Two Sydney Derbies, the opening match of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season and a home match against Brisbane Roar on Boxing Day are the highlights for Sydney FC following the release of the 2013/14 draw today.
Australia’s football focus will be on Allianz Stadium on Friday 11 October when the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season kicks off with a replay of last year’s epic round two clash between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, which saw 35,000 people witness the home debut of Alessandro Del Piero.
Two weeks later, following a trip to Suncorp Stadium, Allianz Stadium will be dripping with emotion with the first of two Sydney Derbies to take place at the Sky Blues home. Sydney football fans can mark down Saturday 26 October for the 4th edition of the “Sydney Derby”.
Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will also do battle at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 8 March 2014 with the Parramatta Stadium clash taking place on Saturday 11 January 2014.
The other exciting addition to the Sydney FC match fixture is a home game on Boxing Day (26 December) against Brisbane Roar, the first time the Sky Blues have played a match on the day when Australia’s sporting attention is at its most parochial.
Sky Blues fans are also in for a big start to the 2013/14 season as the opening match and round 3 “Sydney Derby” are followed by the Big Blue against Melbourne Victory in round 5 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 9 November.
Sydney FC will play 14 home matches out of the 27 rounds in 2013/14 with two Friday night games, eight Saturday night games, three Sunday afternoon matches and the Thursday afternoon Boxing Day clash.
“It’s a draw that offers plenty of excitement for Sydney FC Members and fans ,” said Sydney FC Tony Pignata. “Two Sydney derbies at Allianz Stadium will certainly give our fans plenty to get excited about, especially the round 3 clash on 26 October.
“We open the A-League season by hosting Newcastle Jets, which will be a huge match as it was last year when more than 35,000 people saw Alessandro Del Piero make his home debut.
“Our Members and fans can also look forward to an action-packed start to the season with the Big Blue clash with Melbourne Victory following the opening match and the first Sydney Derby.
“The Boxing Day clash with Brisbane Roar is another date to mark in the diary and late in the season we finish with back-to-back home matches on Sunday afternoons, including the final regular season home match for Alessandro Del Piero on Sunday 13 April.
“Our Members and fans also voted overwhelmingly in favour of Saturday night matches and we have been handed eight matches at Allianz Stadium in that timeslot.”
Sydney FC’s 2013/14 full Hyundai A-League draw (all kick off times are local times)
Rnd 1 Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets Allianz Stadium Friday 11 October 7.30pm
Rnd 2 Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC Suncorp Stadium Saturday 19 October 6.30pm
Rnd 3 Sydney FC v Western Sydney Allianz Stadium Saturday 26 October 7.30pm
Rnd 4 Perth Glory v Sydney FC nib Stadium Saturday 2 November 2.30pm
Rnd 5 Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Allianz Stadium Saturday 9 November 7.30pm
Rnd 6 Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC AAMI Park Friday 15 November 7.30pm
Rnd 7 Sydney FC v Wellington Allianz Stadium Saturday 23 November 5.30pm
Rnd 8 Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets Allianz Stadium Saturday 30 November 7.30pm
Rnd 9 Central Coast v Sydney FC Bluetongue Stadium Saturday 7 December 7.30pm
Rnd 10 Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart Allianz Stadium Sunday 15 December 5.00pm
Rnd 11 Wellington v Sydney FC Westpac Stadium Sunday 22 December 7.00pm
Rnd 12 Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar TBC Thursday 26 December 7.30pm
Rnd 13 Adelaide United v Sydney FC Hindmarsh Stadium Friday 3 January 7.00pm
Rnd 14 Western Sydney v Sydney FC Parramatta Stadium Saturday 11 January 7.30pm
Rnd 15 Sydney FC v Central Coast Allianz Stadium Saturday 18 January 7.30pm
Rnd 16 Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Sunday 26 January 5.00pm
Rnd 17 Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC AAMI Park Friday 31 January 7.30pm
Rnd 18 Sydney FC v Adelaide United Allianz Stadium Saturday 8 February 7.30pm
Rnd 19 Sydney FC v Perth Glory Allianz Stadium Saturday 15 February 5.30pm
Rnd 20 Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC Hunter Stadium Saturday 22 February 5.30pm
Rnd 21 Central Coast v Sydney FC Bluetongue Stadium Saturday 1 March 5.30pm
Rnd 22 Sydney FC v Western Sydney Allianz Stadium Saturday 8 March 7.30pm
Rnd 23 Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar Allianz Stadium Friday 14 March 7.30pm
Rnd 24 Adelaide United v Sydney FC Hindmarsh Stadium Friday 21 March 7.00pm
Rnd 25 Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC AAMI Park Saturday 29 March 7.30pm
Rnd 26 Sydney FC v Wellington Allianz Stadium Sunday 6 April 5.00pm
Rnd 27 Sydney FC v Perth Glory Allianz Stadium Sunday 13 April 5.00pm
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