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Jonah Ley

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Hi Garry – in the article I do not state that the ALW is FA’s league. I simply made a comparison of the two organisations to show how the FA has stronger women’s representation.

As the ALW finals and World Cup loom, the APL is failing women's football

Thanks for reading Lionheart. And yes I agree RE: women’s development. I’d like the development of the ALW to be more context-focused, so for example I’d like to have seen the ALW not included in the grand final decision so the ALW grand finals could continue being hosted in smaller local suitable venues. This would be a good start to groundswell local grassroot interest. Having it played in the neutral cavernous CommBank is tone deaf to what the ALW needs at this point in its development IMO.

As the ALW finals and World Cup loom, the APL is failing women's football

Hey Roberto, yes I must admit I also thought the title The Roar selected was slightly misrepresentative of the article, my original title was: As the ALW Finals and Women’s World Cup Loom, the Women’s Game has Shouldered the Brunt of Recent APL Decisions.
And yes, the FA has the responsibility for the World Cup legacy, however with eyes likely to be on the ALW leading into the WWC, the APL could have been more mindful of some if its recent decisions I touch on (such as removing the ALW from FTA this season, and hosting the grand final at a neutral venue).

As the ALW finals and World Cup loom, the APL is failing women's football

It’s a term used frequently in academic articles (especially in politics and global economy spheres). It means that much of the corporate world (think Wall Street, for example) is largely male-dominated and far-reaching economic/financial decisions they make have gendered impacts globally, particularly in poorer regions (the GFC and Asian Financial Crisis are examples of this).

As the ALW finals and World Cup loom, the APL is failing women's football

I have a hunch the hurry to get to 16 teams is to improve upon the current broadcast deal next time around. It was revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald a few months back that Paramount+ subscriptions didn’t hit benchmarks & there was a shortfall in broadcast income. So I think the APL have accelerated expansion plans (but with wealthy & secure investors, it could pay off).

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Interesting – thanks for sharing.

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Interesting regarding Roar claiming an exclusive license for Brisbane, I didn’t know this (if true). Although it conflicts with the news a few days back that the Roar would welcome a second Brisbane side.

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Thanks Harry.
What would you think of a joint venture between the NRL’s Dolphins & a hypothetical Moreton Bay/north Brissy A-League franchise?

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Thanks Grem,
and yeah likewise, I’m not from southeast QLD so I’m also keen to scope through the comments later on to hear more from locals who’ll likely know more than I do on a few issues.

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Yeah your last point is spot on, I’d have thought they’d want to capitalise on the already-existing Gold Coast United branding. Maybe they intentionally want to distance themselves from it?
Also, here’s the link from yesterday I was referring to (in my earlier comment) if you missed it: https://www.codesports.com.au/sport/gold-coast-aleague-bid-chairman-danny-maher-declares-region-front-and-centre-for-expansion/news-story/534180a78d601d2e6197895dc34029ce

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

Hey guys, I’d like to add that I submitted this article just hours before the big Gold Coast bid news dropped yesterday (that the bid has a war chest of funds ready-to-go and are prepared to build their own stadium), so keep it in mind once you’ve read the article (this certainly works heavily in their favour). Cheers.

A-Leagues set to expand to South East Queensland in 2025/26, is Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast the best bet?

I’m so excited for this too, would love to see a NZ Derby R1 opener at a sold-out Eden Park in 2024.

With Canberra and Auckland slated for expansion, the A-League's future is bright

Thanks Cavaquinho, appreciate the kind words & feedback.

With Canberra and Auckland slated for expansion, the A-League's future is bright

Thanks Chris, I appreciate the kind words!

With Canberra and Auckland slated for expansion, the A-League's future is bright

Thanks David, yeah I admit I’m still treading carefully with the establishment of the NST. But hopefully I’m proven wrong & it gets up & running.

With Canberra and Auckland slated for expansion, the A-League's future is bright

Thank you, appreciate it!

With Canberra and Auckland slated for expansion, the A-League's future is bright

Hi David, I’ve seen a few people in the comments mention the start date as December 2021. Do you know where this date came from? From my understanding the latest predicted start date (from the WU CEO a few months back) was July-August 2021 (so within the next 25 days).
Thanks.

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

The pros of WMG are obviously owning their own stadium, their billionaire backers and having player agent Lou Sticca on their books (responsible for Del Piero and a number of other marquee names).
They have a geographical divide, yes – ‘everything west of the West Gate bridge’ – but they’ve also got a very saturated market, so hopefully Sticca & co. realise they’ve got to actually sell their club to people to have any chance; not just hope being their itself will attract fans (e.g. Melbourne City).
In doing so, I believe they’ll become a big-spending, international marquee club. For them it’ll be sink or swim, & that’s their selling point. They’ll learn from the Heart/City problem (of simply existing and hoping for the best). They won’t be like Wanderers, MSWS or what Team 11 would’ve been in community-oriented.
After a decade of bringing these new fans attracted to the $$, then they’ll have to move heaven and earth maintaining and consolidating them, hopefully the West Melbourne region is big enough then.

Congratulations Western Melbourne Group. Now don’t pull a Melbourne City

Team names:
WMG: Western Rovers or West Patriots; they’ll exclude ‘Melbourne’ from their name to expand their territory, attempting to cover Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo.
MSWS:
Macarthur United,
South West Wolves FC,
FC South West
Sydney South West,
South West Sydney FC
Southern West United,
South West United,
Sydney South West United,
;

The FFA have made the right decisions on A-League expansion

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