Tuesday 13 December 2022

We do not support the Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s, Liberty A-League Women’s or the E-League Grand Finals being played in Sydney for the next three seasons.

Our Club isn’t represented on the APL board, and we weren’t consulted on the decision announced yesterday. While we are grateful to Destination NSW for wanting to support football financially and the APL’s efforts to increase its commercial revenue, the reaction of our fans over the last 24 hours speaks volumes.

Western United is a young club that is being built for the football fans in the west of Melbourne and Victoria. We strongly believe that they are entitled to attend a Grand Final in their home state should we be successful in earning the right to do so. 

The emotion, togetherness, and unforgettable experience of winning our first A-League Men Championship earlier this year with our members, fans, and partners in the stands was nothing short of spectacular.  To think that this would not be possible again for the next three seasons for most of our Western United family is disappointing. 

From the beginning of our existence, we’ve engaged with our fans and partners as stakeholders of our club through dialogue and consultation, to grow a culture and club that represents the people of the west. Our fans’ voice speaks as loud as our voice and to remove the opportunity to host the pinnacle events of the season from our locality is disappointing.