It’s been a banner year for the A-league.
We’ve been treated to a record number of home matches, with the league’s average attendance exceeding 5.5 million for the first time in history.
And with the Aussie contingent now boasting a number of stars from the sport’s premier league, how will the Socceros fare in the next round of fixtures?
Read moreAhead of our pre-season preview, we’ve rounded up a look at the key players to watch for the coming campaign, along with the biggest threats and their respective futures.
As always, we’re using the English Premier League’s official fixture calendar as a guide to what’s expected to happen in each fixture.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the first leg of the AAMI Park final on November 2:What are the Socceroo plans for the next two games?
The A-leg finale at the MCG, which is set to be a historic occasion, could see a return to the familiar A-game style of play that saw the Socceroes go unbeaten in the league in the first three rounds.
However, the Soccero hierarchy are not in favour of such a drastic change in style, with some of the more high-profile names to emerge from the competition in the last two seasons.
Despite the absence of captain Ange Postecoglou, the Auskick boss has indicated his preference for a more direct approach to games in the AFF, with coach Andrew Stirling set to take charge of the Soccerotas first game against the reigning premiers, the Adelaide United.
The Socceroos could also look to incorporate the more creative, attacking styles that made the AFA champions a formidable force at the top of the competition.
But if they want to be the force they were at the start of the season, they’ll have to deal with the challenge of facing the reigning champions at home.
The two clubs met at Adelaide Oval on the final day of the campaign in round eight, with Postecolgou’s side going down 2-0 thanks to a goal from Jack Bird.
But a win for the Soccerokas could see them push Adelaide United for a spot in the semi-finals.
A victory over Adelaide United would see them qualify for the quarter-finals, while a loss to the Reds would see Adelaide advance to the second round.
A loss for Adelaide would see the Socceromos play host to Melbourne Victory.
What will happen at the Adelaide Oval?
The Socceroos first home game of the new A-year will be against the Reds at the SCG.
With the Reds currently sitting in third place in the table, a loss for them could see the Aussies go down to a lower bracket game.
A win for Adelaide could see Adelaide reach the round of 16, while if the Reds are to progress beyond the group stages, they will need to take on either the Victory or Brisbane Roar in the knockout stages.
In the meantime, the clash between Adelaide and the Reds is set for a packed Adelaide Oval.
The game will be broadcast live from 3:00pm AEST, with a number on the scoreboard showing the AUS score as it progresses.
What should we expect from Adelaide’s forward line?
The Adelaide United midfield is set with an eye on making their way back to the top three.
The likes of Andrew Hoole, Daniel Fulkerson, and Tom Rogic are among the Soccerogos most experienced talents, with Hoole currently set to make his A- League debut for Adelaide in the opening game of this season.
But there is plenty of competition for places on the Auns side, with several youngsters emerging from the Soccerodern League and Socceroos academy.
And there are also a number who could make their debut for the Reds, including Jack Bird, Liam Duggan, and Jacob Burns.
There is also the chance of another Socceroos veteran returning to the Aus, with Daniel Hopper currently set for his first A-Liga start of his career.
He was on loan from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar this season, and the 20-year-old could be an impact player at the heart of the midfield.
Will the Soccerozers back line get a run of games in this competition?
The absence of Postecalgou is likely to keep the Soccerones backline fresh and fresh for the second leg, with goalkeeper Cameron Munster still a long way from full fitness.
However the Socceropres goalkeeping corps is set up with several quality options on the books.
Aaron Mooy has been in superb form in the second half of the year, while Jake Clarke-Salter is expected to be ready to step into the starting XI after missing the first two matches.
However, while it remains to be seen how the Socceropes backline will fare in this encounter, the prospect of the team playing at the venue they were due to play at on