Sydney FC will play five derbies in their first six weeks in a fiery opening to the A-League and W-League 2021-22 seasons.
The Sky Blues are pitted against Western Sydney Wanderers (Nov 20 away) and Macarthur FC (Nov 27 home) in rounds one and two of the A-League, before the W-League season is launched with a home double header to kick off summer against Newcastle Jets (Dec 4) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Opening games in both competitions have been moved back by three weeks to allow time for the potential of full capacity crowds across the Leagues and to manage the impact of border restrictions later in the season.
An away Sydney Derby beckons for the Sky Blues’ women in mid-December (Dec 11), with a second double header at Netstrata against Wellington Phoenix just as the school holidays begin (Dec 19).
An A-League trip to Central Coast Mariners (Dec 12) is sandwiched in between those games, before the opening fixtures are rounded out with another two derbies.
A Boxing Day trip to Campbelltown Stadium to face Macarthur FC is on for Steve Corica’s men, while Leichhardt Oval plays host to Ante Juric’s W-League squad for their second Sydney Derby on December 27th.
A-League Head Coach Steve Corica believe Members couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the campaign.
“A big derby as the first one is a hugely important game to start the season,” he said.
“It’s massive game, and it’s something we will all be looking forward to from the players to the Members.
“Then we’ve another derby game at home straight up against Macarthur FC which will be equally as exciting.
“They’ve signed some good players so it will be a good test for us and we’ll look forward to putting in a good performance in front of our home crowd.”
New Sydney FC W-League Captain Natalie Tobin begins the club’s Premiership defence with a similar set of fixtures to last season.
“When I saw the draw I was really happy about it,” she said.
“We are hoping to start as we did last year with six wins in the first six games which really set us up for our Premiership win and the Finals Series.
“It’s going to be fabulous,” she continued. “It’s summer and it’s school holidays so bring the whole family down and watch the games.
“I think what these last three months have proved is we take our freedoms for granted, so I think people will really want to take advantage and get out to the games.”
In all the first six rounds of the A-League have been released along with the first four W-League rounds.
The remaining games will be announced in the next few weeks as the national roadmap out of Covid continues and details on the lifting of border closures are known.