No football, no A-League grand final, no hype… but also no despair | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA CEO James Johnson is in a honeymoon period and the well-practised urge to despair about the state of the game is on hold for now

Last year’s grand final was the best-attended in A-League history and the buzz around the event breathed new life into football in Western Australia. In the days preceding the match headlines celebrated the demand for tickets as Optus Stadium turned Perth Glory purple in preparation for the domestic game’s marquee fixture.

The contrast with the corresponding weekend this season could not be starker. The A-League, like sporting competitions around the world, is waiting for its opportunity to return to action amid the Covid-19 pandemic. There is nothing to hype. Fans are not flocking anywhere and there are no heated debates about premiers-elect Sydney FC squatting in Western Sydney Wanderers’ home for the day. On the plus side there can be no VAR catastrophe.

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