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Category: Football Federation Australia

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Adelaide United midfielder Ken Ilsø banned after positive cocaine test

Danish player awaits results of B testClub treating matter with the ‘utmost seriousness’Adelaide United midfielder Ken Ilsø has been provisionally suspended by Football Federation under its anti-doping policy.FFA confirmed the player returned a positiv…

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Football Federation Australia criticised for supporting Sheikh Salman’s re-election

Bahraini AFC president’s bid gets Australian backingHakeem al-Araibi demands answers from FFAA “shocked and disappointed” Hakeem al-Araibi has called on Football Federation Australia to justify its support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s bid for …

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‘My career is in tatters’: Alen Stajcic breaks silence on Matildas sacking

Former coach says he is considering legal actionClaims he still does not know why he was sackedAlen Stajcic has hit out at Football Federation Australia after his sacking as Matildas coach, saying his career is in tatters and his reputation ruined but …

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Hakeem al-Araibi: FFA cancels team trip to Thailand in support of refugee footballer

In first instance of sporting sanctions, Australia’s Under-23s Olyroos training trip cancelled amid outrage over Al-Araibi’s detention and extradition trialFootball Federation Australia has cancelled a planned Under-23s training trip to Thailand in the…

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Search for Matildas coach ramps up as Alen Stajcic mulls options

FFA to begin conducting interviews this weekStrong interest from ‘well credentialed coaches’Storm clouds around FFA’s decision to sack Matildas coach Alen Stajcic should bring their downpour within a week, as the jilted coach considers his options and …

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David Squires on … a forgettable week in Australian football

Australia’s exit from the Asian Cup and the shock sacking of the Matildas’ coach make for dark daysTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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FFA vice chair Heather Reid to step down for ‘indefinite leave’

Veteran football administrator and to step down this weekPioneer of women’s game reportedly cites personal reasonsFootball Federation Australia board member and vice chair Heather Reid has temporarily stood down, as the fallout from the sacking of Mati…

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Football Federation Australia ‘swamped’ by applicants for Matildas job

Details about Alen Stajcic’s sacking remain unknownChris Nikou says board’s decision was unanimousFootball Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou remains defiant on the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as the search for his successor gathers pa…

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Alen Stajcic: Matildas thank sacked coach for his advocacy for women’s game

Players release statement via Professional Footballers AustraliaSpecific reasons for Stajcic’s dismissal still withheld from publicSacked Australian football coach Alen Stajcic has received an endorsement from his former players. The Matildas released …

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FFA remains tightlipped over Alen Stajcic despite Matildas’ show of support

CEO David Gallop meets with senior players Majority of squad show support for sacked coachSenior members of the Matildas have met with David Gallop after expressing their disappointment at coach Alen Stajcic’s sacking, but Football Federation Australia…

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First test of new FFA board delivers an outcome in its own image | Richard Parkin

With financials a major consideration, the decision on A-League expansion appears an eminently sensible oneWith the announcement of Western Melbourne and Macarthur-South West Sydney as the two new A-League expansion clubs, we have our first real glimps…

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David Squires on … the departure of a legend and the FFA AGM

Our cartoonist reflects on a tumultuous week in Australian football, including the FFA AGMIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading…

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FFA’s new board has its work cut out establishing unity of purpose | Jonathan Howcroft

Election confirms power shift in Australian football but there are some uneasy bedfellows at top of football’s pyramid The reform of Football Federation Australia continued apace on Monday with the election of a new board and a new chair at a momentous…

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Chris Nikou named new Football Federation Australia chairman

Heather Reid named deputy chairSteven Lowy delivers no-holds barred final speechChris Nikou has been elected the new chairman of Football Federation Australia following the organisation’s AGM, as Steven Lowy bid farewell to the game he and his family h…

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Arnold makes Milligan Australia captain

Milligan honoured to lead the national sideHe succeeds Mile Jedinak as the skipper of the SocceroosHead Coach Graham Arnold today named Mark Milligan as the captain of Australia’s senior men’s national football team.Milligan, who has been capped 72 tim…

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FFA chair election offers hope of imperfect compromise | Richard Parkin

AAFC’s forum laid bare an uncomfortable fact for all to see: there is no perfect candidate in this election“This is not a game, it’s a mission.” Like a heat-seeking missile, Craig Foster’s entrance into Monday night’s community forum was as direct, as …

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Football Federation Australia AGM gears up for post-Lowy future

The timing of this AGM is essential because there is a yawning gap between the game’s leaders and grassrootsFootball Federation Australia hosts its 15th Annual General Meeting next Monday and it promises to be one of the most notable in the organisatio…

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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…