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Category: Football Federation Australia

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‘A terrible position’: A-League clubs and players reach impasse over pay deal | Simon Hill

After players rejected a new CBA offer talks are in deadlock and the impact on the game in Australia could be severeTo say A-League players did it tough to get the domestic season completed is akin to saying Harry Kewell had the merest hint of talent. …

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Football in Australia is doomed to be a marginal sport unless its leaders show vision | Simon Hill

After many false dawns, football in Australia must finally realise its vast potential by learning from past failuresTo understand the latest existential crisis facing football in Australia, one must start at its genesis, which strangely coincided with …

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Three teams stranded in Melbourne as A-League establishes NSW hub

Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, and Western United failed to make it into NSW before the border closureFFA applying for an exemption from the NSW government Follow live updates in Tuesday’s Australia coronavirus blogThe resumption of the A-League se…

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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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‘Disrespectful’: Australia disappointed by English snub in Women’s World Cup bid

FA voted as a Uefa block for rival Colombian bid‘I actually don’t find it very funny,’ says FFA chiefThe English FA’s decision to snub the trans-Tasman Women’s World Cup bid has been labelled disrespectful by FFA chief executive James Johnson.Despite s…

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Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand

Joint bid for 2023 tournament to be decided this week and would offer chance of soft diplomacyAustralia and New Zealand’s push to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup could result in diplomatic gains with China and other Asian countries, and long-term trade…

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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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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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Sport in Australia will survive Covid-19 but those currently in charge might not | Geoff Lemon

Whatever happens on the far side, professional sport cannot come back pretending it’s as important as when it left now that we’ve seen a world without itCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor a while when the coronavirus first …

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Clubs run on the smell of an oily rag face tough times as coronavirus hits community sport | Scott Heinrich

The lifeblood of Australian sport is suffering in silence, waiting for word from above and fearful of the futureAustralia coronavirus blog for live news and updatesSign up for Coronavirus: Australia at a glance, our daily email newsletterCoronavirus Au…

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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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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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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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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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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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Phil Moss survives the sack to burnish golden generation of Australian coaches | Jonathan Howcroft

The former Mariners boss knew he would one day get the chop, but he’s turned it into a day that could have a lasting, positive effect on football in AustraliaPhil Moss was prepared for the sack before he was ever appointed a head coach. “I’ll never for…

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David Squires on … an easy start to life for the FFA’s new chief executive

Our cartoonist looks at James Johnson’s chances of solving the myriad problems facing football in AustraliaTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…