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A-League: Western United to host games in Tasmania

A-League football will return to Tasmania for the first time in eight years after the Victorian Club’s Western United play two home matches at Launceston’s York Park this season.

The partnership between United and the Tasmanian government and football Tasmania will also play two home games in York Park next season.

Since the start of the A-League in 2005, only two games have been played in Tasmania.

They were also hosted by Melbourne Victory in York Park during the 2012-2013 season and ended in a 1-1 draw in both the then-A-League clubs Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners.

media_cameraMelbourne Victory’s Marcos Flores (left) will fight Oliver Bozanic of the Central Coast Mariners at the final A-League match in Launceston on January 12, 2013. Saturday, January 12, 2013.Photo: AAP image / Kröller

“Thanks to Western United and the state government for returning the A-League to Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian football community,” said Tasmanian football CEO Matt Barkley.

“Soccer, with nearly 40,000 participants, is Tasmania’s most played team sport and is becoming more popular, especially among junior players.

“The next step in growing sports in Tasmania is to increase the presence of the A-League. Such partnerships are essential to maintaining football’s position as Tasmania’s most played team sport. is.”

The return of the A-League to Tasmania was due to the state government being trapped in a fight to put the Apple Isle team in AFL.

AFL continues to consider having a Tasmanian team, but the state government appears ready to invest in other sports, and Tasmanian Jack Jumper will join the National Basketball League next season.

Chris Perivanis, CEO of Western United, said the club’s partnership with the Tasmanian government and Tasmanian football is in line with the club’s “big dream” mantra.

“The common value of being self-made and diligent naturally harmonizes both the people of western Victoria and the Tasmanian community,” says Pehlivanis.

“In addition to growing football games at the grassroots level in Tasmania, our ambitions are working with Australian tourism organizations to give the industry a long-awaited boost after a difficult 2020, COVID-19 lockdown. And to start in 2021. Border closure.

“We consider sports to be an entertainment business, and entertainment and tourism are inextricably linked.”

Due to the flexible and rolling schedule of the A-League, the dates and opponents for United’s two games at York Park this season have not yet been confirmed.

However, it seems that at least one, and in some cases both, will be played in April.

The partnership also includes a women’s exhibition match between Calder United and the local Tasmanian national team.

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