Posts Tagged "FFA"

Melbourne Victory beat cross-town rivals City 2-1 in a cracking Melbourne derby yesterday. The match was highly anticipated with many fans excited about a game between two fierce rivals who have delivered many exciting contests in recent times.

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In the words of the late Les Murray, football is the world game, and if statistics are anything to go by, it should be Australia’s game.

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At the halfway point of the A-League season, it is hard to ignore the general gloomy feeling surrounding Australian football.

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Beneath the harsh criticism and ardour expressed by football fans lies a sense of pride and optimism in seeing a future prospect break into the first team.

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If the next 12 months in Australian football evolves the way that positive-minded fans predict it will, then by 2019 we will have 28 teams in the top two tiers of Australian football.

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There are no real winners in the latest club versus country row, which highlights just how far apart the FFA and A-League clubs have drifted.

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Does anyone else get the feeling FIFA will do little to remove the FFA from power, and that we’re stuck with same issues for the foreseeable future?

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As an avid A-League fan, a true believer and a football tragic, even I can’t get into this season with the same level of interest or excitement of seasons past.

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With the threat of a normalisation committee seemingly put to bed, the FFA will now receive a visit from FIFA representatives, attempting to resolve the impasse between our national body, the state associations and the professional game.

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Melbourne City scored the sort of goal you see more commonly in Europe on Sunday, and the club could hold the keys to unlocking the A-League’s full potential.

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Steven Lowy has been granted a stay of execution but FIFA will be well in charge when it returns to Australia to lead bitterly divided stakeholders through more negotiations.

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Brisbane Roar is expecting their A-League clash against the Central Coast Mariners next month to be shifted to accommodate their impending AFC Champions League campaign.

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Football Federation Australia lost sight long ago of what they are employed to do, and now practically every key stakeholder wants them out of the game.

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Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has refused to rule out legal action against FIFA should the world governing body decide to oust him and his board.

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The immediate future of football governance in Australia has been cast into disarray. The FFA’s proposed congress model was voted down at Thursday afternoon’s annual general meeting, paving the way for FIFA to take temporary control of the game in the country.

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The A-League clubs have lobbed a grenade on the morning of a crucial meeting that will shape the future of Australian soccer, detailing a list of 13 potential conflicts of interest involving Football Federation Australia board members.

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Congratulations to the Socceroos and Ange Postecoglou, who united a nation – for one night at least – and belatedly booked a ticket to the World Cup in Russia after 22 gruelling games.

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Only Daniel Jeffrey and the Crowd managed three successful tips last week in what was a challenging round. This week sees a few more curve balls out there for the panel with which to grapple and in among it all, a Socceroos match.

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Football Federation Australia’s last-ditch attempt to stave off FIFA intervention will occur at literally the last possible moment.

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A-League clubs have repeated their call for Football Federation Australia to scrap plans for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) and “butt out” of talks to reform the sport’s governance.

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