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Excellent topic Pete. Sport is played not just physically but between the ears, one with the other. Often the brain stuff is the difference between champions and the rest. It’s also sad but true that coming out and saying that you’d like assistance with the mental side will raise questions in the minds of the coaching staff and others. All of a sudden the coach is deciding whether to ‘trust’ the player to perform on the pitch or are they going to be a liability. The easy option is to leave the player out. The harder option but more rewarding option for all would be to work with the player. It sends a signal that all are valued.

The Tracker: Ben Sigmund and well-being in the A-League

It’s worth us refreshing our memories about this as it was introduced in the NSL and scrapped after a few seasons. The history of the NSL and A-league needs to be studied and understood very carefully before people set off on another dead end romp.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Soccer_League#1984%E2%80%931986:_Conference_system_and_power_shift

AAFC releases plans for second division by 2022

Where is the word “conference” mentioned?

AAFC releases plans for second division by 2022

Love how many of the clubs have the word ‘soccer’ inscribed on the badge. Certainly ‘Soccer as we know it’ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽

More power to these clubs.

AAFC releases plans for second division by 2022

Spot on Stuart. I love hearing from our ex-Socceroos and it’s great that they are commenting on some big issues but on this point Aloisi is wide of the mark. The EPL has grown into a global powerhouse sucking in talent from across the world. Competition for places will be far more intense now that what it was in the early 2000s. It’s just harder. But it would be wrong to completely dismiss Aloisi. We do need to make sure the development pathways for our young players are best practice which is the second part to his argument in relation to the Institute of Sport.

Anyone bemoaning the lack of Aussies in the English Premier League is missing the point

“Why just recently, Melbourne Knights, one of the ‘biggest’ NPL clubs, came out and publicly admitted they would not seek to become a professional football club, but would continue to be run as a ‘semi-professional’ club.”

I’ll take this at face and somewhat believe it because it brought to mind a comment I heard from someone from the Knights some years ago at a public forum make somewhat of a similar comment. I took it to mean that they wanted to hang onto their identity. They wanted to remain a club that was for the members and that seeking entry to the A-league would compromise them as the FFA would impose rules around identity, etc and game day operations that would be stifling and ruin the atmosphere for members. I had a certain sympathy for their position.

A-League enters death spiral

The stupidity of David Gallop uttering comments about football becoming number one is just an example of FFA running off the rails under previous leadership. There are and continue to be far more important challenges that require all of us, from football CEOs down, to roll up our sleeves and work together. The future will be what we set in train today. All I want to see is a well thought out and executed plan and people working for the good of the game. Success will follow.

A-League enters death spiral

Problem 1: debate about salaries is never ending. As per Phil Micallef’s SBS article in April this year, the average A-league annual non-marquee wage is around $150k and of course some players get more and some less like junior players. The average wage across the Australian working population is about half that of the A-league. However that’s not a fair comparison because the A-league, like any specialty organisation, recruits from a larger pool of lower qualified/skilled individuals so its average wages bill should higher than that of the whole population. In short, the A-league wages are not extraordinarily different to that that might be seen across the Australian population.

Problem 2: Agree, the vilification and lack of real support for active supporters has literally killed the atmosphere at games and driven many supporters away from games.

A-League enters death spiral

The Ogg Monster, Jedders, and H and Holminho leading the line 👍 😂

Is three Popovics a few too many?

I guess it’s up to JJ to balance the various views/inputs and plot a path forwards. I like JJ’s style. It appears calm, engaging, thoughtful and is hopefully assertive when he needs to be.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

Very nice work Nick, now I know what happened during the game and why???
But this point stands out for me “At times they also seemed to lack that killer creativity or guile that would enable them to cut through the Sydney defence,”.
It was an even contest. It required some spark or unorthodox moment to break the deadlock. Enter Grant. What somewhat diappoints me is that Noone and Berenguer have not been consistently influential on the pitch as you would expect from imports. We lacked creativity because we didn’t see the best from these guys while for SFC they can count on Ninkovic to be hovering around doing something that makes the opposition go crazy. I thought Caceres had an excellent game. It kind of was anybodies game for the taking. It just needed somebody to seize the moment. Mullet Man to the rescue 😂

A-League grand final analysis: Sydney FC 1, Melbourne City 0

Agree. We’ve seen players leave over the years to improve themselves. The same should/can happen on the coaching side. Australian football wins.

Popovic leaves Glory to join European club

Let’s look forward in time. The A-league moves to a season that is in sync with NPL and state leagues. All of Australian football then plays over the same period of time.

This I believe is what FFA CEO JJ is aiming for and it is gaining support from the wider football community, it plays into the pro/rel story, and could be achieved in the next few seasons. When that occurs, we have first past the post teams anointed as the clear best teams in their respective leagues.

Separate but running in parallel with the season we can have maybe two cup competitions. A cup comp comprising of teams from the top two leagues A1 (e.g. A-league) and A2, as well as the existing wider FFA Cup. There would be no cup style comp for A1. The football season could finish with a grand final style events such as the FFA Cup final and the final of the A1/A2 cup comp. Clear delineation between end of season top of the ladder champions and cup style champions.

A new solution to the old A-League finals problem

Transfer fees is the answer. If you develop players then you should be allowed to sell them – for a good price. That way there is incentive to develop talent and you know that you’ll be rewarded.

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

I think neutrals would have enjoyed the game. It had action and controversy at both ends and it took an unorthodox goal to break the deadlock. Both goal keepers ensured the game went to extra time and Glover definitely has a bright future. How good was Caceres? Great description of Grant as being “indefatigable”! On the City side, they played their part in making it a very watchable and entertaining game but lacked that bit of quality when it was needed. I expect a lot more from imports so Noone and Berenguer disappointed me just when we needed a big game performance. King had a good game and he kept Wales in check who can’t deliver a good cross to save his life. A good end to the most strangest of seasons. Bring on the next season!

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

Not a game for the ages but a game nonetheless worthy of a grand final. It was quality from both sides but in the end it was the man-with-the-mullet you improvised and found the back of the net. And maybe that summed up the game. Good play generally, good goal keeping at either end so it required something out of the ordinary to break the deadlock. I gotta hand it to Grant, he infuriates me because he’s playing for the opposition but I’d love to have him at City 👍

Sydney FC edge Melbourne City to claim fifth A-League title

I won’t 😛

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

There’ll be no confusion on the pitch tomorrow as City will trot out in the Red&White strip.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

I hope that it’ll be entertaining for the neutrals and a game for the ages as some commentators like to say. My hope of course is that City prevail. To do that they’re going to have to play, to a man, at their best and we have to match SFC in the middle of the park. We went missing in the early stages of the game against WU. If that was to be replicated on Sunday we’ll be a few goals down before the lads go into the sheds at half time. Excited.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

“Where will Messi go?” To Melb City of course 😂

Where will Messi go?

City have a full squad available apart from Jamo. It will be tooooo much for WU.

Sydney might drag itself out of its slumber only because it surely realises that this is the final roll of the dice. Popovic’s park-the-bus strategy might not cut it with Sydney having good avenues to goal.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals

Burgess has caught my eye as well.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

But Mike, how uninspiring are/we’re Perth under Popovic? Tony keeps serving up the same dross year in year out. Is he a one trick pony? At least in Diamanti, Besart and Burgess we’ve seen some exciting, energetic and smart football especially from the Italian maestro. Rudes hasn’t won me over yet but his team has quality and can play.

But the City boyz will have them covered 😂 👍

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

Pumped is not the word. Sh*t scared more to the point.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Elimination finals

It’s been a highly entertaining ending to the elongated A-league season and I expect more of the same going into the finals – yeah!!!

So, Nux over a lack lustre Perf who are missing the magic of Diego and El Tuna not in goal scoring form that’s going to get them over the line IMO. That leaves WU vs Roar. Something says WU. Rudes saved his old codgers for this game and I’m going to have fun watching Diamanti pulling strings around the pitch.

Great weekend ahead.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Elimination finals