Consensus at last? New FFA congress reportedly decided ahead of FIFA deadline

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    Embattled FFA chairman Steven Lowy is set to remain in his position following reports that consensus on a new congress was reached overnight.

    Fairfax Media is reporting a new congress model was settled on last night, likely sparing Lowy and the rest of the FFA’s board the ignominy of being replaced by a FIFA normalising committee.

    After being told by FIFA to reform their ten-member congress – which includes nine votes for each of the FFA’s state associations and one for all A-League clubs – to a more democratic model by November 30, it seems a new model comprising 15 voting members has been reached in time to prevent intervention by football’s global governing body.

    According to Fairfax Media, nine of those votes will still be held by the states, while an extra three will be allocated to A-League clubs, bringing their total votes up to four. The remaining two votes will be split at one apiece between the Professional Footballer’s Association and women’s football.

    While the new model is still some way from being officially introduced – there is yet to be any announcement from the FFA and any new congress will require FIFA approval prior to its introduction – it is a welcome change from the seemingly constant stumbling blocks of earlier this year.

    A new consensus congress was reportedly close twice in August during talks that were overseen by a FIFA delegation, only for them to fall through twice amid allegations Lowy interfered in the process. That same delegation left Australian shores without an agreement in place and with FIFA’s axe looming over the FFA’s board.

    That a consensus has reportedly been reached, while slightly surprising, is no doubt positive news for football fans and the FFA as the A-League season draws closer.

    It is also the second bit of positive football news this week, after a significant pay rise for female footballers plying their trade in the A-League was announced on Monday.

    That pay raise will see W-League players all paid a minimum retainer of at least $10,000 for the season, and the salary cap for each club doubled to $300,000 per season.

    UPDATE: It has now emerged that a complete consensus is yet to be struck, meaning the new congress model is still some way off from being introduced.

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      September 13th 2017 @ 3:35pm
      Stuart Thomas said | September 13th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

      Thank goodness. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel. The new structure may not suit everyone however it does look a little more balanced. How it plays out in practicality will be interesting.

    • September 13th 2017 @ 3:39pm
      Newie said | September 13th 2017 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

      The States were told to relax their opposition to the A-League Clubs having a greater say?

    • September 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm
      punter said | September 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

      What does it all mean, just want to get back to expansion, improving the game in this country & uniting football fans.

    • September 13th 2017 @ 4:21pm
      Midfielder said | September 13th 2017 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

      Last night at roughly 6:00 PM a poster on 442 I know said an agreement had been reached on all things between the clubs and FFA.

      Including governance as released today
      Time to introduce P & R
      Two new teams next year, Brisbane Strikers for sure out of Ballymore, and the Gong if the Murdoch / Gordon bid gets up,
      Agreement to set up without a timetable a second division.

      I happen to know the posters source and I suggest its correct.

      • September 13th 2017 @ 5:00pm
        Nick Symonds said | September 13th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

        Brisbane Strikers? Out of Ballymore? Are you sure you don’t mean Brisbane City?

        I’ve also heard that Hull City will be relocating to Africa but that could be wrong as well.

        It’ll be good to see Wollongong Wolves back though if accurate.

        • September 13th 2017 @ 5:26pm
          Midfielder said | September 13th 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

          OK yer City

          • September 13th 2017 @ 7:49pm
            Waz said | September 13th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

            So the poster on 442 was wrong about consensus being reached between the FFA and clubs then, good chance the rest is wrong as well then?

      • September 13th 2017 @ 5:47pm
        AR said | September 13th 2017 @ 5:47pm | ! Report

        Midfielder, you’re claiming the Strikers are set to enter the comp *next year* out of Ballymore, and the W.Wolves too?

        No Southern Sydney, no Casey/Dandenong, no South Melb?

        Ok then. Some bold claims right there.

    • September 13th 2017 @ 4:22pm
      Midfielder said | September 13th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

      Things can only get better from hear.

    • September 13th 2017 @ 4:24pm
      Nemesis said | September 13th 2017 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

      FIFA rejected a 9-3-1 model proposed by the FFA in July because “the model does not reflect an appropriate representation of all stakeholders”.

      Will one more vote for ALeague clubs and 1 more vote for women players make the rejected model acceptable?

      I hope not. I hope FIFA tells them “NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Go back & do it properly”.

      I want a Congress that reflects the whole of Football, which is different in cities & regional towns. It’s different for players with Special Needs; coaches, Futsal, etc.

      • September 13th 2017 @ 6:46pm
        Arto said | September 13th 2017 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

        Apparently, the SIGs you mention aren’t well-enough organised (according to FNSW) in terms of their governance set-up so they don’t qualify under FIFA’s regulations… I too would love a more diverse Congress, but if the SIGs aren’t able to get their own house in order it might be better to have their interests channelled through a more-organised body such as the PFA or AAFC for example (provided they too have their house in order).. What this article fails to point out though (strangely the Source he References does mention this however!) is that the A-League clubs & PFA remain scepticle to this proposal as it would still allow the State Feds to have a voting bloc of 60% which could then pass resolutions as the FFA Board wishes… This may be a huge sticking point, particularly for the A-League clubs as they want less FFA influence than as is at present…

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