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In part at least, I think followers of other codes all have an interest in soccer because it is football, real football played with the ball at one’s feet. At heart they are all football fans and kid themselves by using our label for their games. Of course, being the global game too, they would all, deep down subconsciously I feel, love our game to succeed and for our Socceroos to become a world power.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

You need a strong 2nd division. So Brisbane fans, we wonderful people, will follow our team just as passionately in the second division as we have in the A League. We’ll watch them on You Tube and around 10K of us will watch live at the new Logan sports complex mini stadium. Our away games will all be played in Qld, at the new Cleveland sportsground stadium and the upgraded Lions FC park. There’s much to do before we get there and it will take time.
Fifteen years, 1934 is probably about right because we have a long way to go to lift our second division to that standard – facilities, funds et al. But we will get there in the long run, if we work together. Those arguing that it should happen in a few years are not realistic, or have somehow discovered a magic wand they are yet to unveil.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Thanks for this article Stuart. Much appreciated.

2019 Football Writers Festival: An inspiring weekend with Jens and Foz

it won’t work if you have teams promoted that play in a suburban park that has no lighting. My local NPL team couldn’t play their FFA match v Adelaide (which they won) at home because their park is not up to standard. The gap between the two leagues has to close before p/r can be introduced, otherwise it won’t work.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

the position of the franchise (professional clubs) in the NPL is a bit misleading at present. A couple of clubs are well advanced with their academies and have decent development squads that play in the NPL, but they’re not in it to win, they’re in it for the development. They’ll have 15 and 16 year olds playing against mature age teams. Others have limited squads, largely their A League reserves and NYL players who are in it to win. It depends on the maturity of the clubs academy, and their approach to youth development more broadly.
That said, I heard that the NPLV average wage is twice that of the NPLQ, so there are a lot of Qld players in the NPLV. Better corporates in Vic, and also QAS produces some capable players, male and female.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

To be fair to Nikou, a check of tweets from the Football Writers Festival gives a broader perspective of what he had to say, overall in response to questions. Some quotes attributed to Nikou, ‘the overarching thing for the football community to do is unite, and there is no better example than infrastructure’, ‘There needs to be another wave of reform … one of the things we must have is a second division’, ‘what’s the difference between you and S Lowy? … about $10 billion’.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

It’s been obvious for a while, I’d thought anyway, that none of the existing franchises are going to be relegated anytime soon, at least not until there is a credible second division. In their own discussion paper a few weeks ago the professional clubs association said that the gap between the two tiers, in finances, facilities etc and quality of play needs to be narrowed before p/r could be considered, and they said that will take a long time. So no one should be surprised. How many NPL clubs are up for losing a couple of million dollars a year?
Meanwhile, I’d like to see an interim version of p/r introduced sooner. Exclude the franchises and expand with a couple of extant NPL clubs (from the second division if it’s ready), their new spots being p/r spots for an interim period until the second tier is developed. Playoffs to decide which clubs of course, but still there would need to be a minimum infrastructure requirement.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

kinda’. She did play last October on the France/England tour under Staj. Her thing is to play wherever her brothers play, as I understand it, not so much under a certain coach.

Milicic names Matildas squad for US friendlies

Mike, I think they probably thought, more money this way, let’s do it.

When did football become so difficult to like?

but everybody already competes – it’s just a matter of where

When did football become so difficult to like?

yes, I lived in Richmond, Penrith and the lower mountains for years and had enough difficulty linking with Blacktown and the west, let alone Campbeltown, Camden and the rest on the road to Canberra.

Hot property FC: Macarthur crosses the line in 2020

Spot on Punter, and this amidst, still, the negativity that so many “sports fans” throw at our game.

The three keys to fixing the Socceroos

Australians have long played in Asia. They’ve been in the SE Asia Leagues for thirty years that I’m aware, and then some. There are a few now in west Asia, which I think is a relatively new venture. Standards of many Asia leagues are above A League, and many others are rapidly improving. I’m not uncomfortable being a top 5 Asia team, which I’d hope in years to come will put us in the top 30 worldwide. That’s my prediction anyway, for us to bounce around the top 5 in Asia, top 3 normal, and top 50 in the World, top 30 hopefully as normal. We can do it.

The three keys to fixing the Socceroos

Think you’re right AGO74, but also that FFA may be concerned about their looming bid for the Women’s World Cup 2023. There’s some strong competition from within Asia and our bid won’t have a chance without AFC backing.

When did football become so difficult to like?

Not Sydney FC, but Kossie’s moving along at Brisbane City FC, in the NPLQ. Sitting mid-table with 4 losses in the last 5 games, including an embarrassing 7-0 loss to Lions FC, City has offered Kossie a new position in Senior Football Development, yet to be defined but the job is to help work on the club’s goal of joining the A League. The club also appointed as new coach, effective immediately, Nick Green.
We need you Kossie, but not as coach man, not with all that time you spend away in tv land.

Should Sydney FC sack Steve Corica?

it’s hard to think of a better fit as LFC manager

Forget trophies, Jurgen Klopp is the best thing to happen to Liverpool since Shankly

Fox commentary team are the worst I’ve heard for ‘differing opinions’, or shall I just say ‘biased opinions’. I think it’s the one factor about the A League that I dislike – the Fox commentary and talk shows. Harper and Bozza are the worst, although Bozza’s likeable persona gets him off the hook. Nothing can save Harps, not even his occasional step into praise for MVs opponents in an attempts to even out the count, so to speak. Bozz and his mate Bill give football a fair hearing on their nightly talk show, but somehow the conga line of Sydney guests and panellists from Sydney clubs, and the sky blue paraphernalia just give a hint of where their loyalty lies, even before the talk starts. I hope, with an independent A League, that we get a professional and independent broadcast coverage, like Optus offers.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

Nick, I believe the Stadium Taskforce Report was a report to government. Not a government report, but a report for them to consider. As yet, I don’t think they’ve stated a response to that report. They’re not likely to ignore it, but they haven’t said ticky boo as yet, unless I’ve missed it.
They have, as you probably know, committed funds to a new AFLW boutique stadium in Ipswich for the Brisbane Lions, and just last month, opened a new netball stadium at Nathan for the Firebirds. Fox reported that netball were pursuing similar new stadiums around Australia.

Hot property FC: Macarthur crosses the line in 2020

but ratings make no difference to Fox – you know that

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

withheld? have they?

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

wow Nemesis, never expected that reaction for merely pointing out the number of former Roar players accumulated by Victory. You seem a touch sensitive on this point, but you simply can not alter the fact that Victory has signed a lot of former Roar players, whether they be direct from Roar or if they came via another club, they are still former Roar. And the fact that MV signed them indicates to me at least that Victory thinks they’re decent. Can you name a club that has accumulated more players from another club?
I saw something recently on Victory starting their academy, so let’s hope in the not too distant future Victory will be a net supplier of A League players.

Some things are more important than a round of football

A pretty flat weekend of football, I thought especially, as Mike says, after the tragedy in Christchurch. I was pleased to see the ‘Nix get their win, just for NZ. A point that really stood out for me, as a Roar supporter, was the number of former Roar players now accumulated by Victory; surely no other A League club has recruited so many very decent players from the one other club, although I suspect Akbari may regret his move. And how about the passion of those Mariners fans. Well done them.

Some things are more important than a round of football

I flicked through one of the AFL games, women I think, and the score was 54-1. Exciting stuff huh?

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Mister Football: ‘Matildas … in commercial terms … might be on the verge of surpassing (the Socceroos)’.
There is only one World Cup. The team that competes at the World Cup will be the more commercially valuable.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

anon: “Imagine how good the Socceroos would be if the Abletts, Betts and Riolis of the world picked up the round ball at a young age rather than a Sherrin.” You’re simply show your ignorance of football, and the skills required. First up, if they picked up the ball they would be fouled. They show no skills, in any game of AFL I’ve watched (which aren’t many I admit), that could translate to soccer. none. You say our best footballers are in the AFL, I say that it’s hand ball and punt kicks, nothing like football, at all.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?