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I didn’t get to the final 😢 but, I too was one of the 2.5 – 3K fans that attended regular games. Me and my half a dozen 14 year old mates would be there most weeks chasing Thor around, ready to storm the pitch on that final whistle and collect the signatures of players we didn’t even know the names of. No internet back there to learn the squad, and we didn’t have the extra few dollars to buy the programs. Mum or dad would pick us up afterwards and we would never tell of the antics we got up to when no one was watching…… Good times!

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

But wellington is the APL. Correct me if I am wrong but the APL is a collective of owners that administer the game on behalf of the owners?? I assume that means the gate coin may not go directly into the pockets of each individual club, but is centralised and then spent on really well thought out, quality and well executed initiatives….. Like Keep Up.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

especially when so many fans in Australia support multiple codes or sports. they may have only attended 1 A League match for the season as WAZ said above, but most of them also would have attended a Bullets game, a Firebirds game, a Broncos game, Lions, Heat……. Australia is a unique sporting landscape. We generally love sports, and unless you are a “rusted on tragic”, most people will support many of them.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

Or give all registered Brisbane youth players a free ticket to one game per year. Some-one has to bring them and pay the admission….. right?

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

And watch the Qld gvt ignore the need for another football stadium. Womens World Cup, Olympics and Asian Cup. How many more events do they want to ignore before they build what is needed. Probably see another poorly “revamped” Ballymore for that tournament.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

“An Impressive Brisbane Roar”……. now that is a phrase I have not heard for a long time….a long time.

Sydney FC do not deserve to be in A-League Grand Final, yet still have a chance - and that should worry Mariners

Knowing he was available… and the Roar without a permanent coach until recently…. I am glad we stuck with Zadkovic.

Kisnorbo goes from French farce to All Stars comeback

“He is only 25” very soon will turn into “he is approaching 30”. Time is running out for him to really show us what he can (or can’t) do.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

If she loves it so much she would have included a full redevelopment of Perry Park upgrading it to a football specific venue prior to the WWC and the all too fast approaching Olympics. I think they got new “state of the art” dressing rooms….what ever that means…….0h, and a statue which I have seen yet.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

I still like Redcliffe. I find it sad and disappointing schlepping into Suncorp just to see bank after bank of empty seats. (Throws the grenade and ducks for cover).

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

I still like Redcliffe. I find it sad and disappointing schlepping into Suncorp just to see bank after bank of empty seats. (Throws the grenade and ducks for cover).

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

Ha. I am not sure SS would be happy with another East Coast focused event.

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

Shame! He looked better in Orange than Navy.

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

I am sure those boys are all lovely, but as a Qlder I will reserve the right to detest any team in skyblue…Just…, well…, Because.

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

Money in the coffers is great, but does anyone know how much it cost an A League team to compete in AFC? Overall, did they make money??

Mariners strike gold in the Middle East with history-making AFC Cup triumph

But the NPL academies already run alongside the A league ones. Training 3-4 nights a week with fully qualified coaches headed up by an audited and approved program run by the qualified TD under the Aus curriculum. They have sport scientists and physios, track player data……The only real difference was that The roar were able to pick the best of all the NPL players for their squad, so the level of play would have been higher at the A league academy. But that would be no different from an MLS academy compared to the MLS next club. I am not having a go at you here mid. I have 3 boys all involved at NPL FQ1 level. One in the FQ academy. I am very interested in all things youth development and find a better way to support my boys. Perhaps I just misunderstand the concept???? But NPL training is a good level. Especially when FQ have a very promising elite pathway running alongside that not only identify top talent around the state but then coach them regularly, track their progress and maturation upto ag16 giving A league clubs and national selectors detailed knowledge of the best 100-150 player in each age group (14-16 I think) when it comes to selection time. If your plan can do all that and be free or at least lower cost, I am all for it. But with Aleague clubs skint, I fail to see who pays for this other than the parents again??

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

I would 100% agree that the youth system (at least on Qld) seems to be on the right track. FQ have done a good job (albeit painful in process) to shuffle the football landscape over the last couple of years to create a connected working Football pyramid. Again, sometimes their decision making and execution leave a little to be desired, but I think they have a solid vision of their elite pathways. The kids are phenomenally good at FQ1 level, especially when you then see FQ’s TSP (Academy) in action. Holy Moley, those kids have skills. Good players are being produced at a high rate, but I think you are right Waz, with lack of funding and resources compared to the rest of the world, it will never be enough until real investment is made into these kids. I also feel the priorities in coaching (possession at all costs) is stifling those real “X factor” players that make the difference at international and tournament level. All countries can keep possession, or play disciplined enough to keep the goals out, what we need are players willing to run at the opposition, break the line and force opponents to break structure and scramble. We dont have too many of those anymore.

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

I might add to this, that my oldest boy is involved in this set up (u15) and the concept is really good. Sometimes the execution leaves something to be desired, but the framework is solid. I can see how this system benefits both the kids aiming for the elite end of football, as well as Bne Roar and in turn Joeys, Olyroos and Socceroos. A great way to deal with the geographical nature of the state of QLD too. I would add though, it is still a “user pays” system only available to the kids who parents can afford it. And costs went up….substantially this year!

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

Sorry Mid, but I dont see how this is different to the current set up. Other than the fact that the A League clubs dont contribute to the costs of juniors (understandabley as they struggle to keep themselves afloat). We have a local A League team, lets say the Roar. Then you have 10 FQ1 clubs in Brisbane (which are all NPL clubs with strict rules on high coaching levels, back room staff, curriculum and training plans….In fact we had an FQ rep out at our club last night assessing our club’s acadmey training practices) producing talent that the Roar can keep tabs on. Other than getting the Roar to connect more with the clubs and get to know the player by sending out their coaches regularly, I dont really see the difference?? Am I missing something? I would also say that I was sceptical when the Rosr dropped their youth program, but can see how that now fits better with FQs talent ID program, Which in concept I really like. Being that football is a world of “who you know” Having A League clubs run their own Football Academies I feel excludes a great number of kids that may be late bloomers, as teams generally close up shop around under 13 or 14 not seriously looking at bringing in new players. If you dont get selected at age 13 for an A League academy, they are far less likely to consider you at 15 or 16. (same with NPL clubs I might add).

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

I suppose that is where the regular annual auditing would come in. You would have to show where those funds are going.

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

This has been the problem with Arzani for years though. He keep showing potential but never follows through with consistency or takes that next step forward. At what point does potential and “could be” become underachieving and “never was”. I reckon he must be pretty close to that line by now.

An avalanche of goals but still some clean sheets to end the season: The A-League players who were the difference in Round 26

Nice little mention on ABC this morning of JMac’s departure from the A League and his goal scoring records.

An avalanche of goals but still some clean sheets to end the season: The A-League players who were the difference in Round 26

Assuming Mileusnic goes, Ben seems like a “no brainer” replacement on the right wing. Nikoli only producing 5 goals and 5 assists across 26 appearances with Ben achieving the same goal contributions in 22 appearances this year for the Reds. I hope the possibility of a homecoming might pull a little more out of him as I assume he would be aiming to wind up his career where it started with some kind of legacy. For a club crying out for a relatable identity and a way to connect with past fans that have left the club, a nod to the “good ole days” through Halloran might be another very small piece in the puzzle for the Roar next season.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 26 - the jostle for finals positions is on in earnest

Ibusuki’s conversion rate cant be any lower than the strikers we have had at the Roar for the last 3 or 4 years. Not sure we have had one player crack double digits in that time. I think he would look good in orange. As would Zawada mind you.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 26 - the jostle for finals positions is on in earnest

Why have the owners of the other clubs that don’t have members on the APL board not demanded answers? It seems there is a small group of 4 or so clubs (I don’t know the exact numbers) that make the decisions for all the clubs. If I was a club owner not on the board of the APL, I would be calling for heads to roll. But nothing????? I am sure they a not impressed to continually see their personal fortunes squandered by bad decisions within their own ranks.

APL's spin doctoring insults Australian football fans' intelligence - and might well be the last straw

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