Graham Arnold pressures A-League bosses to make a MASSIVE change to the competition to boost the Socceroos’ chances at the World Cup
- Socceroos boss will ask Football Australia and A-League executives for favour
- Graham Arnold wants the A-League to start early, so Socceroos will be match fit
- Will be a crucial outcome, with the World Cup in Qatar starting on November 21
- Australia will play in Group D alongside France, as well as Denmark and Tunisia
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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has confirmed he will push for the start of the A-League season to be brought forward in a bid to get his players much-needed match fitness before the World Cup in Qatar.
Arnold said he needed as much time as possible to assess players before picking his strongest squad for the tournament, which begins on November 21.
‘That [starting the season early] is something I’ll speak to (Football Australia CEO) James Johnson and (Australian Professional Leagues CEO) Danny Townsend about because we need the players fit,’ Arnold told Nine’s Wide World of Sport.
‘I need to be able to see players (in action) to select them…it takes a good five to six weeks to get started in a new season.’
The A-League traditionally gets underway in mid-October.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has confirmed he will push for the start of the A-League season to be brought forward to help him get the Socceroos in top shape before the World Cup kicks off in November
Arnold is confident Football Australia and A-League executives will back his request (pictured, Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saving the decisive penalty versus Peru)
Disruptions due to Covid-19 saw the recently-completed 2021-22 season kick-off last November.
Arnold is confident Football Australia and A-League executives will back his request, stating ‘I’m sure we will get the support from them’.
The A-Leagues have been run by the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) since last year after Football Australia officially handed over control to the clubs.
Australia is in Group D at the World Cup alongside pre-tournament favourites France, as well as Denmark and Tunisia.
It is the first time the World Cup has been played in November.
Arnold said his squad won’t have a defensive mindset when they line up against Les Bleus in their group opener on November 23.
‘I was in Russia in 2018 [World Cup] in the grandstand and I felt we didn’t try to win the (group) game against France, we tried not to lose it,’ he said.
‘We will go out there with obviously great expectations, but also go out there and take it to them.
‘The Peru game showed if you take away their strengths, no one likes to play under pressure, so we will go out there and give it a great shot.’