Phoenix chief executive Nathan Greenham said he was satisfied with the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League draw as the club had worked with Football Federation Australia to achieve the best possible outcome for fans and supporters.
Greenham said he was happy with five of the first eight games being at home, plus eight Sunday afternoon games which is positive for the Phoenix-s important family supporters.
“While we are aware of the parameters the FFA has to work within, we asked for and received a few changes to the draft draw,” Greenham said.
“We were conscious it was important to have start times that allow us to maximise our fantastic family following and have been able to achieve that with eight Sunday games kicking off between 4 and 5pm.
“We are also lucky that the later start to the season means the Rugby World Cup doesn-t impact on our home games.
“The release of the draw is an exciting time for everyone connected with the club – the players, fans and our commercial partners.”
In round one the Phoenix travel to play Gold Coast United at Skilled Park and meet Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium the following week in round two.
Round one contains two feature games with a repeat of last season-s grand final between Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium, and a clash of heavyweights Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at Etihad Stadium.”