FFA get reprieve as FIFA intervention delayed until next month

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    FIFA’s planned intervention into the governance of Australian football has been delayed, with FFA’s November 30 deadline to sort out its affairs creeping closer.

    A joint delegation of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation representatives was set to arrive in Australia in late July to mend the rift between divided stakeholders and end their impasse on a new, more democratic congress demanded by FIFA.

    If the congress is not in place by the November deadline, FIFA will disband the FFA board and remove chairman Steven Lowy.

    “We’re working to get a resolution that means we don’t get to that stage,” FFA chief executive David Gallop told AAP on Monday, adding the delegation was now only likely to arrive in early August.

    “We’re still looking to finalise the date but it’s likely to be in early August.

    “We support FIFA coming and hearing the views of the various stakeholders first hand.

    “We’ve seen some changes in the FIFA administration and the people managing the issue in recent times, so it will be good for the people who are actually dealing with the matter to come to Australia and hear the debate.”

    If the delegation does arrive in early August, it will leave little more than three months before FIFA acts on its threat to implement a normalisation committee to temporarily take over FFA’s affairs.

    The governing body’s decision earlier this month to intercede is an embarrassing blow to Lowy and his beleaguered board, and followed FIFA’s outright rejection of its proposed new congress model as unrepresentative.

    After a protracted stalemate lasting months, FFA informed FIFA it had reached consensus from more than 75 per cent of members for the first stage of an expanded congress.

    That 9-3-1 model is made up of the nine state member federations, two seats for the A-league clubs and one for the W-League, and one for the players’ union, the Professional Footballer’s Australia (PFA).

    FFA still sits poles apart from the A-League clubs, PFA and the largest state member federation, Football NSW, who are standing firm on a 9-5-1 model.

    Trust has all but dissolved in the increasingly bitter stand-off, especially as the 10 A-League clubs continue to seek what they believe is their share of revenue entitlements and a greater say in the game’s future.

    “It would certainly be good to get things resolved,” Gallop said.

    “There’s a level of frustration from most stakeholders.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • July 17th 2017 @ 2:47pm
      fifo said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

      I want FIFA to ENFORCE promotion / relegation in Australia. At all costs.

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        July 17th 2017 @ 4:45pm
        albatross said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:45pm | ! Report


        Did you mean to use “GIGO”?

        For what you want FIFA to do is garbage. It would mean the end of professional football in this country for the foreseeable future.

        Unless, of course, you are a hugely wealthy billionaire who can bankroll the code for 20 years.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 2:08pm
          Steve said | July 18th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

          There is far more to Australian Football than just the Professional 1%.
          We need a governance for ALL of Football! FFA not up to the job!

          • July 18th 2017 @ 3:43pm
            vin said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

            FFA can save 6 million a year by slashing the 12 executive committee members salary,

            why does football need executives on 1 million + salary for a non profit organisation

            unbelievable how they have gotten away with it for 10+ years

      • July 19th 2017 @ 5:54am
        Neil said | July 19th 2017 @ 5:54am | ! Report

        I am over you purists.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 4:52pm
      Nemesis said | July 17th 2017 @ 4:52pm | ! Report

      This is very good news. For me, the only way to create the optimal FFA membership structure will be after a clean start. The current 9-1 structure will never vote for the best structure for the Whole of Football. They’ll always vote for the best structure for themselves.

      • July 17th 2017 @ 5:28pm
        pete4 said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

        Seems to be the state federations want to hang onto power at any cost. Is there a reason why the Congress couldn’t be expanded even further to cover the entire game? For example

        States = 9
        A-League = 10
        Womens Football = 1
        PFA = 1
        AAFC = 1
        Referees = 1
        Futsal = 1
        Beach = 1

        Seats = 25 (up from current 10 to loosen the grip of the states federations who wield all the power). Hopefully this leads to all the state federations being merged into the FFA. It’s the only way as the states federations voting against themselves will never happen

        • July 17th 2017 @ 5:33pm
          Nemesis said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

          I definitely like the diversity offered by your model.

          I wrote an opinion piece on this a few months ago – my preferred model is included

          I would like to see even broader representation by having equal women & men for each group you’ve chosen. Except ALeague & WLeague which can be fully male/female respectively.

          Also, whilst I’ve given significant votes to ALeague, if ALeague becomes an independent entity from FFA, I don’t want ALeague to have any more than 1 token vote on the FFA Congress.

    • July 17th 2017 @ 5:52pm
      pete4 said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

      Interesting article! Even if we get to the 9-5-1 model the states are still in control. The state federations currently believe they represent the entire game so no change is required with the exception of NSW & VIC.

      I think it’s still better for the FFA to run the A-League/W-League for a while yet

      • July 17th 2017 @ 5:58pm
        Nemesis said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

        Yeah. From FIFA’s reply to FFA, it’s clear 9-5-1 isn’t acceptable. Fifa definitely wants representation from: refs, Futsal, Coaches, Special Needs, etc. In particular FIFA wants women’s football properly represented.

        One thing I’ve noticed in recent weeks, in Germany & England they have more representation from grassroots. In Aust this might mean representation from smaller areas than States/Territories.

        A bit like the electoral system we have for voting in State & Federal elections. Eg NSW might have 25 votes for 25 regions. This would be preferable to just 1 representative for the whole state of NSW which has diverse needs based on the area.

        In England there are 120 people on the FA Congress

        • July 17th 2017 @ 6:25pm
          Waz said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

          I think that should be the end game Nem. QLD has (I think) ten regions so should get 10 votes. It’s important though that we don’t have grassroots trying to run the professional game and visa-versa, so there needs to be administration separation introduced (otherwise known as independent leagues like the EPL and EFL).

          • July 17th 2017 @ 6:42pm
            Nemesis said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

            Spot on. No doubt, especially for bigger area States (Qld, WA, NSW) the needs vary dramatically from inner city capital cities to the rural areas. Each region that’s given vote should roughly represent the same number of registered players. Same as electoral maps in Australia now approximately represent the same number of voters to ensure the gerrymander (made so famous by Joh Bjelke Petersen 😉 ) never returns.

            • July 17th 2017 @ 8:02pm
              Waz said | July 17th 2017 @ 8:02pm | ! Report


    • July 17th 2017 @ 6:51pm
      Nemesis said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

      Just had a look at the FFV Constitution.

      From my brief reading, the Membership comprises:

      1 representative from each of the following Standing Committees

      1) Refs
      2) Coaches
      3) Women
      4) Futsal
      5) Juniors
      6) Men

      2 representatives from each of 12 Zones

      Here is the Zone Map for Victoria:

      Clubs within each Zone vote for representatives for their zone.

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      July 17th 2017 @ 9:10pm
      Grobbelaar said | July 17th 2017 @ 9:10pm | ! Report

      Will this usher in the end of the Lowy reign?

    • July 17th 2017 @ 11:59pm
      marcel said | July 17th 2017 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

      Goodbye A-League…hello petty self interest…back to the future it seems.

      • July 19th 2017 @ 5:57am
        Neil said | July 19th 2017 @ 5:57am | ! Report

        I agree.

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