The A-League will be heading overseas for the first time with Perth Glory set to host a match on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.
As reported by SBS The World Game, Perth Glory have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Sarawak FA to host an A-League game next season.
Glory will also play a pre-season tour in Borneo this year, including two friendlies against Sarawak – likely on dates between August 3-9.
Perth Glory owner Tony Sage claimed that would initiate a deeper corporation between A-League and Asian teams from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
“It will be fantastic to play in Malaysia,” said Sage.
“Why the FFA looks inwards for expansion when we have over 300 million football-mad supporters in Asia seven hours to our north, is beyond me.
“Australian football’s civil war has flared up yet again, with A-League clubs lashing out at Football Federation Australia for releasing expansion plans they say they weren’t consulted about.
“It just takes bold decisions and a bit of politicking with the AFC (to make things happen).
“I’d bring in four teams over the next two stages of the expansion process – one from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
“It would greatly enhance the numbers of people watching and following our football and, most importantly, boost our broadcast revenue.”