Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.
Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop. PAUL MILLER

Network Ten to show live A-League from next season

NETWORK Ten will broadcast A-League and Socceroos matches in a deal agreed with Football Federation Australia and Fox Sports to deliver Australian football to more fans than ever before.

A Saturday night A-League match and all finals clashes will be shown on Network Ten from the start of the 2017-2018 season, as well as Socceroos games once this World Cup qualifying cycle has ended.

Network Ten's One channel will take a live simulcast of Fox Sports' 7.30pm Saturday night match next season, meaning the code's best commentary team featuring the likes of Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater, Simon Hill, Adam Peacock, Andy Harper and Tara Rushton will deliver their coverage to more fans than in the game's history.

The deal comes after Fox Sports signed a six-year agreement with the FFA to continue live coverage of every A-League game, along with coverage of the Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup.

"This is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport," said Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop.

"We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A League - such as the Saturday night derbies - into every household in Australia live for the first time.

"It is part of the overall broadcast deal with Fox Sports and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their 'all games live' coverage of the Hyundai A-League.

"It is terrific to have a new and enthusiastic partner in Network Ten to promote the game."