• Marquee match-up... Sydney's Del Piero and Newcastle's Heskey face-off in Round 1 (Getty)
The 2013-2014 A-League season kicks-off LIVE on SBS in October with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets going head to head at Allianz Stadium.
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22 May 2013 - 9:54 AM  UPDATED 22 May 2013 - 4:07 PM

The fixture will be the first A-League game to be broadcast LIVE on free-to-air with a Grand Final re-match between champion Central Coast Mariners and Premiers' Plate winner Western Sydney Wanderers and the Melbourne derby to follow on Saturday.

"For the first time we will have Hyundai A-League action on both subscription and free-to-air television which can only be a good thing for the greater growth of the sport in Australia," FFA CEO David Gallop said.

"Fox Sports and SBS coverage of the Hyundai A-League will allow for football to continue its sharp growth trend. Reaching a wider audience meaning more fans can get closer to the action than ever before at our fantastic venues or via our television, radio and digital properties."

Rounding out Round 1 on Sunday, Wellington Phoenix hosts Brisbane Roar before Perth Glory and Adelaide United go head-to-head.

Football Federation Australia officially released the draw at 11am Wednesday with the competition to conclude in the first weekend of May, the latest ever finish to an A-League season, to move it into line with the major European leagues.

Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart will host two of the three respective derbies during the 135 game 27 round regular season - with the first Sydney derby in Round 3.

The busy festive period schedule will continue with 16 games packed into 18 days with Sydney FC to play Brisbane Roar on Boxing Day and the Mariners' successful New Year's Eve fixture locked in once again.

Melbourne Victory plays host to Sydney FC in the second instalment of the Big Blue for the campaign on Australia Day.

Townsville, Albury and North Sydney Oval will host games during the season with the knockout three week final series to remain in tact.

"This season’s draw has been crafted to ensure that whether you are an avid supporter of a team or the many new fans discovering the Hyundai A-League there is always something to look forward to in every round of the 2013-14 competition," Gallop said.