It’s time to scrap Monday night football

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To date, this season’s A-League has been filled with open play, excitement and goals. But one thing that has to be forgotten next year is Monday night fixtures.

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Politics in media means that Australian football fans are rarely treated to any significant exposure on the ‘back page’ of newspapers.

Sadly, in this country, a big football headline is more often than not a negative (or anti-football) story.

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And after just 990 fans (an A-League record for lowest home attendance) turned up to see Western United beat Newcastle Jets in April, the A-League shot back into the media spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Sports media became filled with negative football headlines. These stories are damaging for the reputation of the league locally and from afar.

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This A-League season has been reclaimed by young players who have reinvigorated the league with excitement and goals. There is so much good in the A-League to be celebrated in the media.

But, the failure of Monday football gave the media an excuse to publish another anti-football story.

And it’s not the first time that Monday has failed to attract fans. In the eight Monday night fixtures this season, the average attendance is about 3900 (highlights include a 1343 attendance between Wellington and City in Wollongong).

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There are many reasons why Monday night is a red flag for sporting fixtures (first day of the week, school night) and even Tuesday nights seem to be more popular by fans (with an average of 5600 in 10 games).

In fairness to the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), this season’s scheduling has been hampered by COVID – and they have had to squeeze in games into time slots not traditionally used for sports.

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Whispers of a new television deal have been heard recently. Let’s pray that this is true – so next season’s A-League will be boosted by greater funds, allowing the APL to market and format the league to the games potential. And, we can hopefully forget Monday nights forever.

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Adam Sheldon
Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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