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Where did he state this?
If this is true then no wonder he is upset with soccer!

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

But, if I read you correctly, you believe that the grand final should be the ‘big event’ not a Cup Final. That’s fine each to their own, all I have said is that I think a Cup Final makes an excellent finale to the season. The fact that this occurs in many countries is neither here nor there but it is my belief that it will add credence to our quest for a football culture.

The FFA Cup is back, different and begging for a new name

Everyone loves a big event, the grand final is football’s ‘big event’ along with other sports but that’s not to say we shouldn’t try to make the Cup Final a ‘big event ‘. By the way, Australia is not as ‘unique ‘ as many people try to make out .

The FFA Cup is back, different and begging for a new name

I don’t believe I have a ‘bizarre complex’, just a belief that the way in which football promotes its own culture (that’s global not just European) is what we should be aiming for.

The FFA Cup is back, different and begging for a new name

Stuart, I think the neutral venue idea is more about building a narrative around a domestic cup and, in doing so, enhance the football culture that the (F)FA is trying to establish. At the moment our ‘other Cup Final ‘, the grand final, which has seemingly been more important , is more akin to Rugby and Australian Rules Football culture.

The FFA Cup is back, different and begging for a new name

ABC 7pm news have just had fairly long report of Sydney’s win in their sport segment.

Gripping grand final proves there's still life in the A-League yet

There in lies the absurdity of using a couple of games in a cup style format to decide the ‘Champions ‘.

Sydney FC and Melbourne City had better be ready for their A-League semi-finals

Where is the A-League at now…… crowds down, no broadcaster after July next year, according to some the quality of the football is poor (so it can’t be the state of the pitches to blame). All I am saying is give Johnson a chance to test some ideas and let’s see where it takes us.

Winter A-League survey: The results are in and not what you may have expected

Support is fickle for all sorts of reasons, summer or winter. Of course it does rain in summer too!

Winter A-League survey: The results are in and not what you may have expected

Why is it a ‘hollow idea ‘ ? Hasn’t James Johnson said it will be assessed at the end of the 20/21 season? If it turns out to be as disastrous as you think I am sure FFA will reassess it.

Winter A-League survey: The results are in and not what you may have expected

The survey results show that the majority of respondents think that a move to winter is a good idea. I am not sure who was not expecting it, maybe those who are against it ( like Stuart).
Before we all start jumping up and down we should let the Dec/July experiment happen and then possibly a second, similar, season in 21/22 and then assess the situation.
The mooted changes are for a raft of reasons not just stadia availability and possible changes in crowd figures ( plus or minus).

Winter A-League survey: The results are in and not what you may have expected

I believe that is what FFA intend to do. The XI points outline is meant as a discussion paper with the intention of encouraging all football fans to participate via an online questionnaire.
For me No.1 is the key; ie: ‘build a strong identity which inspires all Australians’.
In other words, find what makes us proud to be Australian and adapt that to our sport. We are not a homogenous culture, but, even though we are from different backgrounds, we identify as Australian.

Why the A-League must remember the associations

Well said ML ! I too feel a great turning of the tide. Of the many highs and lows I have seen over many years this is definitely one of the highest. Hopefully, the many football followers we have will get behind James Johnson and the team. I am certain he is the man we have all been hoping for to drive our great game forward.

Women's World Cup hosting win exactly what football in Australia needs

Thanks for the great post, obviously you are a man ( or woman) with a great passion for the world game. I think we are greater in number than would appear. Having been through the highs and lows of football here in Australia over the last 60 or so years I am still passionate about our game and I have this ‘gut feel ‘ that, finally, we have someone in James Johnson motivated by the same kind of passion.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

And the other considerations like aligning the pyramid? As I said, let’s see what the plan is before we start condemning it.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

What makes you think that all of this has come from the ‘Golden Generation.’ I think James Johnson has many ideas of his own. I think we should all wait to see what is proposed before we start jumping up and down.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

Stuart, having read and enjoyed many of your articles on football I am at a loss as to your understand your unmeasured replies on this subject.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

Obviously I don’t know the reason you will not be able to attend games in the winter months, no doubt the club that you follow will miss your financial input but without seeing the kind of schedule envisaged it is a rather broad statement to make.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger

Spot on! Let’s start talking football up, stick with JJ and enjoy the ride.

A-League’s winter move fraught with danger