You gotta have a scheme

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The countdown is on. Tomorrow the newspapers across Australia will be free from copious coverage of the AFL, NRL and other such foul acronyms.

The airwaves are now clear. Cue football season.

A Sydney Derby in Round One signals a blockbuster start to the competition, regardless of the fact season twelve of the Hyundai A-League begins the night prior up in Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar, a team with less members than your average RSL. Toppled again by an acronym after failing to get their backroom ducks in line during the offseason.

Tim Cahill will miss the opening game of the A-League, off on international duty with the Socceroos. Which is fine because it’s against the Phoenix in Wellington.

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Rusted on fans are unimpressed with the marketing of the league that you could be forgiven for not knowing starts this week. “You gotta have a team” feels lazy. Tacky. A far cry from Aussie Rules “many colours” and such.

But that’s okay. ANZ will be full with over 50,000 football fans, the highest attendance there for a regular season fixture for any code in a long time.

SBS will cover Friday night A-League once again, complimenting their EPL coverage and keeping a healthy amount of football on a network that has supported the sport since before anyone can remember.

Take that, acronyms.

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