Wanderers v Macarthur set for season opener as A-League fixtures released

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New club Macarthur FC will face Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League season opener, which will be a double-header along with the W-League clash between the Wanderers and Melbourne Victory at Bankwest Stadium.

There will be 17 A-League matches scheduled in the first two weeks of the season, starting with the opener on Sunday December 27 at 6:30pm (AEDT). 

Sydney FC and Melbourne City will face off in a re-match of last season's grand final on Wednesday December 30 at ANZ Stadium, while there will be an F3 derby on New Year's Eve as the Newcastle Jets travel to Gosford to face the Central Coast Mariners. 

Melbourne Victory's men side will play their first game of the season on January 2 when they host Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park. 

Perth Glory won't kick-off their season until Saturday, January 16 when they host Adelaide United at HBF Park. 

Brisbane Roar will be one of the only teams able to play in front of a full stadium when they kick-off their season on Tuesday, December 29 at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe. 

As things currently stand, Queensland venues are able to be at full capacity, most New South Wales venues will have 50% capacity, with some only allowing 25%, Coopers Stadium in Adelaide will be able to have 50%, Victoria will be limited to 25% and Perth will have a fixed number. 

Currently, Western Australia's border is shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, however organisers are hoping that restrictions will have been relaxed by the time Adelaide are set to travel there.  

Wellington Phoenix will play their 13 home matches at WIN Stadium in Wollongong. 

The first Sydney derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney will take place at ANZ Stadium on Saturday January 16 at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the first clash between the A-League champions and new boys Macarthur will take place at Campbelltown Stadium at 6pm on Sunday January 31. 

The first 'Big Blue' of the season between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC will be at AAMI Park on Tuesday January 26, while the first Melbourne derby of the season between City and Victory will be on Saturday March 6 at 7:00pm. 

The World Game understands the official unbundling of the A-League is set to occur on December 1, at which point a pre-planned marketing campaign will be given a green light. 

Players will be able to live life as normal during the season, although venues they attend must comply with COVID-19 protocols. 

The venues for eight Western United home matches are yet to be confirmed, as they continue to have stadium availability issues. 

The W-League draw will be released inside this week.  

First 25 matches of the A-League season (all times are local)

Sunday, 27 December 2020: Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Macarthur FC, Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, 6:30 PM

Monday, 28 December 2020: Western United FC v Adelaide United, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, 29 December 2020: Brisbane Roar FC v Wellington Phoenix, Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, 30 December 2020: Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, 7:00 PM

Thursday, 31 December 2020: Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, 7:00 PM

Friday, 1 January 2021: Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Western United FC, Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta 7:00 PM

Saturday, 2 January 2021: Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, 5:00 PM

Saturday, 2 January 2021: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar FC, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 7:00 PM

Sunday, 3 January 2021: Macarthur FC v Central Coast Mariners, Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, 4:00 PM

Sunday, 3 January 2021: Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC, Coopers Stadium, Adelaide, 5:30 PM

Tuesday, 5 January 2021: Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers FC, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle 7:00 PM

Wednesday, 6 January 2021: Western United FC v Macarthur FC, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, 7:00 PM

Friday, 8 January 2021: Melbourne City FC v Newcastle Jets, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 7:00 PM

Saturday, 9 January 2021: Macarthur FC v Wellington Phoenix, Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, 5:00 PM

Saturday, 9 January 2021: Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Adelaide United, Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10 January 2021: Brisbane Roar FC v Sydney FC, Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe, 3:00 PM

Sunday, 10 January 2021: Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 12 January 2021: Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix, MARS Stadium, Ballarat, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 January 2021: Macarthur FC v Melbourne City FC, Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, 7:00 PM

Friday, 15 January 2021: Brisbane Roar FC v Central Coast Mariners, Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe, 6:00 PM

Saturday, 16 January 2021: Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 5:00 PM

Saturday, 16 January 2021: Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, 7:00 PM

Saturday, 16 January 2021: Perth Glory v Adelaide United, HBF Park, Perth, 6:20 PM

Sunday, 17 January 2021: Newcastle Jets v Macarthur FC, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, 4:00 PM.

Sunday, 17 January 2021: Melbourne City FC v Western United FC, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 6:00 PM