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FFA expect Grand Final to be most-watched A-League match ever

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is anticipating that this weekend's 2013/14 A-League Grand Final will attract the most viewers ever for a club match in Australia.

Brisbane Roar host the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday with the game to be shown on free-to-air TV for the first time in the history of the A-League.

The match is also set to be broadcast into 57 countries in Europe, North America and Asia and will be streamed live internationally at www.aleague.livesport.tv.

FFA revealed that 'SBS TV's delayed free to air coverage adds reach to all households to the exclusively live coverage of FOX SPORTS, whose coverage commences on FOX SPORTS 2HD at 3pm. SBS TV starts at 4pm on SBS 2'.

FFA chief David Gallop was thrilled with the major growth of the A-League which has allowed FFA to beam the 2013/14 decider between the Roar and the Wanderers to more than 250 million people.

"The 2014 Grand Final will be the greatest showcase for Australian football ever seen, thanks to the domestic and international broadcast and internet deals we've done over the past year with our agent World Sports Group," said Gallop.

"The presence of marquee players has been the catalyst, but it's the quality of play and entertainment value that has convinced broadcasters at home and abroad to invest in our rights.

"We have opened the eyes of the world to the Hyundai A-League and now fans worldwide they can watch all of our stars in action on a weekly basis, including Sunday's blockbuster in Brisbane."

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