Wellington Phoenix Relocating To The Land Down Under For The A-League

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New Zealand’s Wellington football team have decided to relocate to Australia to ensure that they can compete and continue playing as normal while the pandemic is currently ongoing around the world.

The last time this occurred for the 2019/20 season, the team had to remain in Australia for three months exile. Yet due to its success the assembly is set to take place in the upcoming week.

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On Tuesday last week, the club made a statement on how their games would essentially continue as normal within Australia. New Zealand has become a bit of an issue as of late, as travel has been pretty much put on hold this past year. However due to the travel bubble present within Australia, Wellington can see more flexibility to who comes and sees their matches etc. Currently Australia has no quarantining necessary between Australia and New Zealand, however New Zealand has such travel restrictions for anywhere else.

Many of the staff that work behind the scenes for Wellington, have had to make sacrifices to be apart from their families during this sport season, so it makes sense that they should travel wherever possible to make it easier for everyone involved in the team as a whole. It definitely is a sad time, when friends and families have to face the prospect of being away-especially for the Christmas period. So, the question that was asked ultimately was, why not make things easier for the long term?

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The Australian soccer season is due to start from the 27th of December, after being delayed for over two months from the offset of Coronavirus. There has been a long continuous passing of the Phoenix squad actually sacrificing their football players, just to allow it to continue for the greater public and sports fans. However, if anything, this can cause irregularities with the actual season overall, especially when sacrificing key players. So, by deciding to play in a location where the majority of players are actually from, and not having to quarantine is a plus through and through.

Phoenix actually left New Zealand for Australia in June, to get their season finished with no major delays and to keep things going despite the pandemic that raged particularly hard in previous months. It was important for the association to get past the playoffs and get to the regular season standing. It was not until August that the season became competitive and that it was competitive, and on the point scoring basis. Phoenix unfortunately finished their season with third place, after losing out to Perth 1-0.

Phoenix of course needed to isolate and put themselves into quarantine, being that they were playing in the peak of the pandemic, and returned to New Zealand during the peak of travel restrictions.

Feature image credit: Cameron McIntosh

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