Yesterday's drawn AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and St Kilda has forced Football Federation Australia to reschedule the first-ever A-League Melbourne derby. The Melbourne Heart versus Melbourne Victory match at AAMI Park was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm but with the AFL Grand Final replay set for the same date at 2:30pm, FFA have put the game back a week.
It will now be held on Friday, October 8 at 7:30pm to avoid a clash with the AFL.
"This is one of our marquee games and it is important that we give our fans every opportunity to get to the game and be part of history," said Head of the Hyundai A-League Lyall Gorman.
"The rescheduling makes sense on a lot of levels and will give us clear space in the lead up and a clear precinct on the night so we can maximize exposure and attendance.
"I would like to acknowledge the collaborative approach taken by the clubs, our broadcaster Foxsports and all of our stakeholders to allow this move to occur."