No hubs for new A-League, W-League seasons

The A-League and W-League will not keep teams in hubs for season 2020/21, the ABC understands.

The decision will set the leagues apart from most other Australian domestic sporting competitions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The news comes with the release of the A-League schedule for the new season, which kicks off on December 27.

The season will begin with a double-header involving the A-League and W-League, which will have the same opening day.

Western Sydney Wanderers will play expansion team Macarthur FC in their A-League debut, followed by the W-League’s Wanderers hosting Melbourne Victory, with both games at Western Sydney Stadium.

Games will be played in five states — New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Games in Perth will not begin until January 16, and the first home game for Adelaide United will be on January 3, but all other states will have games prior to January 1.

It is understood that crowd capacities will vary between the states, with games in Queensland allowing 100 per cent capacity.

The majority of venues in NSW and venues in South Australia and Western Australia will have 50 per cent ground capacity, while it is expected that Victorian venues will have 25 per cent capacity.

Fox Sports will broadcast games from either competition six days a week.

ABC will show one live match every week from both the A-League and W-League, with the A-League game in the 5:00pm AEDT Saturday timeslot and the W-League game at 4:00pm AEDT on Sundays.

The W-League schedule is expected to be released later this week.