Why a state of origin tournament would be great for the A-League

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When state pride is on the line, the stakes are always higher.

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Having an A-League state of origin will allow each state to showcase its best footballers and square off for national supremacy. 

Regardless of the sporting code, Australians have always enjoyed a state of origin spectacle. 

In 2019, the first game of the NRL State of Origin series gathered 2,192,000 viewers and was the second most-watched Australian TV event that year. 

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While the series has always thrived in rugby league, the Queensland/New South Wales rivalry also reached association football in 2020. 

During December last year, players from the New South Wales NPL and the Queensland NPL squared off in an interstate showcase that attracted a great turn out. 

Considering the success of the match hosted by Football NSW and Football Queensland at Perry Park, the A-League should build on the concept and take it nationwide. 

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A great way to do this would be introducing an end of year competition featuring the A-League’s five participating states – New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

The tournament would take place over  a long weekend using a round-robin format.

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After every side has played each other once, the two states with the best records will advance to the final to determine the national champion. 

One state would host the competition each year to create a fresh atmosphere and stimulate the local economy.

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The NRL Magic Round in 2019 was a great example of what a weekend-long sporting event can do for a state.

Over 134,000 fans attended the spectacle and helped the Queensland Government generate million across the weekend.

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Forming a new interstate tournament would be an excellent opportunity for football fans to get behind their home-grown talent, and give local governments a much-needed economic boost following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So A-League executives, the floor is yours. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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