The make up of the Australia Cup Final Rounds Playoffs are set to be locked in this weekend following the final round of the Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s regular season.
The Australia Cup 2022 Final Rounds Playoffs will feature the four clubs that finish 9th to 12th in the A-League Men 2021/22 Regular Season, with the clubs that finish 9th and 10th earning hosting rights for the encounters.
The winners of the two ties will each seal a spot in the Australia Cup 2022 Final Rounds alongside the top eight (8) A-League Men’s clubs from the current campaign, as well as 22 clubs from a variety of levels and locations from right across Australia’s football ecosystem.
Heading into the final round of the 2021/22 season the bottom four positions are occupied by Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers, Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory.
Perth Glory, who defeated league-leaders Melbourne City in their final match of the season on Tuesday night are locked in 12th position but there’s still room for movement amongst the other three spots in the bottom four.
One of Sydney FC or Macarthur could slip into the bottom four if Newcastle Jets were to beat Central Coast Mariners in the F3 derby on Saturday night.
If the Jets were to defeat the Mariners, a point for Macarthur against Western Sydney Wanderers would be enough for the Bulls to avoid the bottom four while Sydney FC would need to take two points from their final two fixtures against Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar to solidify their safety.
After the final rankings in this season’s A-League Men’s competition are locked in, Football Australia will work with Australian Professional Leagues (APL) and the participating clubs to ensure that the playoff matches do not clash with any forthcoming A-League Men’s 2022 Finals Series fixtures.
The Playoffs are set to be contested next week, with match dates from Thursday, 12 May 2022 to Sunday, 15 May 2022 pencilled in for the fixtures.
Every match in the Australia Cup 2022 – including the Final Rounds Playoffs – will be broadcast live and free across the nation on Network 10 via 10Play.
Isuzu UTE A-League Men Final Round Fixtures
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Macarthur FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Adelaide Unite v Western United
Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
Australia Cup 2022 Final Rounds Playoffs (A-League Men)
Matches: 9th (home) vs. 12th (away) / 10th (home) vs. 11th (away)
Dates: Matches to be played on or between Thursday, 12 May & Sunday, 15 May 2022
Broadcast: Live and free on Network 10 via 10Play