FFA announce expanded A-League final series

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The FFA have today announced a revamped finals format for the Hyundai A-League that will come into play next season.

With the introduction of new clubs Western United and Macarthur South West United, the A-League will also have a revamped finals format that sees the top eight teams make the play-offs.

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The FFA have opted for the McIntyre Final Eight System: a system previously used in the AFL and the NRL before both codes dropped the system in 1999 and 2012 respectively.

Moving to a top eight will prove a controversial decision amongst fans with the current six team finals format being both loved and loathed in equal measure.

While the top six currently sees 60% of the league qualify for the play-offs, the top eight format will temporarily see 73% of teams make the finals in 2019/20 before dropping to just 67% once Macarthur South West joins in 2020/21.

FFA CEO David Gallop said that the decision was not taken lightly but it made sense both commercially and for fan engagement.

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“Following the NRL’s decision to go to a top 10 finals series next season, FFA have followed suit with a unique and original finals format,” explained Gallop.

“As FFA retain all revenues from finals tickets, we believe shortening the regular season to accommodate the expanded finals is a prudent commercial decision.

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“We originally investigated a 10 team finals series similar to the NRL, but after the 2015 Grand Final debacle, we’re not confident we can organise that many stadiums on the same weekend.

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