Football Federation Australia (FFA) and ABC Radio have today announced a partnership which will give the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 Season a significant national radio presence.

Under the new agreement, ABC Radio will cover matches across its many platforms, including ABC Local Radio, ABC Grandstand Digital Radio, the ABC Radio App and online simulcast with the FFA digital platforms.

The partnership will also see greater sharing of content and regular appearances of players and coaches on ABC Radio Grandstand’s football focused programs, including Francis Leach’s ‘Top of the League’ and the ‘A-League Lounge’ hosted by Ned Hall and Steve Pearce.

FFA Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Kyle Patterson has hailed ABC Radio’s commitment to carry Hyundai A-League broadcasts to more fans on more platforms this season.

“Over the seven years of the Hyundai A-League, ABC Radio has brought the game alive with great commentary in broadcasts all over Australia,” said Patterson.

“Covering Australian sport is in the DNA of the national broadcaster and it’s natural that football has a strong presence.

“We now have a formal partnership that will bring a nationally co-ordinated approach and open the way to digital simulcasts on ABC and FFA platforms. This is will allow more fans to be part of the exciting A-League season coming up.”

ABC Radio Grandstand Sport Manager Craig Norenbergs is excited to see ABC Radio continue to build its national football footprint.

ABC Grandstand Manager Craig Norenbergs is excited to build closer ties with the A-League and grow ABC Radio’s national football footprint. “While ABC Radio have been committed to the A-League since day one, the new partnership will, for the first, give listeners great games of football on the radio each week,” said Norenbergs.

“This weekend is a great example with all five games broadcast live somewhere in Australia, kicking off with coverage of the Melbourne derby on Friday night – which will be broadcast nationally on Grandstand digital radio and on the ABC Radio app.”

The agreement will see all Hyundai A-League Clubs covered during the course of the season.  Football Federation Australia and ABC will release weekly schedules throughout the season detailing which matches will be broadcast for each Hyundai A-League Round.

All five matches in this weekend’s opening round will be broadcast by ABC and will be streamed via the Hyundai A-League match centre at