Your 2020/21 Central Coast Mariners A-League fixture is finally here, and we’ll kick off the season with a blockbuster F3Derby on New Year’s Eve in Gosford!
The 26-round fixture sees the Mariners play 13 games at Central Coast Stadium, beginning with that massive game against the Jets before an away trip follows in round two against league newcomers Macarthur.
The Mariners will take on Macarthur, Western United, Melbourne City and the Jets three times each across the season while facing the other seven clubs twice to make up the 26 games.
A busy start to the schedule sees the team play nine games in the first 38 days of the season, with five home clashes but Head Coach Alen Stajcic said on Tuesday the team is ready for the challenge.
“First of all, it’s great to have the return of the A-League getting closer, and now that fixtures are here we really can’t wait for the season to begin,” he said.
“Beginning our season with a derby is special enough, but to do it on New Year’s Eve which is traditionally an important date for us anyway will make for a really great occasion and it’s an exciting way to kick off.”
“The schedule is testing, playing that many games that quickly, but we’re confident with the squad we have, and this is a challenge that we will take head on.”
“We showed post-Covid break that we can perform well with short turnarounds and we will manage the squad to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of success in every game.”
FOX SPORTS will broadcast A-League and Westfield W-League football for six days a week up until the end of the women’s season, including every match of the A-League season and the 2021 Finals Series and two matches per round of the Westfield W-League season as well as all 2021 Finals Series matches.
ABCTV will broadcast live one match per round of the A-League and Westfield W-League 2020/21 Season, all matches of the Westfield W-League 2021 Finals Series live and provide a delayed broadcast of one A-League 2021 Elimination Final, one A-League 2021 Semi Final and the A-League 2020 Grand Final.
Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke said:
“We are kicking off with a summer of football – a December start, games broadcast six days a week, and more young, Australian talent on the pitch than ever before, with more than 40 Olyroos and Young Socceroos and Matildas in the two leagues.
“We’ve always had an ambition to align to the A-League and W-League seasons, so to be able to do that this year is a big step forward. The later than usual season start also means that we have more crossover with the other parts of the Australian football family.
“This has been one of the most challenging fixture processes we’ve ever been involved in because of the continually evolving restrictions, but our priority has always been bringing the best football to fans in the safest way, working with all our stakeholders to do so.”
There remains plenty of preparation to take place before the season begins with trial matches organised and some new faces to arrive, so stay tuned to ccmariners.com.au for all the latest as well as any changes to the A-League 20/21 fixtures.