Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released the draw for the Foxtel Y-League 2017/18 Season.
The rebranded competition will once again see the ten clubs divided into two conferences; Conference A (Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar FC, Melbourne City FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory) and Conference B (Central Coast Mariners, Canberra United, Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC). Within each conference, the teams will play each other twice over 10 rounds (4 home / 4 away – 8 matches and 2 byes per team).
The Foxtel National Y-League 2017/18 Season will commence on the weekend of 18/19 November 2017, with the top team from each conference to meet in the Foxtel Y-League 2018 Grand Final on the weekend of the 3/4 February 2018.
FFA’s Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke, is excited about the upcoming season and looking forward to see what new talent is unearthed.
“With all Australian-based Hyundai A-League clubs now having youth team representation in their respective state based NPL competitions we see the very best youth compete throughout the winter from a rich tapestry of clubs across our nation.
“The Foxtel Y-League will complement that participation by extending the season for the Y-League teams and ensure that our best youth footballers development is maximised and the A-League clubs continue to be provided with a pipeline of talent,”
“The Foxtel Y-League provides great opportunities for our top youth footballers to become part of the A-League ecosystems. Since the inception of the competition we have seen countless players make the transition to the full Hyundai A-League contracts and National Team selection. This includes current Caltex Socceroos Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury and Milos Degenek to name a few” concluded O’Rourke.
Key features of the Foxtel National Youth League 2017/18 Season Draw include:
- Four (4) Double-Header matches with Westfield W-League fixtures across the season
- Round 1 (Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners) with Westfield W-League Round 4 (Newcastle Jets v Canberra United) @ No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle
- Round 2 (Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC) with Westfield W-League Round 5 (Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets) @ Marden Sports Complex, Marden
- Round 3 (Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory) with Westfield W-League Round 6 (Melbourne City FC v Adelaide United) @ CB Smith Reserve, Moreland
- Round 3 (Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Sydney FC) with Westfield W-League Round 6 (Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Perth Glory) @ Marconi Stadium, Fairfield
- One (1) Double-Header match with a Hyundai A-League fixture
- Round 4 (Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United) prior to Hyundai A-League Round 10 (Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United) at Etihad Stadium, Docklands