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Category: Football Federation Australia

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FFA narrows A-League expansion bid field to six applicants

Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride bids cast asideTwo successful applicants to be announced in NovemberWollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC have failed in their bids to win an A-League licence after Football Federation Australia narrowed the field t…

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FFA chairman Steven Lowy walks away from football – report

Lowy says he will not seek re-election after losing patience with the protracted battle over governance of the game in AustraliaFootball Federation Australia’s chairman, Steven Lowy, has sensationally announced he will not seek re-election, potentially…

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Just how close is Australia to being suspended by Fifa? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is a doomsday scenario but faced with another FFA failure to pass reform the stakes are rising fast “Welcome to day one of the 20-day PR war.” That was the foreboding message I received last Wednesday by someone close to the latest chapter in Austra…

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FFA confirms opposition to Fifa-recommended congress changes

Four state federations standing in way of proposalsSteven Lowy denies FFA pressured stakeholders Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has confirmed his board is opposed to “crucial aspects” of a report handed down by a Fifa-backed working…

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A-League: Brisbane Strikers withdraw expansion bid amid financial concerns

Strikers boss Bruce Dinsdale cited issues with FFA processBidders concerned about lack of financial dividendsThere are 15 consortium bidding to join the A-League but National Soccer League winners Brisbane Strikers won’t be one of them after pulling ou…

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Women Onside: the group pushing for gender equity in Australian football leadership

FFA must elect a new congress, but no women have been invited onto that working groupHeather Reid was the CEO of the ACT football federation (known as Capital Football) for 12 years. She was the first woman to lead an Australian state football associat…

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Socceroos to face Syria, Palestine, Jordan in Asian Cup group stage

Draw sees top-seeded Australia avoid regional powerhouses of Japan, South Korea and Iran in group phaseGraham Arnold’s Socceroos will face familiar foes in their defence of the Asian Cup at next year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates.The draw fo…

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Fifa to appoint independent chair to lead FFA reform

Eight-member panel tasked with solving governance crisis State federations, A-League, PFA and FFA representedAn independent chairperson will lead an eight-member panel that has been tasked by Fifa with fixing the broken governance structures of Footbal…

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Fifa flexes muscles in Australian football’s governance saga | Jonathan Howcroft

The world governing body has established its authority but we wait to see if Fifa 2.0 really existsWe still don’t know how Australian football’s civil war will end, but we now know Fifa will orchestrate its conclusion. “Fifa will now decide on the term…

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Governance crisis: Fifa talks to step up with A-League clubs and states

Delegation in Sydney to force democratic reformClubs and member federations to meet on WednesdayAustralian football’s protracted civil war is set to enter volatile territory when A-League clubs and state member federations push their cases to Fifa. Aft…

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Van Marwijk’s Socceroos appointment shows lack of long-term direction

The Dutchman has no incentive to invest in the future of Australian footballBert van Marwijk made a solid first impression as Socceroos coach last week. He lobbied persuasively for his career to be appraised without such laser beam focus on the notorio…

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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World Cup qualification to FFA crisis: Australian football’s ‘weird’ year

Postecoglou’s legacy is unclear and the A-League in decline, but evolution of FFA is an opportunity to alter the status quo2017 was a weird year for Australian football. It was the best of times and it was the worst of times, occasionally simultaneousl…

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David Squires on … Australian football’s Christmas wish list

Our resident cartoonist takes a look at what gifts might be sent over the festive period, including a Graham Arnold action figureTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More details here Con…

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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the second Sydney derby of the seasonGet in touch with Jonathan by email or Twitter 9.15am GMT 16 min: Big job now for this unfamiliar Wanderers outfit to claw the game back against the champions. Bonevacia thinks he’s up to the task, taki…

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It’s been a long time coming, but Fifa intervention means FFA change is on the way

Opting for a body consensual in nature but under Fifa/AFC direction, resolution should occur with minimum of damageIt feels somewhat perverse to praise Fifa’s acumen during a week in which its handling of Russia has re-alerted the football community to…

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FFA and Lowy avoid sack as Fifa extends football peace talks

Fifa was widely expected to recommend Lowy and his board be removed and a normalisation committee be installedFootball Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has avoided the sack and a Fifa takeover of the local game after the world governing body a…

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In football’s best interests for Fifa to intervene in FFA crisis

After two years of failure to resolve the governance crisis, Lowy’s suggestion of further meditation is fancifulLater on Monday, in a conference room in Zurich, the 19 representatives of Fifa’s Member Associations Committee will gather to sift through …

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Socceroos and Matildas face nervy wait for Fifa decision on FFA crisis

Fifa intervention could have ramifications for Australian national sidesWorld governing body set to take over after FFA plans for reform rejectedThe Socceroos and Matildas will be watching nervously for Fifa’s next move amid the unlikely but alarming p…