A-League club Western United will play two home games in Ballarat next season.
United chief executive officer Chris Pehlivanis confirmed on Thursday that A-league home and away fixtures would be returning to Mars Stadium in the new year.
The match-ups and dates, are still to be determined.
The A-League on Thursday announced how the first six rounds will look, with the season kicking off on Friday, November 19, but is yet to decide what form the rest of the draw will take owing to the unknown nature of the national COVID-19 transition plan - especially with regard to state border openings.
Ballarat will be one of four home venues for Western United.
It will play seven games at the Lakeside Stadium in a first for the club, and like Ballarat there will be two at Geelong and two at Launceston.
Western United is taking this approach while it develops a purpose-built facility in Wyndham.
This will be the third season Western United has played fully-fledged A-League matches in Ballarat, having launched a relationship with the City of Ballarat with a clash against Wellington Phoenix at the end of 2019.
United played two games at Mars Stadium in that season - losing to Wellington 3-1 and Brisbane Roar 1-0.
Another two fixtures were planned for last season, but after changes owing to COVID-19 United played in Ballarat three times.
It defeated Macarthur 4-1 and lost to Western Sydney 1-0 and Sydney FC 1-0.
Pehlivanis said the two fixtures further confirmed the club's commitment to Ballarat and its supporter base in the western corridor.
He said Western United saw its footprint in Ballarat as an integral part of the club's future.
Pehlivanis said United remain locked in to having a presence in the Ballarat region and building on it on-field and off-field.
Western United will have a new look in 2021-22, with John Aloisi having taken over a head coach and marquee striker Besart Berisha having moved on.
Neil Kilkenny is well known face to have joined United after spending the past five seasons in the A-League, with Melbourne City and Perth Glory.