South-west A-League bid moves into next round

Macarthur South West United's Josh Symons challenges Usain Bolt for ball possession on Friday night at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
Macarthur South West United's Josh Symons challenges Usain Bolt for ball possession on Friday night at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

The Football Federation of Australia have announced Macarthur South West United as one of six teams to survive the latest A-League bid culling process.

Two new teams will join the A-League for the 2019/20 season. Macarthur South West and Southern Expansion are the only NSW teams in contention.

ACT-based club Canberra and Victoria’s Western Melbourne, Team 11 and South Melbourne also remain in the hunt.

Macarthur South West co-president Gino Marra said the association was delighted to make the next round.

“We’re confident about our bid and understand our strengths,” he said.

Eight bids remained before the FFA board held a meeting in Sydney on Tuesday night.

The board decided not to continue considering the Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC bids.

The FFA is expected to announce the A-League’s two successful bids in November, following the association’s annual general meeting.

“We’ve known the bid process was going to take a while and we’re prepared to wait and to continue what we’re doing,” Mr Marra said.

The successful teams were originally expected to be announced on October 31.

Nearly 6000 spectators headed to Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Friday night to watch Macarthur South West play its first trial match against the Central Coast Mariners.

The Mariners secured a 4-0 win, with Usain Bolt scoring two goals.

Mr Marra said he was pleased with the success of Friday night’s match but believed it had little consequence on United’s A-League bid.

“We were happy to get a lot of support there and it was a great game,” he said.

Earlier this year, United for Macarthur and South-West Sydney both announced they would make bids to join the A-League.

The two clubs then decided to merge in mid-August to strengthen Macarthur’s chances of joining the competition.

Macarthur South West United will be based at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.