Football in Australia: as big as it’s going to get? | Paul Connolly

Kicking off a special series on the state of the game in Australia, Paul Connolly investigates whether, after a season that struggled to deliver on its early promise, football can still aspire to be the No1 sport in Australia

Back in early October, when the world hung on two momentous decisions – the one soon to face American voters, the other tormenting a 10-year-old Sydney schoolboy named Yoshi – the 2016-17 A-League season bolted from the gates as if slapped on the rump.

Boosted by an A-League record crowd of 61,880 at the Sydney derby, round one saw the highest single-round attendance (106,365) in A-League history and David Gallop was understandably delighted. Knowing a spruiking opportunity when he sees one, Football Federation Australia’s CEO predicted the momentum would continue into round two with Tim Cahill’s long-awaited, much-discussed A-League debut for City in the Melbourne derby.

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