Category: Leagues: A-League

ESPN+ acquires Eredivisie, A-League and Chinese Super League rights

Just in time for the new Eredivisie season, ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights to the Dutch league in the United States. On top of that, ESPN+ has also acquired the rights to the Australian A-League and Chinese Super League. The rights deal comes in the same week that ESPN+ acquired the rights to Serie A. The fact that the Dutch league has finally found a home in the United States is big news. In previous seasons, the Eredivisie has been shown across Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN2, GolTV, ESPN3, NGSN, OZ.com and Univision Deportes in addition to not being available ... Read more

Aussie coach calls for VAR appeals after A-League blunder

Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Bert van Marwijk suggested a refinement of the controversial VAR technology Monday to allow teams to consult the video referee after a software glitch marred the A-League final. Melbourne Victory beat the Newcastle Jets 1-0 to clinch the domestic title with a contentious goal after a breakdown in the video technology, which will be used at the upcoming World Cup in Russia. The goal was allowed to stand after a technical issue meant that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not have access to camera views which would have shown a clear offside. Technology partner ... Read more

Video ref to be used in Australia’s A-League

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s A-League will become the first top-level domestic football league in the world to implement the video assistant referee system, officials said on Monday. After six months of training and lower-tier live trials, Football Federation Australia’s director of referees Ben Wilson said he was confident most teething issues had been resolved. “We’ve come across a couple around the expectations of what a clear error is, also the challenge on the time it takes to make decisions, and the way those decisions are communicated to the broadcaster and the fans,” Wilson said. “Those three things we’ve worked through ... Read more

Diamonds cut Sydney to ribbons in AFC Champions League game

Sydney (AFP) – Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds smashed four second-half goals past Western Sydney Wanderers to start their AFC Champions League with a thumping 4-0 win on Tuesday. Shinzo Koroki and Tadanari Lee struck within two minutes of each other before Tomoaki Makino and Rafael Silva also got on the scoresheet as the Group F visitors ran riot in Sydney. The result gives Urawa an early boost in their campaign for a second Champions League crown, but dents the Wanderers’ chances of emulating their fairytale title run of 2014, when the club was just two years old. Urawa shaded a ... Read more

Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act. The FFA issued a show-cause notice on Wanderers, foreshadowing a likely hefty fine, ahead of the Sydney club’s Asian Champions League opener against Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday. Fans raised the obscene banner at the ANZ Stadium when the Wanderers ended Sydney FC’s 19-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory in front of a near 45,000 crowd on Saturday. Security staff managed to remove the banner depicting ... Read more

Australian football star Cahill apologises over bizarre red card

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s Tim Cahill has apologised for swearing at a referee after he was bizarrely sent off before he even made it onto the pitch in last week’s explosive Melbourne derby. The former Everton forward, now with Melbourne City, was about to come on as a substitute when he made his comments to the referee following Melbourne Victory’s controversial winner. “I sincerely apologise to (referee) Chris Beath for my reaction,” Australia’s all-time record goalscorer, 37, said via Instagram late Monday. “My behaviour also hurt the game so I also apologise to my team, to Melbourne Victory and to ... Read more

Sydney FC charge to 11-point lead in A-League football

Melbourne (AFP) – Sydney FC have extended their unbeaten run to 17 matches and opened an 11-point lead at the top of Australia’s A-League with a 2-1 win over title rivals Melbourne Victory. Graham Arnold’s Sky Blues came from behind to defeat 10-man Victory for the second time this season to all but seal the A-League premiership with 10 games left to the finals. Bernie Ibini scored the winner midway through the second half after Filip Holosko cancelled out James Troisi’s opener for Victory. Andrew Nabbout scored a double as Newcastle Jets downed Melbourne City 2-1 to return to the top ... Read more

Premier League giants Chelsea to play Perth Glory in Australia

Sydney (AFP) – English Premier League giants Chelsea will play the A-League’s Perth Glory in a friendly next year in the team’s only Australian appearance, officials said Sunday. The match will take place in late July or early August at Perth’s new 65,000-capacity stadium, Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett said in a statement. Officials are hopeful Antonio Conte’s side — the 2014-15 Premier League champions and current league leaders — will attract fans from across the island continent and from Asia. “This is an enormous opportunity for not only football fans, but sport fans in general, from around the nation ... Read more