APL Statement: A-League 2021 Grand Final Update

STATEMENT FROM AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES (APL)

MELBOURNE City FC fans will get the chance to roar their team towards a first A-League title, after it was confirmed that the A-League 2021 Grand Final between Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC will take place at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Sunday 27 June (Kick-off 5:05pm (AEST)).

As announced by the Victorian Government, AAMI Park will operate at 50% capacity under COVID-19 restrictions, allowing for a crowd of up to 15,000 to attend the grand final.

It means that Melbourne City FC can host an A-League Grand Final for the first time in the club’s history, having also been crowned Premiers this season, while Sydney FC are chasing an unprecedented third title in a row as the reigning champions.

A-League Commissioner Greg O’Rourke offered his thanks to the Victorian Government for helping to ensure the game could be played in Melbourne, after last weekend’s semifinal had to be switched to Sydney due to restrictions in place at the time. 

“Together with all our stakeholders, we have been working through multiple scenarios to make sure we produce the best possible outcome for football and for the fans,” O’Rourke said.

“The evolving restrictions have presented ongoing challenges on every front – we need to keep everyone safe, to put on the best possible event, and we want to make sure that fans, players and clubs have the best possible experience.

“This announcement means that Melbourne City are deservedly able to play a grand final at home in front of a raucous crowd and we hope as many Sydney FC fans as possible will be there, given evolving COVID-19 restrictions across Victoria and NSW, to make it an enthralling occasion. The game is taking place on Sunday to make sure fans can plan their trip with the most time possible given this very late confirmation”.

“We’ve got two teams looking to make history by winning the grand final and we can’t wait to see it all happen on Sunday.”

Ticketing will go on-sale tonight. Detailed information will be released shortly. 

The A-League 2021 Grand Final, will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, available to stream free through Kayo Freebies which anyone can access through the Kayo App or via kayosports.com.au/freebies and My Football Live with delayed broadcast on ABC TV.