The arrangement, which will see the teams play two games in Adelaide and two in Melbourne, was finalised between the clubs as The Reds and Melbourne Victory attempt to become the first sides from Australia to reach the second round of the prestigious Asian club competition.

United coach Aurelio Vidmar says the games will be beneficial for his squad’s campaign, especially with the six group matches spread between March 12 and May 21.

“It’s great to be able to have some meaningful matches against quality opposition and this is the kind of preparation we need leading into our first game against the Pohang Steelers,” Vidmar said.

“Playing some matches will be really valuable as the clubs that we will be up against in the AFC Champions League will be in their domestic seasons.”

The first two trial matches will be held prior to the start of the AFC Champions League, with games also scheduled between match days 2 & 3 and 3 & 4. The matches will not be televised and not be open to the public.

“With a number of weeks between some of the games, these trial matches against Melbourne Victory will give the team better match fitness than at the same time as last year’s AFC Champions League, and it will give players particularly the ones that have been carrying injuries, the opportunity to get some game time,” Vidmar said.

“Our goal is to reach the second round of the competition and we will be giving ourselves the best possible preparation and chance to achieve this.”

Adelaide and Victory have developed a fierce rivalry since the start of the A-League, and these warm up games will again be hard fought contests as two of the A-League’s heavyweights head into the 2008 AFC Champions League.

Adelaide United FC kick off their AFC Champions League campaign away to South Korea’s Pohang Steelers on Wednesday March 12, 2008.

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory Trial Games
Game 1 Wednesday Feb 27 in Melbourne (3.00pm kick-off)
Game 2 Tuesday March 4 in Adelaide (1.30pm kick-off)
Game 3 Tuesday April 1 in Adelaide (1.30pm kick-off)
Game 4 Tuesday April 15 in Melbourne (3.00pm kick-off)

Adelaide United FC 2008 AFC Champions League Draw
Match Day 1
12 March 2008 – Pohang Steelers v Adelaide United FC (South Korea)
Match Day 2
19 March 2008 – Adelaide United FC v Changchun Yatai (Hindmarsh Stadium)
Match Day 3
9 April 2008 – Binh Duong v Adelaide United FC (Vietnam)
Match Day 4
23 April 2008 – Adelaide United FC v Binh Duong (Hindmarsh Stadium)
Match Day 5
7 May 2008 – Adelaide United FC v Pohang Steelers (Hindmarsh Stadium)
Match Day 6
21 May 2008 – Changchun Yatai v Adelaide United FC (China)