A-League and W-League chiefs have been working frantically to reschedule the fixture list in the wake of the coronavirus crisis in NSW, but the season is still expected to kick-off on December 27, as scheduled, when the new match program is unveiled on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory coaching staff and players are set to avoid a nightmare Christmas in lockdown thanks to an exemption to Victorian government rules as the end of their quarantine period in NSW nears. Victory coach Grant Brebner, his support staff and players have been in quarantine in Sydney since returning from their Asian Champions League campaign in Doha earlier this month.
Melbourne City’s men’s and women’s teams were set to travel to Sydney for a December 30 grand final rematch, but that game will now almost certainly be rescheduled when A-League boss Greg O’Rourke announces the new fixture.
A-League new-boys Macarthur and Western Sydney Wanderers can still kick-off the campaign as programmed, but Melbourne Victory’s women, who were due to travel to play the curtain-raiser against Western Sydney, will not head north. They will be replaced by another opponent.