Hyundai A-League draw released

Football Federation Australia has released the draw for the 2009/10 A-League season.

This season there will be two new teams, Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury, which will make for 6 extra rounds and a top 6 instead of top 4 for finals.

The season will kick off on Thursday August 6 with reigning champions Melbourne Victory hosting current Asian Champions League representatives Central Coast Mariners.

"There will be 10 teams this season playing 6 more rounds of football and resulting in 51 more games than previous seasons played in 13 cities,” said FFA CEO Ben Buckley.

"This draw is good news for players, fans, clubs and the media.

"We have two new teams, 135 games and a total of 12,150 minutes of game time in the regular season alone.

"The 2009-10 season will start slightly earlier than previously (on 6 August) to allow for the additional rounds but this was the preferred solution of FFA and the Hyundai A-League clubs.

"We have a number of unique international factors which have to be taken into account which are placeholders for the draw."