Posts Tagged "A-League expansion"

It was always going to come to this. Football Federation Australia (FFA) yesterday revoked Gold United’s A-League licence in an attempt to bring to an end Clive Palmer’s one-man tirade against the governing body and put the sorry club out of its misery.

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We all understand the importance of football’s next media deal. In order to make the rights more attractive to television stations, strong TV ratings, stability and certainty of product delivery is essential.

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With the North Queensland Fury’s demise at the business end of last season, and the tattered glamour expansion entity that is Gold Coast apparently following the same route, doubts have to be raised over the expansion policy that the FFA are still grasping heavily to.

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Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer took to the box last night (SBS’s The World Game) in his escalating public war of words against Football Federation Australia. And he wasn’t holding back.

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Gold Coast United has reached the point of no return, with owner Clive Palmer engaging in a public war of words with the governing body, Football Federation Australia, coach Miron Bleiberg quitting after his farcical suspension, and the exodus of players beginning.

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It’s the white elephant in the room Football Federation Australia (FFA) needs to address: Gold Coast United and its unsustainable supporter base.

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No midweek A-League this week? So accustomed have we become to Wednesday night football in the last two seasons, it just didn’t seem right having no live football to break up the week.

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Talk of A-League growth to Tasmania has raised the issue of expansion for the sport into new markets, with opinions divided on the wisdom of doing so.

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“Turnout to prove case,” read the headline from The Mercury newspaper this week, referring to Tasmania hosting the A-League regional round between Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United and whether the turnout would help justify a club representing the state in the competition.

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How do you pinpoint western Sydney? From the west of the central business district to beyond the Blue Mountains and everything in between, it seems.

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When the A-League draw for 2011-12 became available, one of the new developments was the introduction of a ‘regional round’ for the league.

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One of the most common throwaway lines in Australian football is that Football Federation Australia needs to implement promotion-relegation between the A-League and a second tier competition (lumped with the name B-League, it seems). Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

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The million dollar question for Sydney’s football market is how more Sydneysiders can take to the A-League competition.

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Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer’s recent reassurances have done little to change public opinion. He can claim over and over again that his club has a future in the A-League, but unless there is a drastic reversal in support, then their future appears bleak.

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Can Tasmania United fill the void left by the recently defunct North Queensland Fury? Yes, and they should be playing top flight in 2012.

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After producing one of the most pulsating climaxes to a grand final in Australian sporting history earlier this year, surely the A-League is not headed for the scrapheap.

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Over the past few weeks, the governance of Australian football, specifically the struggles of the A-League and how to address them, have been hot topics amongst fans, bloggers and journalists.

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Let’s start off by stating that the A-League is not in peril, despite what the non-football media will be espousing after the dumping of the North Queensland Fury.

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Any hope of last-minute salvation was dashed yesterday when Football Federation Australia (FFA) axed North Queensland Fury from the A-League; saving $2 million for the governing body but costing the league a presence in the region and exposing the flaw in the FFA’s expansion plans.

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Expansion. Like Facebook, iPhones and a fascination with Lady Gaga that I just can’t quite grasp, the world is obsessed with expansion. This is no more prevalent than in our domestic football competition, the A-League.

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