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Lionheart

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Loves all live sport. Very ordinary at rugby codes, cricket and athletics in younger days, gentle road cyclist and a football fanatic with age. It's so big, we've just got to be part of it. Brisbane Roar member, NQ Cowboys fan.

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I can still see the look on Staj’s face when the interviewer told him that Mariners had offered Usain Bolt a contract.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

postponements, at teams’ requests, on a whim Certainly not the case for Roar with those same day fly in/fly out matches in Melbourne. They were often selecting the least sick player just to make up a team. Postponements may have worked for some, certainly not for all.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

let’s hope so. They have two special needs children, Charlie has dyed his hair in the past to bring that cause to public notice. He seems a genuine character.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

most A League clubs also have NPL teams. You may have to wait a bit longer for that one, unless they’re counting internal transfers. But if it’s not going to make any difference, why is there so much opposition?

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

Charlie Austin’s wife tweeted about four days ago, Mike the Tuckerman retweeted it. She said something like ‘we leave for overseas in three days and nothing’s packed, Charlie’s off playing golf’. So I guess he’s here today, thereabouts.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

stooge with an agenda here, apparently. The APL is not keen on transfer fees, and the PFA also not supportive. Emma Kemp wrote a good article on the subject in yesterday’s Guardian. APL says it is prepared (reluctantly) to give it a go. I find it odd, given they’re happy to gain benefit from transfers to overseas clubs. I don’t see how we can require clubs to develop players (through compulsory academies and age rules) if they then can just lose them for no gain.
She does say in the article that the FA, James Johnson is prepared to act unilaterally and implement transfers anyway.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

I agree there Jordan Sports Fan, looking forward to these preseason matches against PL clubs. Unfortunately, I’ll be in the UK so won’t be able to attend but my guess is they’ll be on TV over there. Keep Up puts too much international football, as in other countries Leagues, content over the Australian game. I’d much prefer to see more on our own competitions, Australia Cup has been generating interest for quite a while now.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

Thanks Mike. Looks like there may be a few class players in the coming season, up front too. Let’s hope we’re talking about players and football more than anything else.

Some proactive administration is a terrific sign for the A-Leagues

not quite what the article says. PFA position is stated as ‘not opposed’ but want it collectively bargained (ie. PFA wants to be involved in the process, I guess) and APL quoted as ‘willing to consider it’ but unconvinced there will be any financial gain.
She also says that the FA (Johnson) is willing to act unilaterally if necessary, which is good to hear. The football executives don’t seem to agree on a lot of things.
I must also correct my original comment above, she does certainly present the FA’s case and has obviously spoken to Johnson (quotes him anyway).

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

Interesting article in this morning’s Guardian by Emma Kemp on transfer fees. She largely presents the cases of the opponents to transfer fees, PFA and APL. There’s a few flaws in the arguments presented and she doesn’t seem to have spoken to the FA who almost come across as the bad guys in the article.

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

Matildas may have something to say about that.
and if we want the Matildas to stay competitive and grow, we need the ALW.
When’s that AFL or BBL world cup being held again?

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

Does the FA contribute to funding, given that the major source of income for women’s football is, assumedly, the Matildas?

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

difficult to quantify other than the two new teams, that adds 40 professional or semi-pro players, plus coaches, referees and others. Clubs, in the State, NPL, city leagues, have been adding women’s teams in recent years, and assumedly below that, but no, I can’t quantify them.

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

Canberra does have an academy of sport, called ACTAS and women’s football is on their programme

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

as I say, Roar bring in new players every year, through the QAS mostly. More Matildas have come through the Roar than any other club, by a long shot. Great to see a USNT player just recently too.

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

It’s great news for the women’s game.
I did make a similar comment yesterday, but that article disappeared. Under the existing system, clubs rebuilt their teams every season and the players were on one-season contracts. Continuity was difficult, especially for clubs like Roar that gave young players out of QAS a go and soon lost them if they showed any promise, then they had to rebuild each season. In a short season, lose a couple of games early on while your players are still settling and your season’s over. And for the players, they didn’t know if they had a contract or not from one year to the next. How can a player develop under those circumstances?
There’s a lot of challenges in this path, not least we lose the advantage of being an off-season training run for the big overseas league players. We have to compete for players, but we’ll have more players in the league playing more football so more talent developed. Wages and money will be an issue for clubs but we should take advantage of the growth in the women’s game. Transfer fees are a must, at all levels.

The A-League Women expansion highlights an exciting time to be a football fan

Roar fan, I’m not pretending to know much about club academies and how they rate. It is a topic I would like to research properly and write an article about, but don’t have the time right now. A quick look however, reveals that Roar Academy is QLDs only two-star academy under the FA accreditation system. The FA accreditation system doesn’t seem to have picked up the NPL clubs yet, but they plan to. FQ has implemented the FQ Academy and accredits clubs to conduct various aspects of the national/state programme, like skills acquisition, talent support, QAS, etc.
So when I said elite academy I wasn’t so much comparing it to others but rather stating the fact that it’s officially the top of the tree of football academies in Qld and as such it can be called elite. If so fact so, I believe it’s programme should include a whole lot more – mental, media, money, meals, mates, to name a few m’s for starters.

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

stop wasting my time

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

They also have the Qld Cup with Aston Villa and Leeds in two weeks. I don’t know how solid their training is, but they’ve posted videos back at training.

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

I recall the press conference and news reports vividly. MacLaren wanted marquee wages and Aloisi told him that he wasn’t worth a marquee wage. This is the guy who released Kai Rowles, among others who went on to play for other clubs, because he wasn’t good enough for Roar. But yes, he did recruit the players you mention, Khaffala was a waste, way past his best.

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

cheers JB. No I don’t see them as a development team, but certainly in the past year or two I accept they have been, through necessity more than anything. In the current environment, with nowhere to develop young professional players and coaches other than the A League, I accept that Roar will be a development team occasionally. I know Roar can’t buy titles, like the Melbourne teams, but we’ve proven we can win them with the right players and coach.

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

given the usual break in home games over Christmas/New Year allotted Brisbane, we’ll have a two month break in attending Waz.

The A-League's World Cup break: The right move or a missed opportunity?

It’s a fair call, international breaks seems a standard practice elsewhere. If they played through the whinge will still be there. I’d love a break at Christmas as I’m going overseas for a white one for a change, but I’ll be watching on TV.

The A-League's World Cup break: The right move or a missed opportunity?

Barnett was solid at Roar at NYL and academy, but never looked comfortable at A League level. I was surprised Victory picked him up, and played him a bit too.
Get your point on kids, which I think a good academy has a role in, with programmes outside of playing the game (mental, health, media, legal, etc as formal learning). The term academy is misleading, more just a football school (academy infers much more).

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

Where’s Parsons going? Haven’t heard a club name mentioned. MV have played Jay Barnett a bit, from Roar youth and I’d put Adams a few levels above him (no disrespect Jay), but different considerations. I see he’s on a scholarship contract, which caught me as odd.
My point about losing academy graduates players so soon is, why were they there? If not to play for Roar. I know it’s naive thinking but this is an elite academy, rated as such among just a few in Australia (Mariners, SFC, WSW, MCY). It should be about much more than playing, and imo every entrant should have a desired career path – to play for Roar. If Adams had an attitude problem or training issue he should have been ditched a couple of years ago, imo.

Why Brisbane’s gone all-in on their big-time Charlie

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