The Australian Football Domestic Match Calendar for 2022/23 (DMC 2022/23) has been released with Football Australia today outlining key dates for elite football competitions for both men and women and transfer and registration windows for the period from 7 October 2022 until October 7, 2023.
The 2022/23 DMC was designed and implemented to host the game and align Australia with major international football events and activities. It provides clear windows for Isuzu UTE A-League Men, Liberty A-League Women, Australia Cup and National Premier League (NPL) games being played, allowing administrators and teams to advance their planning for Australian football leagues and competitions accordingly.
After extensive consultation with key stakeholders including the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), Football Australia has agreed through the 2022/23 DMC that FIFA’s international windows for men’s and women’s football will be respected throughout the 2022/23 season, with A -League competitions for both men and women are paused while their respective senior Australia teams are in action.
This move will ensure that players selected to represent the national team do not miss club games during periods when they are on international duty and will support an increase in game minutes for those selected to represent the Socceroos or to represent Commonwealth Bank Matildas.
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said the 2022/23 DMC is an important tool for Australian football and will help the game capitalize on several key milestones in the year ahead.
“With the 2022/23 national match calendar now complete, staff from member associations, APL and Football Australia, and clubs within the Australian football ecosystem, can more thoroughly plan their activities for the period 7 October 2022 – 7 October 2023,” Johnson said .
“There are many important milestones that the game can benefit from over the next 12-18 months, with the tailwind of Australia’s participation in this year’s FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar and co-hosting next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™, to fuel interest in the A-Leagues, NPL competitions and the Australia Cup.”
“Now that clear windows for game activity are in place, we can work together to maximize opportunities within player paths, as well as think and act strategically about promoting the sport to ensure every area of the game has the best possible opportunity to support fans, Engage sponsors and audiences at home and abroad.”
“Encouragingly, we will see a significant amount of football at the Australia Cup ahead of the start of the A-League men’s season in early October. This could result in our domestic based Socceroos players being exposed to a lot of competitive football ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar.”
“It took collaborative teamwork to complete the 2022/23 DMC and we thank stakeholders from across the game for their contribution to this important work,” concluded Johnson.
The most important data/features of the DMC 2022/23 include:
- The 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s Regular Season begins on Friday, October 7, 2022, with the 2023 Grand Final being played over the weekend of May 26-27, 2023
- The 2022/23 Liberty A-League women’s regular season begins on Friday 18 November 2022, with the 2023 Grand Final being played over the weekend of 29-30 April 2023
- DMC 2022/23 Australia Cup Final 2023 Final on Saturday 7 October 2023
- The 2023 National Premier League seasons begin on Saturday 4 February 2023 (men) and Saturday 11 February 2023 (women).
- Added placeholder between March 2023 and September 2023 for the establishment of a new national second division competition (men).
- Player welfare slots are included in both the men’s and women’s calendars to ensure players can receive rest/annual leave/commitments in elite football between seasons
To view the 2022/23 Australian football match calendar, please click here.