Football Federation Australia have announced that the domestic A-League season will end in May next year to better help the national team prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, should they qualify.
The 2013/14 campaign will culminate on 4 May, with the 135 games broadcast not just to Australia but China PR, Italy, USA, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Myanmar.
It will be the latest finish ever - the grand final was held in February as recently as 2009 and this year's final was on 21 April - and more in line with European football seasons.
"It's a little bit longer season... that's something that accommodates national team requirements, as they prepare themselves for Brazil," FFA chief executive David Gallop said.
The season will open on 11 October with Alessandro Del Piero's Sydney FC hosting the Newcastle Jets, featuring former England striker Emile Heskey.
Reigning champions Central Coast Mariners get their campaign under way with a grand final rematch against Western Sydney Wanderers a day later.