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It’s a fair point you make on the number of games, that becomes crucial if they condense the season.

However you fail to account for City’s natural desire to choke and Jamie MacLaren’s inability to score in big games.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Fox Sports are broadcasting next season.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Not really, City fir example are at best the 4th best side in the competition at the moment.

The Plate is SFC’s for sure but the Grand Final, based on form and ignoring the current disruption which may have a big influence, is between any one of the three form teams in the Comp – SFC, Nix and Roar.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

The two best sides in the A-League and most likely to figure in the Grand Final are Nix and Roar Stuart. You need to get out more …. literally 😁

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Football should NOT implement any AFL models.

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

There’s is nothing to fear from scrapping the cap. Only SFC and City would have unlimited dollars to spend.

Victory would be the hardest hit – under the cap they attract players for the same wage or less that other clubs offer based on the experience of playing for the biggest supporter club. That ends when the cap is gone.

All the rest will have to find a way to compete which will likely mean better youth development and better visa recruiting.

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

Correct. And in another article he did say Optus would be interested in the HAL “should it become available”.

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

Thankfully the amount of money actually going to the HAL is lower than the often reported $57m/year.

Fox Sports recently paid a fourth quarterly instalment of just under $12m suggesting they annual rights fee is just under $48m, of that $6m goes to the FFA for international friendlies leaving $42m to fund the HAL …. and the hundreds of unnecessary staff at FFA HQ of course.

If that number falls significantly the clubs are reasonably well insulated because they don’t rely upon it to run their operations – all of the money they get goes towards player salaries, travel, W-League and Y-League which is where any cuts will be felt.

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

It doesn’t matter how many times you face the same opponent. In some (European) countries you can face the same team 4 times in the league, once in the league cup, and twice in the National (FA) Cup competition …. its a made up excuse we play each other too much.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

Another article assuming that a team can be created and a successful “derby” will automatically be created.

Wanderers worked but they were an exception – western Sydney had a clear identity, there was a long standing history of football in the community that wasn’t being served by a team from the east of the city, and there’s even an argument that the West should have been home to the first Sydney team in the HAL.

In short Western Sydney was ripe for a team, but those conditions don’t exist anywhere else in the country. Heart proved that, Western Utd emphasised that, and it will be interesting to see what MacArthur can do but most likely something similar.

And in Brisbane there is no “unfulfilled gap in the market” as there was for Wanderers. There’s certainly hope amongst certain clubs that they could be the next expansion team (Strikers, City) but nothing clubs struggle along with crowds barely counted in the hundreds; and there’s a belief amongst some that a North v South rivalry could work – and it might have, if the HAL were set up that way from season 1 …. but they didn’t and Roar have support from all corners.

It would even help if there was an NPL Queensland club pushing hard with crowds in that competition, but there isn’t – the team with the biggest support in NPLQ is Brisbane Roar who average just over a thousand per game, other clubs are lucky to get half of that on a good day.

Looking further south, Gold Coast Knights and Gold Coast United look to be creating something special. This time it’s “organic” and community based, not Clive Palmer top-down ‘my-way-or-the-Highway’ stuff.

Is Brisbane/QLD ready for a second team? Unfortunately not this decade imo, we’re not near ready for it and would present a new side as woeful as Western Utd.

Hopefully this current crisis ends thinking as exhibited in this article – new clubs must come from the community they’re in, they must have an existing support base that will stay loyal to the club irrespective of the results. That type of club can’t be created out of thin air or as part of some FFA Marketing strategy – the only way it will come is through pro/rel and ideally a national second division.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

Glad you went with Jamie Young; the rest of Australia tends to underrate him but he is one of the best goalkeepers this competition has ever seen.

Honourable mention to Scott MacDonald too, when he was signed back to the A-League I wasn’t overly impressed but watching him at Roar he is living proof that class is permanent!

Forming an A-League team using one player from each club

The football is still the football whether it’s at Dolphin or Suncorp.

People in Australia have got caught up in the peripheral elements of sport rather than the sport itself. If people need big crowds then it’s simple, go follow the AFL because it’s not the sport you’re after.

When the A-League eventually returns the world, country and sport will be in crisis and the code will need every supporter it can to survive. Despite the backdrop of a crisis that threatens the very existence of the league, we’ve got supposed “supporters” saying they won’t lend their support due to lack of a crowd – for crying out loud, are these people on the same planet as the rest of us??

They need calling out for it. There’s no excuse to desert your code in time of crisis – we need to be better than that imo!

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

I can watch a game with one man and his dog watching, or 100,000.
Plastic fans need a crowd – real football people don’t.

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

Apparently so. No break in September though, that becomes “preseason”.

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

Well it looks like Adelaide will be finishing the season with only 16 adult players so let’s hope the mighty George Blackwood is firing come finals time 😁

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

All Roar visa players are in place, I think SFC and City are the same.

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

Adelaide are going to struggle a bit then, without their visa players.

A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

Agree. Having sides with a good defensive structure will – in time – improve the attacking play as sides seek to overcome the defence.

The Tracker: Ball watching in the A-League, Part 1

They’re talking about starting the season in october as planned, the tv contract is apparently pretty specific on that. My guess would be:

August – current season finishes

September – abridged FFA Cup Comp

October – new season start.

A-League prepares for August return

It’s going to be an odd finish to this season which will forever have an * next to the year.

It will finish off more like an FA Cup replay away to tooting & mitchem on a wet & windy Wednesday in January than a league competition.

SFC will still be favourites but the chasing pack of City, Nix, Roar, and Glory will all have lost momentum on what was building to be an outstanding finals series.

A-League prepares for August return

Utter nonsense. This is the football equivalent of visiting soccer teams kicking a Sherrin for attention. It’s not happening.

Does Australia hold the key to the rest of the EPL season?

It is.

But you’d need to attend a clubs AGM (or see the report) to see where the club portion of the fees goes.

It’s not clear whether those NPL clubs subsidising first team player payments are transparent on what portion of the junior registration fee goes to the first team costs.

The football community is its own worst enemy – but it doesn't have to be

Fees vary according to the level your kid is in, and the level of the club itself.

A development squad position will cost more than a lower divisional position.

And fees at an NPL club will cost more than a community club.

$2,000 is NOT a standard fee. That’s the cost of putting a player though an NPL development squad. Fees at the same club for divisional places – though still expensive – will be a fraction of that.

A community club will charge maybe $600 for top team development and half that for divisional squads.

The football community is its own worst enemy – but it doesn't have to be

It’s AFL that’s got the crowd trouble lol

The football community is its own worst enemy – but it doesn't have to be

The difference in spending the minimum 90% ($2.9m) and spending the full cap plus concessions plus marquee/exempt players is way more than $1-$1.5m, more like $3m ….
The cap plus con sessions varies by club but can easily allow a club to spend $4m “under the cap” then add in one marquee on $1m and the gap is easily over $2m even before the second marquee is considered.

FFA chief admits he can't say if all A-League clubs will survive