“You’ve seen that live streaming sites all over the country are focusing on football, there’s a lot of interest in the sport,” Santo said.
“So it’s really going to be a game changer for the fans who come away on Sunday morning thinking it’s been a great experience and they understand a lot of the players they’re seeing on the screen … a lot of the players are in the A-League. Kick the ball”.
The First Division men’s season resumes this weekend and all eight members of the Socceroos squad are expected to feature for their clubs, including Kuol and Mathew Leckie, who scored a superb goal against Denmark.
At the Allianz Arena on Saturday night, Leckie is expected to join Melbourne City team-mates Marco Thirio and Jamie McLaren against Sydney FC, with Andrew Redmayne in goal.
In Gosford on Sunday afternoon, the Central Coast Mariners believe Kuol, Jason Cummings and Danny Vukovic will face Newcastle. Adelaide United manager Calviat said Craig Goodwin – who scored against France, assisted Mickey Duke’s goal against Tunisia and hit the shot that led to an own goal for Argentina – Will play on Friday night.
Before leaving Qatar, Goodwin said: “We hope that what we have achieved can help develop the sport at home. Because the A-League is better than people think. The quality of Australian football is better than people think. For a long time That’s always been the case, but hopefully what we’ve achieved will put Australian football on the map and help the sport grow.”
Turning Australians interested in world football into A-League fans has been an elusive goal for club and league owners for years, and even this year Exhibition featuring Barcelona The game in Sydney drew crowds three times the size of the A-League men’s final in Melbourne a few days later.
“This shift is really about building awareness and our messaging, talking to the strong standards and vibe of the A-League. If you put on good product, people will come,” Santo said.
“If you like the live experience, you will love the real experience of the game.
“We’ve averaged over 22,000 crowds so far this season and anyone who attended the Sydney Derby a few weeks ago would say the atmosphere inside is second to none.
“We’ve delivered a great experience and a high standard, so anyone who likes live coverage and hasn’t been to an A-League game before, it’s a great opportunity to watch the most dominant games of the last six or two. team for so many years.”
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