A-League All Stars concept big hit with fans

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    Four-time national championship winning coach Ange Postecolgou was announced as the inaugural A-League All Stars coach on Monday.

    In what is anticipated to be a monumental occasion, the A-League representative team will lock horns with English powerhouse Manchester United at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on July 20.

    After 15,000 votes were registered by the game’s fans, Postecoglou narrowly won the race to head the coaching ranks.

    The Victory boss captured 36.8 percent of votes, narrowly edging out Western Sydney’s Tony Popovic on 36.2 percent, while Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold came in third place at 15.4 percent of the votes.

    Verified by the governing body’s innovative selection criteria, Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop is putting his words into practice by committing to his motto of fan engagement and listening to the game’s supporters.

    Fans will play an imperative role in picking the A-League All Stars, with voting opening this week, and running through until April 30.

    When the fan voting culminates, the A-League All Stars team will be selected as follows: 50 percent fan vote, 20 percent expert panel vote, 20 percent player vote via the PFA Team of the Year system.

    The final 10 percent will be in the hands of Postecoglou, who will have full authority over the final three players selected to make up the 18-man squad.

    “This is a chance to showcase the A-League to the world, taking on one of the biggest clubs in world football,” Gallop said.

    “This is not just a one-off match, it’s the creation of an annual event that celebrates the most popular players and coaches in the A-League.

    “Even more importantly A-League fans have the opportunity to make their mark on the selection of the team via the All Stars website.

    “The Foxtel A-League All Stars is unique in the Australian sporting calendar and will play at a time when the vast majority of our 1.7 million grassroots participants are active.

    “With a packed winter sports schedule this match gives our huge grassroots base the chance to celebrate what has been an incredible A-League season eight and prepare for what is set to be an even bigger season nine.”

    After leading Brisbane Roar to back-to-back A-League championships – going on a breathtaking 36-game unbeaten run and breaking the Australian sporting record in the process – and reviving Melbourne Victory towards the top of the competition’s mantle, there’s little surprise to see Postecoglou given the opportunity to lead the A-League All Stars in their first-ever appearance.

    Some were disappointed not to see the Wanderers’ Popovic at the helm of the All Stars, given his side’s extraordinary rise to fame this season.

    The new boys are on the brink of winning the Premier’s Plate in the club’s maiden A-League campaign.

    A win over cross-town rivals Sydney FC on Saturday night will see the expansion outfit win its first piece of silverware.

    It would be a remarkable accomplishment, particularly when the club was only brought into existence just months prior to this current campaign.

    While Popovic may feel a little aggrieved to come so close, it’s no shame losing out to a coach of such great expertise, experience and prowess.

    Postecoglou’s impact on Australian football – in both the NSL and A-League era – is a clear illustration of the talent at his disposal.

    For the 47-year-old tactician, it’s an opportunity for redemption. In 2000, he led erstwhile NSL giants South Melbourne into the inaugural Club World Cup, where his side was ultimately defeated 2-0 by Manchester United.

    “It’s an honour to be voted in by the fans and a thrill to be the coach for the first All Stars game,” Postecoglou said.

    “It’s a concept that is sure to grow legs and become a mainstay in our football calendar. I think there will be massive interest in this game.

    “After a couple of months without A-League football fans can start to get withdrawal symptoms, it’s a great way to cut short the wait for football fans.

    “After three seasons coaching in the A-League I think people know the type of football I want to play and I’m looking forward to putting together a team with the fans that can do that.”

    The All Stars concept is a tremendous initiative by FFA, one which will see the event hosted on a yearly basis.

    Taking a lead from our American neighbours, the All Stars fixture will allow the competition to showcase its talents on the world stage – an advertisement which further illustrates the growing maturity of our domestic football, and the game’s reach around the globe.

    While scheduling is a hard task to master, the only downside for this grand event will be the absence of A-League based Socceroos players, who will be on national duty at the East Asian Cup finals – contended by Australia, Japan, South Korea and China.

    Despite this, the A-League All Stars model will be a great success. Each year, FFA will attempt persuade big club’s to venture down under for this annual event.

    Given the numerous parallels between the A-League and MLS, it would be great to see a regular All Stars match-up between these two competitions – possibly sharing the event every two years.

    Scheduling may be an issue, given the different month-allocations for their respective seasons, but it will be one which will draw much fan-fare, and of course, draw to the conclusion of which league is the superior.

    Make it happen, FFA.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 12:53am
      Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:53am | ! Report

      I’m just curious… But if 10% represents three selections, 20% would then mean six (x2), 50% would then mean 15. Doesn’t this provide us with a total of 30 players selected for the team?? Isn’t that just basic maths?? Did the FFA honestly think anyone wouldn’t click to that?? Or are we selecting 30 to appease fans and then Postecoglou will pretty much dwindle that number down to 18??


      Not to mention only 15,000 votes were casted by the Australian football family. That is kinda pathetic. Ange 5,520 votes out of 15,000. That’s not a lot really. Victory have an attendance close to 5 times that amount. Where were all of the missing votes??

      For sure it’s going to be big but by the looks of things (15,000 votes) not everyone is interested or well they can’t be bothered?

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am
        Cpaaa said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:13am | ! Report

        Im starting to wonder which team do you play for Kellet?
        First of all this is an amazing concept that has yet to be tried. I love my football yet i didnt place a vote, Why? i dont know, too lazy, too busy, I forgot. In saying so how many more out there like me? If i don like the selections perhaps next year i make sure i submit my vote.
        For an event that is yet to be played, 15000 votes i consider fantastic and as the All-Stars become an anual fixture that number will only grow with popularity.

        Trop fest started in a sydney cafe with a few people, and is now the worlds largest short film awards.
        Face Book started with a few friends and now has many.
        I started crawling before running like Ben Johnson.
        Some day i hope to say the Aus All-stars match started with 15k votes and now is sold out every year with 100k+ votes and millions more watching across the globe.

        Back to the article, love the concept of playing the MLS A-Stars V our own.
        Concept- MLSAS / ALAS / Euro Club, AL GF winners, 2 week tournament. Couldnt think of a better way to raise the profile of our domestic league.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 11:33am
          Caleb Shepherd said | March 23rd 2013 @ 11:33am | ! Report

          MLS A-Starts V ours sounds absolutely mint!

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 3:25pm
          Realfootball said | March 23rd 2013 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

          Did you take steroids like Ben too?

        • April 9th 2013 @ 1:25pm
          brandon said | April 9th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

          yes i totally agreee, i said this as soon as we started thinking of bringing it into aus football. MLS ALLSTARS v A league allstars over a home and away series would be awsome! would mean the team would actually have something to play for

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 7:42am
        MV Dave said | March 23rd 2013 @ 7:42am | ! Report

        What are you on about Kellet? You can doubt it all you want but from where l’m sitting the All Stars concept already is a huge success. The fact that tens of thousands will vote for players and coach in a game that is already a sell out tells me all l need to know. I am certainly looking forward to seeing how the A league boys do against ManUtd.
        I give credit to FFA for trying this concept which looks a winner all the way.

      • Roar Guru

        March 23rd 2013 @ 9:48am
        Fussball ist unser leben said | March 23rd 2013 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        “Isn’t that just basic maths”

        Yes, it is simple mathematics but your understanding of “weighting votes” is flawed.

        1. Based on information we have, the size of the squad will be 18 players (7 on the bench)

        2. Ange picks 3 players of his own.

        3. The 15 other players will be picked by votes that are cast by fans, an expert panel, A-League players & Ange after applying a predetermined “weighting” to the votes.

        • Roar Guru

          March 23rd 2013 @ 12:26pm
          Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:26pm | ! Report


          “Yes, it is simple mathematics but your understanding of “weighting votes” is flawed.”

          I would like for you to explani to me how:

          10% equals THREE players in a team of 18. IF simple maths is to apply this would equal 1.8 players. Because we can not have an 8th of a player we can just round this number up to TWO.

          It says, in the article, in which I am not having a go at the writer but the information presented by the FFA in which the writer has used – “The final 10 percent will be in the hands of Postecoglou, who will have full authority over the final three players selected to make up the 18-man squad.”

          Please explain to me what “weighting of votes” means so I can fully grasp and understand this concept???

          You provided me with nothing of value in your reply as:

          1. Based on information we have, the size of the squad will be 18 players (7 on the bench) – That was indicated already (size of squad and obviously 7 being on the bench as 11 are on the field (duh).
          2. Ange picks 3 players of his own – Article again already states this!!
          3. I understand 50% are selected the fans but I question the percentages offered.

          So again please explain to me what “weighting of votes” means, for clearly my simple mathematics is flawed.

          • March 23rd 2013 @ 12:44pm
            Matt F said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

            As far as I understand it, the three players that Ange picks are not subject to the weighting system. They’re essenatially “coaches picks.” The weighting only covers the other 15 players and Ange’s views count for 10% when those 15 players are selected.

          • Roar Guru

            March 23rd 2013 @ 12:45pm
            Fussball ist unser leben said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:45pm | ! Report


            Methodology to pick A-League All-Star

            1. Calculate the weighted votes for each player available for selection:

            Weighted vote for each player = Σ [(0.5 x Fans votes) + (0.2 x Expert Panel votes) + (0.2 x Player votes) + (0.1 x Ange Postecoglou votes)]

            2. After this voting process, every available player will have a “Weighted vote”

            3. The 15 players chosen will have the highest “Weighted votes” to comply with the formation & positions that Ange requires for his team.

            4. After this process, Ange picks 3 players who he wants in the team, but they didn’t score adequate weighted votes.

            • Roar Guru

              March 23rd 2013 @ 2:21pm
              Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

              Andyroo, Fuss and Matt,

              I have not fully immersed myself into this actual fixture for i’m not 100% committed and on board even though I understand the significance it could play. Somewhere along the way I must have missed the explanation or simply did not grasp the understanding. I appreciate your help.

              I honestly did not understand, so thank you.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:23am
      Bondy said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      A fanatastic concept with the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd needing a global profile where not going to be able to host those teams annually they have to service other markets also but wouldn’t it be great to see the likes of a Milan A.C. or Juventus or prehaps a Bayern Munich or a Dortmund (with an Australian connection Musty and Langerak).

      The doubters will say nobody will watch these games globally dont bank on it, I watched Liverpool play a select Canadian all stars game and it was relatively enjoyable to watch and it was played in a serious manner , a great innitiative by the F.F.A keeping the sport in the profile or the psyche of the Australian sports consumer almost all year round.

      Another landmark moment for Australian Football.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:26am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      I’d rather see Man U play the top 4 best HAL teams at their home grounds… This All Stars Team will tell us nothing about the standard of the HAL and where it’s at… In fact—I will predict the All Star Team, will be under prepared, with no game time together, then to be sent out to be thrashed—what will that prove? It will send the wrong message all around the world that the HAL is no better or worse than the defunct NSL…

      • Roar Guru

        March 23rd 2013 @ 8:35am
        Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:35am | ! Report

        I either predict a thrashing or an under the table handshake to at least make the match look interesting. Cause there is no way in the world 1 – 2 Weeks will be long enough. Are we playing to show quality? Or make money and lots of it? Good timing considering it’s during the origin period.

        Notice how they’re called the FOXTEL ALL STARS??
        does that mean they will only play on foxtel or that they’ll play on a free to air channel but will have done the smartest thing which is market themselves?

        Great idea I believe, only if it’s on FTA though.

        • March 23rd 2013 @ 8:51am
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:51am | ! Report

          Bad idea in my opinion. I can remember a long time ago (Australian Soccer Federation days) we had a tournament played in Sydney with a leading English club (Man U) and one from Italy and an Australian Rep Team, which flopped badly.. This will be the same—a once off then forgotten…

    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 8:29am
      Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      Cpaaa & MV Dave,

      First things first – I somewhat support the concept.
      Second thing – everyone cries about engagement with the football community and says how everything can be improved upon. The moment the power is given to the people, excuses are afforded. The football family consists of all supporters who have been members of their club in some form. I estimate that number to be at least 100,000 in 8 years. It is probably more.

      So 15,000 regardless of reason or excuse is pathetic, not the concept
      The concept will grow for sure!

      By the way. Out of those 5520 votes for AP, 1 was from me. So why, a Brisbane Roar supporter, could I be bothered to vote for a Melbourne coach??

      Oh i’m sure you’ll all watch with massive interest and vote for your players you want, guarantee it, but time to vote for a coach to represent the A-league? Obviously irrelevant and doesn’t matter

      • Roar Rookie

        March 23rd 2013 @ 12:45pm
        Victorioso said | March 23rd 2013 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

        Wow I didn’t know some Roar fans still had strong Ange Postecoglou issues. After this season is over I think Roar supporters need a group therapy session where they can bring all their ‘In Rado We Trust’ t-shirts and Mulvey Out banners and discuss the serious issues they have with the management of their football team.

        • Roar Guru

          March 23rd 2013 @ 2:13pm
          Cameron Kellett said | March 23rd 2013 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

          Strong AP issues?

          What are you on about?
          I like Ange Postecoglou. I am very appreciative of what he aided in bringing to the Brisbane club and although I miss his experience and expertise, i’m ok with the fact he moved on. So based on what I wrote (which you should re-read) how do you come too the conclusion I have AP issues.

          • March 25th 2013 @ 11:18am
            Ian said | March 25th 2013 @ 11:18am | ! Report

            Victorioso went on the attack with me also Kellett about similar issues. Doesn’t matter what you write, he has figured it out in his head what you ‘really meant’ and your response is secondary. He’s jealous.
            if any Roar fans say they had mixed feelings about how Ange left its ‘you have issues’…….no one can question how AP acts…….which now he’s at MV this season there are some differences to being at the Roar. (I must have said that because i have issues).

            I voted for Ange also.

    • Roar Guru

      March 23rd 2013 @ 9:40am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | March 23rd 2013 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      Nice article, as usual, Robbie.

      I’ve followed the A-League since its inception & Man United since 1976, however, exhibition matches no longer hold any fascination for me, but I’ll support the All-Stars concept all the way through voting for coach/players & watching the game on TV.

      Given the way tickets for the game sole out within minutes, the FFA has picked a winner – financially, with the media & with the event-watching public.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 9:51am
      Ballymore said | March 23rd 2013 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      Not my thing but each to their own. Early indicators are it be will be huge a success, so credit to the FFA.

      AP will ensure his team play in the right manner.

      I’m far more interested in the Socceroo’s June games.

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