In this new blog I will give an overview of the most important external factors we have to deal with in the Australian/New Zealand A-League.
A pre-season of 3,5 months, travelling, crossing time zones and changes in temperature & humidity are the biggest external factors we'll have to face. The league ends in April/May and the teams start their pre-season in June. The league starts in October, so they have more than 3 months to get ready!
We have to travel 13x to Australia this season and we will play 1 home game in Auckland. The shortest international flight is to Sydney (3,5h flight & 2 time zones back), the longest one is to Perth (7h flight & 5 time zones back).
Sunday 8 October at 5PM: Wellington Phoenix - Adelaide!
After 3,5 months of preseason, it’s finally season kick-off time! I’m really excited for the start of the new season with Wellington Phoenix in the Hyundai A-league. We’ll play our first game tomorrow, on Sunday 8 October at 5PM local time (6AM Belgian time) against Adelaide United. It’s the first of at least 27 games. The Hyundai A-league consists of 9 Australian teams and one from New-Zealand (Wellington Phoenix):
We travelled to Australia on Saturday 9 September with a group of 24 players and 9 staff members. This training camp is an important part of our preparation for the upcoming season. Wellington Phoenix is the only professional football club in New-Zealand so we took this opportunity to play 3 friendly games against different Australian teams.
9 days, 3 cities, 3 opponents!
The first 3 days, we stayed in Coogee (New South Wales, Sydney) for a game against Blacktown City FC. We then travelled to Terrigal for the fixture against Central Coast Mariners and ended our training camp in Cessnock for a game against Newcastle Jets.
As was announced last week, Wellington Phoenix is the new football club where I work as a Football Fitness coach in the staff of head coach Darije Kalezic. I've signed a 1-year contract till the end of this season. Since I left Belgium in 2011, I have had a lot of opportunities to work in different countries and clubs. New-Zealand is the sixth country and Oceania is already the third continent that I’m working in. Time flies when you’re having fun and doing what you love!