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‘It’s definitely real’: Newcastle Jets player tests positive to coronavirus

Player was tested before a pre-scheduled international flight‘He was fine, no symptoms,’ the Jets chief executive saidAn unnamed Newcastle Jets player has become the first professional footballer in Australia to test positive to Covid-19. The player, w…

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PFA threatens legal action after Perth Glory stand down A-League players

Glory owner Tony Sage describes move as ‘heartbreaking’PFA is demanding all players be reinstated immediatelyAustralia’s professional footballers’ union is demanding Perth Glory owner Tony Sage revoke the stand-down notices sent to the A-League club’s …

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David Squires on … the absence of the A-League for the foreseeable future

Our cartoonist on how Australia’s football community will cope during the coronavirus shutdownTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Wellington Phoenix player sorry for golf buggy joy ride while in quarantine

FFA investigating alcohol-related incident in SydneyAll Whites’ Tim Payne ‘incredibly embarrassed’Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team’s A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have l…

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A-League postponed as Australian sport grinds to a halt due to Covid-19

‘Heartbreaking’ decision to be reviewed on 22 AprilFFA hopes rest of season can be played at some stageThe A-League season has been postponed, bringing all top-level sport in Australia to a halt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Football Federati…

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The Fiver | Playing on behind closed doors in the world’s largest prison yard

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Perhaps because they live down under, where day is night and night is day and everywhere is incredibly far a flamin’ away, Australians might think they’ve nothing to worry about when it comes to corona…

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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Like listening to music with no bass: the experience of playing in an empty stadium | Kyah Simon

Fans are a huge part of sport and players feed off the atmosphere they create; winning the W-League title behind closed doors was surrealThe biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of was at the Rio Olympics in 2016. It was a quarter-final against Braz…

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On the horns of a dilemma – finding an A-League exit plan | Richard Parkin

The coronavirus has been called a ‘100 year’ threat – FFA has just days to respond to itOn Sunday afternoon AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan delivered a hammer blow to the code’s fans across the country – just one week into the season the country’s biggest spo…

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On the horns of a dilemma – finding an A-League exit plan | Richard Parkin

The coronavirus has been called a ‘100 year’ threat – FFA has just days to respond to itOn Sunday afternoon AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan delivered a hammer blow to the code’s fans across the country – just one week into the season the country’s biggest spo…

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AFL suspends season and cancels AFLW amid coronavirus crisis

All matches called off until 31 MayAFLW season ends without a premiership awardedNRL and A-League under pressure to followFollow the latest coronavirus updates hereThe 2020 AFL season has been postponed after just one round and the AFLW competition can…

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The show goes on for football in Australia but at what cost? | Samantha Lewis

In prioritising the local football community, FFA runs the risk of de-prioritising the global community that the game is inextricably part of“How can we keep the sport alive?”This question, asked by FFA CEO James Johnson at a press conference on Monday…

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Football to continue in Australia amid coronavirus crisis but behind closed doors

W-League grand final to go ahead next weekendRemainder of A-League season gets green lightFootball in Australia will continue despite fears over the spread of the coronavirus, but the remainder of the A-League season and next weekend’s W-League grand f…

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Time for perspective after an A-League round that was anything but routine

The ramifications of coronavirus on the A-League are worsening by the day, with games moving into lockout mode from next weekendIf this had been a routine round of A-League action this column would be all about the 69th minute of Melbourne City’s 1-1 d…

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Sportwatch: Sydney into W-League grand final, Pies win big in AFLW, NRL, Super Rugby, and more – as it happened

Cricket: Australia v NZ ODI series cancelled W-League semi-final: Melbourne Victory 0-1 Sydney FCNRL: Souths pip Sharks; Knights hammer WarriorsAFLW: Big wins for Pies and SaintsSuper Rugby: Blues and Crusaders triumph on tough day for NZ 8.29am GMT Th…

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Australia v New Zealand ODI series called off as more sports face cancellation

Three-match ODI series abandoned after one gameNRL, Super Rugby and A-League seasons also in doubt after New Zealand’s new coronavirus measures.The NRL, Super Rugby and A-League seasons are on the verge of being shutdown following the New Zealand gover…

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David Squires on … the Central Coast Mariners’ fading star

Our cartoonist takes a look at the struggling A-League club destined for another wooden spoonTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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David Squires … on toilet tissue and panic buying in the A-League

Our cartoonist takes a look at the response of football in Australia to a deadly pandemicTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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‘Finally bearing fruit’ – collaboration paves the way for A-League fairytales | Richard Parkin

Player development and transfers are at the heart of a reconfiguration of Australian footballIt was a football fairytale. A local kid rising through the ranks at his hometown club, scoring a first senior goal 75 seconds into his debut.As his team flagg…