The 2020-21 A-League and W-League seasons will kick off on Sunday, December 27.
There will be 161 A-League matches played over 23 weeks, with the grand final set for June, while it will also be newcomers Macarthur FC’s first season in the competition, with the league expanding to 12 teams.
FFA head of leagues Greg O’Rourke believes that the timing is ideal.
“This year’s calendar sees us kicking off two seasons of Australia’s best football on the same day, right in the middle of summer,” he said.
“The men’s competition now features 12 teams, including three in Sydney and three in Melbourne, meaning more derbies, more intensity and more fans.
“With families at home together during the holiday season, great weather and games broadcast live on multiple platforms, there are so many ways for fans to be close to the action, at home or in the stadium.”
The nine-team W-League will complete a 57-game season, with the grand final due to be held in April.
The W-League is arguably facing its most challenging season after the majority of the Matildas departed the competition to base themselves at Europe’s top clubs.
Perth Glory chief executive Tony Pignata said it was exciting to have a date set for the start of both the A-League and Westfield W-League Season and for their teams to return to action.
“I’d like to thank our members and fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to the Glory family being reunited when the 2020/21 Season gets underway,” he said.
The new calendar means the majority of the campaign will be played concurrently with the grassroots football season.