The Football Federation Association has today announced that the combined United for Macarthur and South-West Sydney FC bid will become one of two new teams to join the national competition.
The United for Macarthur and South-West Sydney FC bids were shortlisted in June as contenders for two new teams in an expanded A-League.
They joined forces in August, combining their individual strengths to submit a single bid that would unite Sydney’s south-west community.
Mayor George Brticevic said today’s announcement was a win for the entire region that would benefit not only football players and fans, but the economy and community.
“We’re excited that the months of hard work by everyone involved in this bid have paid off,” Cr Brticevic said.
“This is a win for Sydney’s south-west community that will benefit present and future players, who will no longer have to leave their area to pursue their chosen sport at an elite level.
“It will also bring investment to the region, not only around the team, but because of the opportunity to showcase the benefits of investing in our region to a national audience.
“We’re proud that Campbelltown Sports Stadium will be the home of the new A-League team and we look forward to continuing to work hard in the months ahead in preparation for the 2020-2021 season.”
Walker Corporation Executive Chairman Lang Walker, who supported the joint bid as a strategic partner, said he was thrilled with the result.
“South-west Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in the country,” Mr Walker said.
“It makes sense that this rapidly expanding community should have a football team to call its own,” he said.
“I look forward to continuing to support the club as it prepares to field a team in time for the 2020-2021 season.”
Gino Marra, Director Potentia Capital Finance Group who is also a strategic partner of the bid, said they are elated with the decision.
“Words cannot explain how our team is feeling. Over the last six months the local community has been asking us if ‘we’ will be successful. This shows that our community has taken ownership of this club already and I believe this is what has got us across the line,” Mr Marra said.
“I would like to personally thank Mayor George Brticevic, Campbelltown Council and Lang Walker for all their hard work as well as our bid team who have worked extremely hard,” he said.
“Everyone who worked on this bid believed in it, believes in our community and that’s why I believe we have been successful. Now the hard work begins.”