Posts Tagged "National Soccer League"

Joe Gorman’s excellent article on South Melbourne’s attempts to buy into the A-League via the Melbourne Heart have raised some fascinating and spirited discussion on the legacy the National Soccer League (NSL).

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Sometimes moving forward is all about letting go of the past. We got a reminder of that at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Western Sydney Wanderers downed Perth Glory in the wet.

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It is an age-old debate. Is it called soccer? Is it called football? Just as importantly, does it even matter?

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The A-League is not the only football in this country. Football has been here for a long time and – in spite of constant dramas, setbacks and poor management – continues to be Australia’s largest participation football code.

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Battlelines are being drawn as A-League club owners unite in taking up arms against the game’s governing body, Football Federation Australia (FFA).

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Questions as to the location of a future A-League licence has been filling the blogosphere of late. However, we are asking the wrong questions.

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The million dollar question for Sydney’s football market is how more Sydneysiders can take to the A-League competition.

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Over the past few weeks, the governance of Australian football, specifically the struggles of the A-League and how to address them, have been hot topics amongst fans, bloggers and journalists.

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“The NSL was a better standard than the A-League.” That’s the verdict from Ljubo Milicevic, who started his professional career with NSL club the Melbourne Knights before racking up almost a half-century of appearances in the A-League with Melbourne Victory and the Newcastle Jets.

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1977 has gone down in the football history of Australia as the year that a giant, courageous step was taken. It was the year when football became a national club competition for the first time.

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The National Soccer League of Australia (NSL) was formed in 1977, soon after the euphoria of Australia qualifying for the first time ever for the World Cup finals held in West Germany in 1974.

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In October 2003, Frank Lowy appointed a taskforce to look at the reasons for the downfall of the National Soccer League. On this taskforce were many big names in the then “soccer” fraternity.

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Sydney Olympic played in the old National Soccer League (NSL), along with the other Australian and ethnic clubs, such as South Melbourne Hellas, Sydney Croatia and Marconi.

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