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Just had a quick read. Great how many times they use “national” and “regional”

Youngest ever Australia Cup scorer, another electric talent from Adelaide, and sons of Socceroos: Meet the future of Australian football

Because it is an either/or.

The AIS can play no part in developing players who have come through a system with a coaching team, club, State Rep sides & coaches! It would disrupt things and add no value.

Taking players out of their homes, out of the school they know, away from friends and families is a last resort and thinking that – out of the thousands of U16 kids nationally – we can identify the best 18 nationally and send them to Canberra for two years is absolute folly.

The AIS concept had its time, but today it would hold development back (as it did 15 years ago when some administrators/coaches resisted the new system and worked against it in favour of AIS)

The AIS “as was”, now exists in all the capital cities (Graham Arnold apparently doesn’t know this)

And why would you have an U23’s national team for the NSD? National teams must select the best and most appropriate players – not just those from a competition.

There’s a lot of work gone in to making these pathways perform, and a lot more to do, what we don’t need is a new flavour-of-the-month approach disrupting them.

The key word is pathway. It’s a planned and structured journey.

Youngest ever Australia Cup scorer, another electric talent from Adelaide, and sons of Socceroos: Meet the future of Australian football

Strangely enough I agree with that last comment

Macarthur spoil Irankunda's Adelaide farewell as 10-man Bulls survive last-gasp penalty in absolutely wild game

Great write-up, well done.

I’ve said for awhile that the pathways are working and producing technically gifted players who have a good appreciation for how football is played.

These pathways are also producing great young coaches as well.

It was a stuttering start 20 years ago with many people impatient for results not realising a broken system needed a generation to work their way through from basically mini-Roos, through (what was) SAP, and in to open football. And it did get restarted 12-ish years ago.

As a coach (and club VP) within the Queensland Academy System you could see the difference kicking in about 5-6 years ago in terms of the young players and the sheer volume of good young Australian coaches working with them.

10 years ago you couldn’t find a B Licence coach, now you’re tripping over them and many with a plan to go to A.

And all competitions are improving, from the junior pathways to NPL and even spilling over in to community competitions such as City and Metro leagues.

We need to remember though that talent generation is like fine wine production – some years are vintage, others not. Don’t panic if we have 2-3 poor years, it will come around if the system is allowed to work.

Australia is getting more things right than it is wrong in this space (and there’s still a lot wrong lol). And we need more of everything — believe me “a home for the Socceroos in Sydney” will make sweet FA difference to the pathways. Arnie will know that 😡

Does anyone still want to argue that we should close the pathways down and instead send the best 18 kids to the AIS for two years to see if we can create a golden generation once every 50 years …. anyone? ….. I’ll wait 😛

Youngest ever Australia Cup scorer, another electric talent from Adelaide, and sons of Socceroos: Meet the future of Australian football

With 10 minutes to go I’m thinking MacArthur might not make finals this year, then boom boom snd it’s Adelaide that might not make it.

Crazy stuff.

But when a club leaves themselves needing to win all their remaining games and for other results to go their way, it’s asking too much (yes Roar, that includes you!).

It was a great goal from Irankunda – he’s done enough recently to justify all the hype

Macarthur spoil Irankunda's Adelaide farewell as 10-man Bulls survive last-gasp penalty in absolutely wild game

This is turning in to an absolute sensational season for the football.

Can the message to the APL please, please, PLEASE, be to let the football do the heavy lifting …

Cut out the gimmicks & the short cuts & the crazy ideas

Get the club owners to run “good clubs” and not micro-manage the competitions

We don’t have to have a Sydney or Melbourne doing well for the competition to be successful (invariably one of them will be, but we don’t need it)

Level the playing field: fair draw, same rules for everyone, let clubs live n die by what their football departments do, not what decisions some anonymous suits make that deliberately favour one team over another.

Find a way to get and keep fans engaged – 7 Nation Army + Violinist … drink some of the Hindmarsh Kool-Aid … the Yellow Fever … but make fans want to be there.

Stop trying to manufacture things: let the clubs, coaches, players, fans, breathe life in to the competition.

This is a great season on the field. One of the best ever.

Macarthur spoil Irankunda's Adelaide farewell as 10-man Bulls survive last-gasp penalty in absolutely wild game

Okay then …

So, apparently there is a god …

S/he likes football …

And respects Fair Play …

1-2. Job Done.

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Yes he was selected.

Yes he declined to travel.

Yes he should be stood down.

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Unfortunately the under age group often play outside of international windows. Partly because they have more competitions.

What Aloisi learned out of that debacle was “don’t play youth” and within a year Roar went from having a low average age and giving youth a go to breaking records for the competitions oldest average age (which it took Graham Arnold to re-break – which was definitely his fault!).

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Too soon Football Fan, too soon 😔

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

So here we go then …
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The next time a young player is wanted by the national team but the club wants him not to go so engineer an excuse, he doesn’t go, and plays for the club instead.
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Realising how to get out of this, other clubs do the same, and suddenly the national teams are struggling.
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So in response, FA introduce a rule that says “if you’re called up for national duty you must go, if you don’t go then you can’t play for your club for the same duration as the call up” … they can prefix the rule with “yeah, I know we had the rule before but this time we really, really mean it”

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

I did too. But he was impressive to watch and has genuine potential.

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Well yes, Graham Arnold is of course Frank Lowy’s love child after all

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

I don’t

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Bahahahahahahaha

No, no … that didn’t happen.

He was asked

😂 😂

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Well said. A mess that didn’t need to be a mess.

Is there any football on this weekend??

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Personally I’m blaming Graham Arnold for this #ArnieOut

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Yeah, they are “rules” call them what you will.

The club v country debate is always an issue. FA can only enforce a call up within the international window (this isn’t and that will be Adelaide’s position) but by agreement with a competition it can be enforced … but if it’s optional then why would any A League club release a player if they didn’t have to?

How many A League clubs released players for this completion?

Common sense helps but as we know Australian football is short on that.

Personally I would go to Suncorp just to see him play in that last round … but in the unlikely event Roar miss finals (or City who released players) because he’s playing and Keegan is not the A Leagues reputation will again suffer.

Are we not over shooting ourselves in the foot with self-inflicted negative headlines??

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

I maybe should have prefaced that first paragraph with “many people believe …”

Normally, if a player declines a call up they and their club are told of the pending stand down. In this case that hasn’t happened do I would suggest FA/APL have no intention of enforcing one.

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

There is a protocol in place though: if you refuse a call up you can’t play.

If there are other issues in place that’s fine, but you still can’t play.

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Grem

If this were a SFC (or WSW, City or Victory) player I’ve no doubt they would be allowed to play.

In employee relations the thing that causes the most friction is a lack of procedural fairness – if FA (and APL in support) follow a fair procedure then the player is stood down.

But Adelaide can quite rightly argue, you wouldn’t do this for SFC/City/WSW/Victory!

(and most of us would believe they’re right).

And both Adelaide and APL have been advertising the farewell game for tonight and selling tickets off the back of it – if FA now do the right thing and stand him down you’re going to have a lot of annoyed fans in Adelaide.

If any one wonders why the A League struggles this is another example of their incompetence!

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Apart from using Roar as an example I was keen not to make this about BRFC.

But the point you make is a great example of the pitfalls awaiting this decision:

Roar and Adelaide meet in the last game of the regular season; Adelaide could play with their most influential player while Roar will be without one of theirs … ironically because he was called up to replace the Adelaide player who refused a call up.

It’s a recipe for disaster if Roar were to lose out on finals and this was seen as influential.

(For the non-Roar supporters here I think that’s an unlikely occurrence as so many results have to go Roars way, and then they have to win all three remaining games. Adelaide would need similar including a win away at Mariners. But it’s not impossible and if it eventuates it would be a PR disaster for the league … sound familiar, the league in a PR disaster?)

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

Several years ago, when John Aloisi was a lad, his Brisbane Roar side was monstering the A League when three in-form players (MacLaren, Borrello, & Brown) were called up for an U23’s “preparation tournament”. Not even a proper tournament, just friendlies.

The players missed three games in which Roar only picked up 2 out of 9 available points ultimately missing out on the Premiers Plate when they drew 0-0 away at Victory on the last day.

Those lost 7 points proving crucial for Aloisi’s side.

Roar protested these players call up but were told if they don’t travel with the U23’s, they can’t play.

They were, and are, the rules. A player declining selection, or faking injury, is typically stood down from playing.

That should be the case here (unfortunately) – the equal and consistent application of rules has been a central credibility problem for the league over the years.

Unfortunately the APL are hoping for a Sydney or Melbourne derby to save finals, but having this one star player in there would be a marketing bonus — so behind the scenes the APL will be lobbying for the opposite.

If he’s not stood down and he drives Adelaide to a finals place, the credibility of the competition comes in to question and supporters of the clubs missing out (WSW, City and possibly – but unlikely – Roar) could feel further disenfranchised from a competition that is struggling to retain its fans.

Naturally, Adelaide fans would be disappointed – but at least their disappointment can be offset by the consistent application of rules.

I’ve no doubt the FA/APL will stuff this up. If they haven’t already!

A-League clubs air grievances after Nestory Irankunda's shock snubbing of Olyroos duty

It’s your consistency that kills me 😱

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 24 - Sydney Derby takes centre stage and urgency for finals hopefuls

Nix 2, Victory 2 – hard to call this one but I recon this one where Nix’s drop more crucial points.

Radelaide 4, MacArthur 1 – I’ll buy in to the hope. The lonely cows have blown hot n cold all season so they can stay cold one more week.

WU 0, Scabs 3 – Mariners in a comfortable win in a stadium that is pin-drop quiet and wouldn’t look out of place in the NPL

Roar 2, Jets 1 – Jets will fancy themselves here but I’ll have to bet against them

Smurfs 4, WSW 1 – Rudan’s delight as he gets his backside served on a platter, again (but it’s not his fault of course)

City 3, Perff 2 – Can’t see the shy blues slipping up here

WU 1, Radelaide 3 – even worse atmosphere for a midweek game in the stadium in the middle of nowhere. But hey, size matters apparently

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 24 - Sydney Derby takes centre stage and urgency for finals hopefuls

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