Countdown To Kick-Off | Dub Away And Academy Derby

Jeff Hopkins’ side make the trip to Newcastle while the Victory Academy host Melbourne City in the first Academy Derby of the season.

Nine Matches Unbeaten

A tense Melbourne Derby played in hot conditions ended with a point for each team, as Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City’s second meeting of the season ended in a 0-0 draw.

The draw means our girls in blue are unbeaten in their last nine matches, the longest streak in the Club’s A-League Women’s history.

Looking ahead to a vital clash against Newcastle on Saturday, a draw will secure Victory’s place in the finals, whereas a win will keep our chances of finishing top alive.

The Jets sit seventh on the Liberty A-League table, only six points behind Victory with two matches to play.

Match Details
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
Date: Sat 23 Mar
Time: 4:00pm (AEDT)
Location: No.2 Sportsground
Broadcast: 10 Play & Paramount+

Academy Derby

Melbourne Victory’s unbeaten start to the VPL1 season continued on Saturday night, playing out a tough 0-0 draw away to Caroline Springs George Cross.

Head Coach Joe Palatsides made 3 changes to the team which triumphed 4-0 over North Geelong Warriors last time out, bringing Kasey Bos and Marc Petheriotis back into the XI alongside goalkeeper Christian Siciliano.

Victory now return to Epping Stadium this Sunday 24 March, where they will take on Melbourne City in a big clash between two academy sides, kicking off at 3:00pm AEDT.

Those heading to Epping Stadium for the Academy Derby will be required to purchase a ticket at the gate.

Ticket TypePrice
Junior under 14FREE

Rest and Recuperate

Tony Popovic’s side will get a week to reset during the international break.

Striker Bruno Fornaroli has landed in Sydney with the Socceroos as the team prepares for their final FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers against Lebanon.

Jordi Valdon and Nishan Velupillay have made the trip abroad with the Olyroos. The U23s are set to compete in the fifth edition of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) U-23 Championship – Saudi Arabia 2024.


Subway Socceroos v Lebanon
Thursday, 21 March 2024
CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
Kick-off: 8.00pm AEDT
Broadcast: 10 Bold, 10 Play and Paramount+

Lebanon v Subway Socceroos
Tuesday, 26 March 2024
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 7.45pm AEDT
Broadcast: 10 Bold, 10 Play and Paramount+


Australia U-23 v Iraq U-23
Thursday, 21 March 2024
Kick-off: 8.00pm AST / 4am AEDT (Friday, 22 March)
Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium, Saudi Arabia

Australia U-23 v TBC
Saturday, 23 March 2024
Kick-off: TBC
Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium, Saudi Arabia

Australia U-23 v TBC
Tuesday, 26 March 2024
Kick-off: TBC
Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium, Saudi Arabia