Sydney v Adelaide to kick off A-League

Adelaide United will host Sydney FC in the opening match of the A-League season on Friday, October 19, with a Melbourne derby to be played at Etihad Stadium the following day.

Football Federation Australia released the season draw on Thursday and, while the league will break for international windows in November 12-20 and March 18-26, there is no recess for the Asian Cup which runs from January 5 to February 1.

The finals series begins on the weekend of May 3-5 with the grand final to be played on the weekend of May 18-19.