It's a change of tactics from FFA ahead of the new campaign, with the big marquee games saved for after the first weekend
Central Coast Mariners host the Newcastle Jets in an F3 derby on Saturday evening, followed by the rebranded Melbourne City taking on the original Sky Blues, Sydney FC, at Allianz Stadium later that night.
On Sunday Perth Glory are away to Wellington Phoenix, while champions Brisbane Roar begin their title defence at home to Adelaide United.
The softer start marks something of a departure from Football Federation Australia's recent strategy of scheduling big games in the opening rounds.
Victory and Heart (now City) contested the Melbourne derby in each of the previous two seasons' curtain-raising weekends. Prior to that there was a 'Big Blue' clash between fierce rivals Sydney FC and Victory in the opening round of 2011-12.
There have also been grand final re-matches to open the new season in each of the last three campaigns.
It seems the governing body have instead opted to keep their powder dry to some extent, with the first major clash of the new season not until a Round 2 derby between Sydney FC and the Wanderers at Allianz Stadium.
The first Melbourne derby will take place at Etihad Stadium in Round 3. The following weekend sees new Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold play host to his old team Central Coast, as well as a grand final re-run between the Roar and the Wanderers.