Greg O'Rourke says more derbies was reason for A-League expansion.
Greg O'Rourke says more derbies was reason for A-League expansion.

A-League chief explains expansion selections

Head of the A-League Greg O'Rourke says one of the main reasons for selecting expansion teams from Sydney and Melbourne was to create more derbies to fill stadiums.

Australian football's governing body have given the green light for Western Melbourne and Macarthur-South West Sydney to join the A-League over the next two years, but some fans have been left scratching their heads as to why the FFA picked these two applicants in particular.

Speaking at the expansion announcement, O'Rourke promised the new teams would deliver more derbies with easy access to away games for travelling fans.

"One of the things that was important to us was the ability to have more derbies," O'Rourke said.

"It's a clustering effect if you like, of having an ability for away fans to have reasonable travel times to these games.

"By having another game in Melbourne, (it) allows more away fans to be at City games and the Victory games.

"To have another game in Sydney allows for more people to attend as away fans to Sydney FC and Wanderers games and Central Coast Mariners games and potentially Newcastle Jets games.

"So one of the things that has been obvious in these metrics is we can attract a lot of home fans but getting away fans is difficult because outside of the derbies they need to catch a plane."