Football Coaches Australia (FCA) is delighted that Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced the agreement of a revised broadcast deal with Fox Sports.
The Agreement will extend the FFA’s relationship with Fox Sports until at least July 2021.
“On behalf of our Members we congratulate James Johnston, Greg O’Rourke and Fox Sports’ senior management on agreeing to a new broadcast deal to secure the professional game over the next 12 months,” says FCA President Phil Moss.
The deal follows recent confirmation that the 2019-20 A-League season is set to restart in mid-July. This means Fox Sports will televise the remainder of the current season and the next, which is scheduled from December 2020 to July 2021.
“The coaches haven’t gone a day without working exceptionally hard during this past 3 months or so to ensure they and their players remain engaged, committed and ready to resume the 2019-20 Hyundai A-League season in the hope it would continue to be broadcast by Fox Sports,” Moss says.
“We’d also like to acknowledge the communication and collaborative manner in which FFA and the Clubs, led by James & Greg, have engaged with FCA and our coaches during this period and we look forward to a continued strengthening of our relationship moving forward.”
Fox Sports has enjoyed a strong relationship with the FFA since the A-League’s inception in 2004. But concerns around the effects of COVID-19, public gatherings and restart dates for professional sports led to the revision.
“It goes without saying that Fox Sports has been a crucial and dedicated partner over the course of the A-League and it’s exciting to see that continue as we enter a time of great challenge, but even greater opportunity, post-COVID,” Moss adds.
The fixture adjustments will mark the first time since 1989 that Australia’s top domestic division will be played into the winter months.
The FFA agreement with Fox Sports also includes rights to broadcast the W-League and certain international fixtures until July 2021. These include the Socceroos final four World Cup qualifiers in their current group and both Socceroos and Matildas friendlies.