Women and men to share soccer grand final stage

Metro United celebrates winning last season’s inaugural SA Women’s Premier League grand final. Picture: Adam Butler

SA SOCCER will break new ground when its top flight women’s grand final is played as a double-header with its men’s championship decider this season.

Football Federation SA is set to announce the move today which is a national first among state-based competitions.

Under the plan, the women’s Premier League grand final would be staged at Hindmarsh Stadium at 4.30pm on Saturday, September 9, prior to the men’s decider at 7pm.

The men’s second-tier State League One (2pm) and third-tier State League Two (11.30am) grand finals would also be played at the same venue earlier in the day.

FFSA chief executive Michael Carter said it followed three men’s and women’s double-headers featuring Adelaide City, West Adelaide and Campbelltown City being played next month.

“This latest announcement again highlights our commitment to showcasing our state’s female footballers on centre stage,” Carter said.

“We’re already looking forward to what will be a momentous occasion with a big audience in September.”

A finals series to determine SA’s champion men’s club was introduced in 1992 when Adelaide Blue Eagles, then known as ED Azzurri, claimed the title.

The competition reverted to a first-past-the-post system in 2006-07, but has used a playoff model since 2008.

The women’s Premier League featured a grand final for the first time last season when Metro United defeated Adelaide City in the inaugural decider.

Originally published as Women and men to share soccer grand final stage