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The proposed pre-season friendly match between Perth Glory and National Premier League WA club Perth SC tonight has been cancelled.

Glory chief executive Jason Brewer said authorities had refused to sanction the fixture due to the lighting at Perth SC’s Dorrien Gardens ground not being up to the required standard.

The club needs official sanctions for all matches for insurance reasons.

“You don’t just go and play a game – you have to get it sanctioned,” Brewer said.

“There’s a little bit more to it than just turning up and playing, particularly when you’ve got A-League players, with insurance and so on.

“The venue (Dorrien Gardens) hasn’t got the sufficient lighting there for us to play.”

Glory’s proposed pre-season trip to Malaysia this month has also been cancelled due to logistical reasons.

The club is in the process of confirming a small tour of the eastern states, including possible matches against Sydney Olympic and other former National Soccer League clubs.

Glory and Olympic are exploring a partnership that would involve the clubs sharing facilities and scouting networks.

Glory are also looking at playing matches against a WA State representative team and other NPL WA clubs.

There are several local grounds capable of hosting mid-week night matches, including NPL WA venues E&D Litis Stadium, Macedonia Park and Intiga Stadium.

Brewer said the new pre-season schedule would be confirmed within 48 hours.

Glory’s first competitive match of the 2014-15 season is a first-round FFA Cup tie away to Newcastle Jets on August 5.

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