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June 28, 2014

The planned exhibition match between Adelaide United and the South Australian Amateur Soccer League (SAASL) State Team has unfortunately been cancelled.

The match, which was scheduled to be played at Thebarton Oval on July 13, was going to represent a celebration of South Australian football and mark the 50th year of the SAASL. It was also set to be the first ever match between Adelaide United and an amateur state team.

Both the Adelaide United Football Club and the SAASL are extremely disappointed with the cancellation of the match. It comes as a result of a ruling by Football Federation Australia (FFA) that the match will not be sanctioned due to the SAASL State Team not being an official affiliate team of the FFA, despite both organisationsí initial understanding that the match would be sanctioned.

The Adelaide United Football Club and the SAASL saw this special one-off match as a fantastic opportunity to bring together the local football community and recognise the important role that amateur league clubs and players have played in the South Australian football landscape over the past 50 years.

Coaching clinics for kids and junior players were also organised for the day, which will now be rescheduled in light of the match cancellation. Adelaide United will contact the respective junior associations (Elizabeth & Districts and Southern Districts) shortly to arrange new dates for these coaching clinics.

Adelaide United and the SAASL sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the match, including to players, coaches, support staff, corporate sponsors and the general public who were looking forward to attending the game.

Adelaide United and the SAASL will continue to work with the FFA to encourage a united approach to football in SA, and would certainly be open to rescheduling the match in the future if the FFA permits.

If you have any questions about the match cancellation, please contact the League office on (08) 8353 7355.


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