A-League season to be over sooner

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The A-League is attempting to condense its season despite the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory being forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus.

Gary Hooper
The A-League has made changes to the draw to try to complete the season sooner. Photo: Photosport

While the Phoenix and Victory are unable to take the field matches between other clubs have been brought forward.
Football Federation Australia Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke said the remaining 31 matches of the regular season would be played in a condensed period and the draw would be released on a rolling basis as the FFA responded to the evolving coronavirus protocols.
Once out of isolation the Phoenix face a hectic schedule of six games in less than three weeks.
Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome said he had agreed to the schedule on the understanding that five of their games will be in Sydney and the other in Newcastle.
“We are relatively comfortable with that, given the circumstances,” Dome said.
“Under normal circumstances that would not be an acceptable solution but all the clubs realise that we have to complete the season as soon as possible.”
Four fixtures involving the Phoenix and the Victory have been postponed while they see out their 14-day isolation, forcing changes to this weekend’s matches which will be played behind closed doors.
Newcastle Jets will play Brisbane Roar on the Gold Coast on Friday and then face Melbourne City in Newcastle on Monday.
Perth’s Saturday meeting with Western United has been moved to Monday night to follow the Jets’ home game, while Central Coast and Melbourne City’s clash has been brought forward to finish before Friday’s Gold Coast clash.
Saturday’s game between Western Sydney and Sydney FC remains unchanged.

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