Australia’s prime membership competitors, the A-League, will increase to 12 teams by 2020 with a group primarily based in Western Melbourne becoming a member of subsequent season, Soccer Federation Australia mentioned on Thursday.
A facet primarily based in South West Sydney will be part of the competitors for the 2020-21 season, giving Australia’s two largest cities three golf equipment every.
The two growth teams have been chosen from an preliminary area of eight bids, which was narrowed to six in October.
“There was broad settlement that growth ought to happen on the earliest potential alternative, supplied it’s sustainable and underpins the persevering with progress of the A-League,” FFA chief government David Gallop mentioned.
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“The successive entry of new golf equipment in Western Melbourne and South West Sydney respectively delivers this consequence.”
The group from Western Melbourne have proposed constructing their very own stadium, Gallop mentioned.
“The prospect of a facility owned by soccer for soccer can be a big new milestone for the sport in Australia,” he mentioned.
“Soccer-specific stadia have been extraordinarily profitable in league growth in different components of the world and we’re excited by the prospect of such a facility in Melbourne.”
The Sydney Morning Herald reported earlier on Thursday that till the new stadium was constructed, the Melbourne group would play their dwelling video games in Geelong.
Melbourne’s two different facet’s, Metropolis and Victory, principally use a stadium that additionally hosts rugby league and union matches shut to the town’s central enterprise district.
Each profitable bids have been positioned in areas of fast-growing inhabitants, with soccer competing with three different soccer codes — rugby union, rugby league and Australian Guidelines — in Australia’s crowded sporting market.
The A-League at the moment consists of 10 teams, however the licence of the New Zealand-based Wellington Phoenix can be reviewed on the finish of the 2019-20 season.
The membership was granted a 10-year extension to its licence in 2016, contingent on them hitting sure efficiency targets round crowd attendance, monetary contributions and broadcast income by the top of the 2019-2020 season.