No free-to-air TV channel has been able to secure broadcast rights to show the Socceroos’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
That means the green and gold can only be watched via subscriptions over the coming months on Foxtel, Kayo or My Football respectively.
The Socceroos begin their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign away against Kuwait on September 11 at 1.30am (AEST) before returning to Australia to play Nepal in Canberra on October 10.
Graham Arnold’s side have played just one match over the past six months, losing 1-0 to Korea Republic, following an early exit from the Asian Cup.
With the green and gold set to disappear off free-to-air TV for the foreseeable future, the A-League could soon join it with Football Federation Australia yet to strike a deal for the coming season.
Channel 10, who have shown one game each round over the past two seasons, are reportedly keen to expand their coverage to two matches each week but want to be able to broadcast them exclusively.
Foxtel currently boasts full broadcast rights to the A-League and will likely need significant compensation if it is to relinquish some of their control.
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The 2019-20 A-League season has seen kick-off times rearranged slightly in an attempt to facilitate a potential free-to-air deal with FFA’s Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, hopeful a deal can still be done.
“Our discussions with potential free to air broadcasters are ongoing and we hope to have a positive announcement before the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season commences,” O’Rourke said last month.
The new A-League season kicks off on October 11 at Coopers Stadium with Adelaide United playing host to reigning champions Sydney FC.