In front of the 2022/23 Premier League season, Leeds United will take on A-League side Brisbane Roar as well as Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in friendly matches Down Under.
The Whites’ pre-season schedule might have been in uncertainty had the side been consigned to the Championship, but a final day triumph over Brentford sealed one more year of Premier League football.
First up on Leeds United’s Australian plan is their friendly game against Brisbane Roar in the Queensland Champions Cup.
That match is scheduled to start at 10:45 BST on Thursday, July 14 meaning Leeds allies in the United Kingdom will actually want to stay aware of all the activity on Australia’s east cost during daylight hours.
After three days, however, Leeds will confront Aston Villa at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane which is scheduled to start at 05:35 BST.
There is a ten hour time difference between Leeds and Australia’s Queensland coastline however two of their three scheduled games will be played at times sympathetic to British crowds.
The Whites’ final fixture in Australia happens on Friday, July 22 against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Optus Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.
Leeds’ friendly against the south London club starts at 11:05 BST, which is 18:05 local time on the western coast of Australia.
Had United been consigned, it is conceivable the tour might have been rejected because of the reality the Championship season starts on Saturday, July 30 simply a week after Leeds’ pre-season contest in Perth.
The club are expected to release details of additional friendly fixtures back in the U.K. including a handful of matches which will see the Under-23 side plan for their PL2 Division 2 campaign.
The previous summer, Leeds’ youths confronted Guiseley AFC, Fleetwood Town and Jong Ajax, while the senior group played Real Betis, Villarreal, Blackburn Rovers and AFC Ajax.