Is this the end of the football salary cap?
Football Australia, in their National Competition Review, have suggested that they will be moving away from the salary cap towards a points based system.
Released on 21 May, FFA’s National Competition Review makes several suggestions as to possible competition changes.
On page 28, it states “A key outcome of the NCR was the introduction of a new Player Points System (PPS) to complement a Club Licensing framework. The PPS provides an opportunity to incentivise youth development, curb excessive player payments and limit the time and effort require to monitor and evaluate compliance by clubs.”
The report goes on to say that: “The PPS was preferred over a salary based cap system due to the high compliance costs such a framework would impose on Member Federations and an inability to simultaneously bring focus to player development.
The PPS is currently being tested by all Member Federations and may require some further adjustment”
I wonder how this would work and how the points are allocated. It is likely that Harry Kewell is worth more than Musti Amini, and therefore the scheme seems very subjective.
Overall, the Report provides some excellent suggestions, including the points system. There is some confusion over how players would be allocated points, but this could be done via a panel.
A point made in the report is that the scheme is a cost saver and would stop the cheating of the salary cap.
This could be an interesting debate: What someone like Lucas Neil is worth, as opposed to some kid from the state leagues would create some argument.
This seems like the way forward for football in Australia.
Will the other codes follow suit?