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David Squires on … Robbie Fowler’s contribution to the A-League

Our cartoonist takes a look at the unsatisfactory conclusion to the Liverpool great’s time in AustraliaTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Condensed A-League season to hold a match nearly every day for a month

Fixture list confirmed for season restart on 16 JulyVenues for Victorian home games yet to be decidedA-League clubs know when they will be playing their remaining games of the 2019-20 season but several matches are yet to have a confirmed venue.The sch…

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Robbie Fowler’s A-League career ends as coach and Brisbane part ways

Liverpool great will not return for resumption of seasonAssistant Tony Grant also leaves clubRobbie Fowler’s time as Brisbane Roar coach is over, with the Liverpool great and the A-League club severing ties.Fowler’s future has been in doubt since he re…

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FFA strike deal with Fox Sports as A-League moves towards winter season

Revised contract reportedly worth about $32m to FFADeal agreed a month out from resumption of seasonThe remainder of the 2019-20 A-League season will be shown on Fox Sports after Football Federation Australia reached agreement on a reduced deal for the…

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Football Federation Australia confirms 16 July restart date for A-League

27 games in 28 days to complete regular seasonTalks ongoing with broadcaster Fox SportsThe A-League has become the final football code in Australia to confirm its return-to-play plans with 16 July targeted for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, alth…

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A-League stands firm against Fox Sports with restart on hold | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA, A-League clubs and the PFA are heading for a showdown with the broadcaster over the future of the professional gameA plan to conclude the A-League season has been announced by Football Federation Australia, A-League clubs and the players’ union. I…

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No football, no A-League grand final, no hype… but also no despair | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA CEO James Johnson is in a honeymoon period and the well-practised urge to despair about the state of the game is on hold for nowLast year’s grand final was the best-attended in A-League history and the buzz around the event breathed new life into f…

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Australian sport’s shaky financial foundations exposed by Covid-19 spotlight | Scott Heinrich

We thought sport in Australia was rich, but in reality it has been living pay cheque to pay chequeThe chickens they are a-roosting. Covid-19 has claimed many things in its dastardly travails – lives, jobs, a common sense of security – and it might well…

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Playing the waiting game: shutdown of sport is beginning to test patience | Jonathan Howcroft

Athletes and supporters are compelled to wait, with no guarantee of a satisfying resolutionWaiting and cricket go hand in glove. It is an instruction barked urgently as a defensive push scuttles towards a fielder. It is the next batter, padded up, visu…

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Give up on the W-League to keep A-League going? That’s just crazy | Samantha Lewis

Sydney FC’s chief executive believes the W-League should not become the A-League’s sacrificial lambAs Australian football continues to navigate the financial crisis that is the coronavirus, there are fears the W-League may be one of the first competiti…

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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…