National Youth League fixtures released

Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar's NYL sides battle in 2012/13 - Cameron Spencer

The 18-game season begins in late October and runs through early March.

The sixth season of the National Youth League in Australia is just over six weeks away. FFA have unveiled the fixture list for the 2013/14 season which will encompass eighteen rounds and last from October 26, 2013-March 2, 2014.

Damien de Bohun, who is head of the NYL, provided the obligatory quotes, via an FFA press release:

"Since the Foxtel National Youth League competition commenced in 2008, many youth players have earned professional contracts in the Hyundai A-League or with overseas clubs.

A great example of this elite player development is the case of Mitchell Duke from the Central Coast Mariners, who began as a youth player in 2009, made his Socceroos debut against the Korea Republic last month and [came on as a substitute] against Brazil [last] weekend in Brasilia."

Indeed, the NYL has turned out more than a few strong players in recent years, from Bernie Ibini, Ben Halloran and James Meyer, each of whom has used the A-League as a springboard to earning foreign contracts, to Duke, Mitch Mallia (pictured), Steven Luštica, Nick Fitzgerald and Ndumba Makeche, who are expected to be contributors in the A-League this season.

The full fixture list can be found here and will be updated throughout the season.

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