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“ Hopefully Charlie Austin can give Brisbane a lift on the field”

Amen 👍

If you need star quality to attract fans, the new A-League season is off to a good start

Goodwin was average mast season. A good signing for Adelaide but he needs to rediscover his form

If you need star quality to attract fans, the new A-League season is off to a good start

Why?

Players develop in training as well as in games, and those Aussie players who do make it on the park will benefit from playing better (visa) players so accelerating development.

If you need star quality to attract fans, the new A-League season is off to a good start

The most likely explanation for the FA not explaining Stajics departure, is the likelihood that a section of the past/current playing group would have to be thrown under the bus as well.

It remains a stain on footballs record, as does the nature of Anges departure, and it’s no coincidence that the FA chose to get rid of two coaches who didn’t quite fit the subservient mould and replaced them with lesser coaches.

The reality is that the world does move on and new competitive challenges emerge – but it’s also true that with Stajic (and Ange) at the helm the teams would have been better placed to meet those emerging challenges had they have been given the necessary support, instead of bumbling forwards with lesser replacements.

Football, not AFL/NRL/BBL/Rugby/Murdoch, remains its own worst enemy and seems incapable of working together for the benefit of the sport. The national
administration has always been poor at that, but so too the States, and even the clubs themselves, and the APL looks increasingly like a “mini-me” version of Gallops FFA run for the benefit of the few not the many!

The only really question today: has anything actually changed or maybe, can anything ever change?

The Filipinas love coach Alen Stajcic, so why didn’t Football Australia?

I’ll have what he’s smoking’

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

The “perception” that the AL is rubbish though is not caused by these games, granted it can reinforce stereotypes though.
If anything, the two games that involved ALM clubs have demonstrated positive reviews of Roar and Victory.
The “perception” issue is the problem – that comes back to properly running & marketing the competition. Over to you APL?

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

“ these matches hurt the sport locally more than people realise”

Not sure whether they do or don’t.

This is the first year that football gets all the contact details of people who purchase tickets – from corporate to the peanut galleries.

If that’s 30,000 new contact details well it’s good news IF they can use them properly – but APL have yet to prove they can market this competition (10 doing a good job on game coverage mind you – even though ALM/ALW promo is missing, but that might follow?)

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

Cracked Record:

The APL should stop asking people to support ALM and start giving them reasons to support the competition.

It’s becoming tiresome – the APL have to step up and own this, starting with fair & reasonable fixtures this week.

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

41,000 for Leeds/Villa

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

The balance of playing each other snd playing A League sides is about right – this also forms part of their pre-season so they need a mix of opponents.

The only way to beat the Eurosnobs is by supporting the A-Leagues

“ Football in Australia from the age of 15 years loses many potentially great players to other sports codes”

It actually doesn’t. Football retains its participation dominance at all ages.

Although you are correct that the drop off starts at the mid teen age (normally at 16, then again at 18) – this is not caused by “cost” in my experience although there’s no doubt that’s a factor, the main reason is school – particularly where parents start to focus their kids on Y11 – and U18’s is historically where kids transition from junior to senior section within clubs.

This transition means going from clubs being able to put out 5 or 6 U16 teams to playing in competitions where they’re lucky if they can enter more than two U18 teams so 80+ players can’t fit in to U18’s, worse still 18’s is a two year eligibility so maybe half stay on a second year.

The churn here is huge.

We track where our players go when they leave – the biggest loss is players giving up sport altogether, the next biggest loss is to other football clubs.

Those that stay in sport, looking at our data over five years, we lose them (a handful) to Athletics, Volleyball and swimming. Over that period we have lost zero players to AFL, NRL and Union (for similar reasons to football you have to be half decent to play senior sports).

It’s interesting that cost is always thrown up – at community level cost is comparable between codes (football is often not the most expensive) it’s at development level where costs jump from $300 to thousands that the issues arise.

For Australian football, the times they are a changin’

“… could raise the value of some squads to between $4 and $5 million dollars“ – add a bit more to that Stuart, several clubs operate at that level already and pre-COVID that level was relatively normal with some going even higher.

By the time you take in to account the player loyalty bonus which for some clubs adds an extra $500-$750k to the “cap”, the two marquees (and now an additional “exempt” player) it’s easy to see some squads wage bill over $5m and well over that figure if one of the big names is landed.

It’s good to see some positivity around the competitions – a year late maybe but this season is certainly setting up to be the year the competition has to bounce back.

Charlie Austin & Danzaki are huge ticks in the box for Roar supporters – the question is now Stienmann: does he stay or go?

For Australian football, the times they are a changin’

Ha Ha

“A League North”

😂

WSW junior Mark Natta heads to the Newcastle Jets

Nice article.

Let’s be honest though, young players need to be prepared to move to find game time. Especially when their club is in a bit of turmoil as wanderers clearly have been (and probably will still be while Rudan is there).

WSW junior Mark Natta heads to the Newcastle Jets

I don’t disagree there’s many things unpalatable about how this decision came about but we have to be very careful, white colonists are used to setting the rules and the rest of the world is getting a bit fed up with what they see as “double standards”.

The WC used to bounce between Europe and South America/Mexico – when fifa proposed moving the Cup around all confederations these two blocks opposed the move, but football is surely better off for world cups on North America, Africa and Asia?

The only way this location makes sense is on that basis – the Middle East has constantly been overlooked and presumably fifa were desperate to get a WC in to the region — presumably at any cost?

It's a joke that FIFA preach diversity but then allow a World Cup in Qatar

No WC in America then – Abortion rights.

No WC in Australia – Aboriginal rights.

I’ll stop there, but you get the point.

It's a joke that FIFA preach diversity but then allow a World Cup in Qatar

I was thinking Victory will have to be at home if they sign a big marquee

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

Let me hazard a guess at R1 fixtures:

SFC v WSW – New stadium/Ninko
Victory v MacArthur – as long as Vuck are at home
Roar v Western Utd – Suncorp + JA gloating.
Nix v Glory – big crowd
CCM v Jets – big crowd
Adelaide v City

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

They can’t just “create a franchise” (as the AL did way back when) and drop in a Womens team ala Angel City FC — although there’s a lot they can learn from their marketing.

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

“The missing AIS is hurting Canberra particularly” …. It’s not hurting other clubs because they have ACADEMIES

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

Pro/Rel doesn’t feature in the discussion over Womens football in the same way it does for mens however to be a Football Club you have to have Women, Mens & Junior teams – this is not AFL, NRL, or BBL we are talking about.

So the creation of a “franchise” is not desirable unless it intends to become a full blow football club.

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

Arnie’s in charge – surely we only need to break for a week?

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

You can’t keep all your academy players. Adams has gone for the money and will likely be playing NPL this time next season.

Have any youngsters left roar for victory snd kicked on? (Acton maybe?)

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

Roar were too young this year, not that it was an age factor necessarily more that the senior players were often out of form

So a couple of 30+ signings is fine but I do worry if they are serious about Zullo and Kruze that they might be, err, overreacting

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

Lescano played 20 games for Roar, no injury concerns with him

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

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