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A-League set for August 1 restart - sources

A-League players will be back in training on July 1, with the remainder of the season to commence on Aug. 1, sources have told ESPN.

Clubs were informed of the plans late on Friday afternoon (AEST), with five rounds of matches plus a finals series remaining to complete the 2019-20 A-League season.

Details are yet to be confirmed, but the hub model is thought to the preferred option, with Sydney the front-runner to host the remaining fixtures. All teams will observe the ongoing health and safety...

Alen Stajcic calls on Australia's warring football factions to unite

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Central Coast Mariners coach Alen Stajcic says there has never been a more important time in the last five years for Australia's football leaders to come up with a wide-ranging plan everyone can support.

He also warns that people currently pulling the game in different directions and pursuing self interest are risking a repeat of past mistakes.

It's looming as a critical week for the A-League in particular, with Football Federation Australia scheduled to make a status assessment on Wednesday after...

Central Coast Mariners stood down as players union seeks FFA help

Central Coast have become the second A-League club confirmed to stand down players and staff as the financial pitch of the coronavirus pandemic hits.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) announced on Tuesday it had received confirmation from Mariners players that they had received stand down notices.

The Mariners decision comes after Perth Glory owner Tony Sage took similar steps last weekend -- and then predicted all other clubs would follow suit.

- Coronavirus cancellations and reactions across...

A-League to play out remaining games in Sydney and Melbourne

Incredible last-ditch defending from Melbourne City holds the Wanderers to a 1-1 draw. Watch A-League on ESPN+.

A condensed A-League season looks set to play out almost entirely in Sydney and Melbourne under a revamped schedule that is close to finalisation.

Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome gave an insight into the overhauled nature of the league caused by the need to isolate teams and reduce travel because of the coronavirus.

Dome revealed Australia's two biggest cities will be hubs for the remainder of the regular season, which will be completed by mid-April at empty stadiums.

- A-League soldiers...