A-League looking to kick off later ahead of review

An upcoming A-League review, to be undertaken by Football Federation Australia, will suggest that the season should kick off later and the number of midweek games should be reduced.

An upcoming A-League review, to be undertaken by Football Federation Australia, will suggest that the season should kick off later and the number of midweek games should be reduced.

FFA chairman Frank Lowy and chief executive Ben Buckley fielded questions about Australia’s World Cup bid on Tuesday but were also prepared to dissect the current format of the national competition.

Buckley admitted that starting the season later as to not clash with rival codes the AFL and NRL was a no-brainer and the number of total matches, including midweek fixtures would be revised.

The FFA board will later this week discuss a strategic review paper containing feedback from the game's stakeholders aimed at boosting the A-League.

“That will make a series of recommendations about some changes we need to make within the A-League to reignite it and to refresh it and to kick-start it and to build attendances, so that's an absolute priority for us," Buckley said.

"I think there's a strong view from all quarters of football that we need to start the season later, whether that is the middle of September or the middle of October.

"We're still working through some final models but most likely it will be the start of October going through to April.

“I think what we're seeing at the moment, is probably too many midweek games in particular, they work in some cities, they don't work in others," Buckley added.

"The ultimate number of games hasn't been determined, but our first priority is to make sure that whatever we do improves the financial performance of the clubs."

Meetings over the next few days are also likely to decide the fate of North Queensland Fury and incoming club Western Sydney.

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