Besart Berisha and her Western United teammates travel to Tasmania Image: Robert Cianflone ​​/ Getty Images Source: Getty Images

A-League football will return to Tasmania for the first time in eight years when Victorian club Western United play two home games at York Park in Launceston this season

United’s partnership with the Government of Tasmania and Football Tasmania will also see them play two home games at York Park next season

Since the start of the A-League in 2005, only two competitive matches have been played in Tasmania

They were hosted by Melbourne Victory, also at York Park, during the 2012-2013 season, with both games – against A-League club Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners – ending in a 1-1 draw

Melbourne Victory’s Marcos Flores (left) takes on Central Coast Mariners’ Oliver Bozanic the last time an A-League game was played in Launceston on January 12, 2013 Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 Image: AAP Image / Chris Crerar Source: AAP

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community, I want to thank Western United and the state government for bringing the A-League back to Tasmania,” said Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley

“With nearly 40,000 participants, football is the most played team sport in Tasmania and continues to gain popularity, particularly among junior players

“The next step in the growth of the sport in Tasmania is to increase the presence of the A-League, and partnerships like this are essential to maintaining football’s position as the most played team sport in Tasmania”

The A-League’s return to Tasmania comes as the state government engages in a battle to have an Apple Island team in the AFL

As the AFL continues to deliberate on creating a Tasmanian squad, the state government looks set to invest in other sports, with the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers joining the National Basketball League next season

Western United CEO Chris Pehlivanis said the club’s partnership with the Government of Tasmania and Football Tasmania is in line with the club’s ‘big dream’ mantra

“The shared values ​​of being self-taught and hard work naturally align both the people of West Victoria and the Tasmanian community,” said Pehlivanis

“In addition to developing grassroots football in Tasmania, our ambition is to also work with tourism organizations in Australia to give the industry a much needed boost after a difficult 2020 and start 2021 with COVID- 19 lockdowns and border closures

“We see sport as entertainment, and entertainment and tourism go hand in hand”

With the A-League’s flexible and evolving schedule, the dates and opponents of United’s two games at York Park this season have yet to be confirmed

The partnership will also include a women’s exhibition match between Calder United and a local representative team from Tasmania

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Source: https://www.news.com.au/sport/football/aleague-western-united-to-play-four-matches-in-launceston-over-the-next-two-seasons/news-story/0575c521bc1e3da338e1986012b487ab