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  1. Aaron Mooy

  2. A-league expansion

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/a-league/teams/adelaide/the-10-aleague-clubs-have-rejected-football-federation-australias-expansion-plans/news-story/bd1ac1a506dcec0f1cc3f47ce3f27c15 "The 10 A-League clubs have rejected Football Federation Australia’s expansion plans Val Migliaccio, Soccer Writer, The Advertiser March 29, 2018 5:58pm THE 10 A-League clubs have rejected Football Federation Australia’s expansion plans after the governing body excluded its member clubs from consultation. Australian Professional Football Clubs Association chairman Greg Griffin contacted FFA chief executive David Gallop on behalf of the clubs claiming the conduct of FFA is “completely unacceptable”. Griffin said the timing of the announcement, while FIFA is driving reform to expand FFA’s congress without consulting the 10 clubs, made little sense. The Advertiser has seen the letter from APFCA addressed to Gallop with the A-League member clubs and FFA’s board also Cc’d in an email. “Until the FIFA/AFC (Asian Football Confederation) governance reforms are articulated and implemented we would counsel you that the administration and board of FFA should not be undertaking any such action having regard to the fact that they are now essentially in a ‘caretaker’ mode,’’ Griffin said in the letter. “APFCA puts you on notice that it does not accept the legitimacy of the process, whatever that may have been, adopted by FFA administration and the FFA board to expand the A-League competition. “APFCA takes great exception to the process that FFA has embarked upon in respect to expansion of the A-League competition which process has been undertaken without any formal consultation of both the APFCA membership and the PFA (Professional Footballers Australia — the players union). “To proceed in this manner is to act in complete conflict with the current governance reform process. “APFCA under these circumstances will reject any position purported to be put in place by FFA on any expansion of the A-League until such time as there has been proper consultation of, and engagement with, the stakeholders of the professional game APFCA and PFA.” FFA on Thursday publicly released plans to expand to 12 A-League clubs by the start of the 2019/20 season, calling for expressions of interest by May 24 this year."
  3. A-league expansion

    I'm looking forward to seeing the shortlist. It will certainly provide an insight into the thinking or lack thereof at FFA headquarters.
  4. The road to the 2018 WC

    I for one look forward to cheering on the FIFA athletes from Australia.
  5. RD 21: Glory v City, Saturday Feb 24 10pm

    Staying on brand, nice. Hyundai will be impressed.
  6. City Football Group (CFG) [Owner of Melbourne City]

    How many responses have you had from each of the CFG clubs? For what it's worth, I filled it in during a slow work day.
  7. A-league expansion

    1. $ 2. Just wait til they invariably play 5-6 home games a year at WIN Stadium, to "bring the game to Wollongong".
  8. Rd20 vs Sydney @ AAMI 10/2 7.50pm

    YouTube is normally pretty good. I'm watching the Miami TV YouTube channel in HD (ish).
  9. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Harry Kewell is up for Manager of the month in League Two. He has Crawley Town 6 points outside the playoffs.
  10. Bruno Fornaroli - "El Tuna"

    Cahill played Under 20's for Samoa... We still managed to give him a few runs for Australia.
  11. Neil Kilkenny

    Wow, you're like a rabid dog as soon as anyone implies that Joyce may actually have flaws.
  12. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    I have always wondered why the 'Loyalty Allowance' couldn't see a more immediate application. Something like an exponential increase, so that players have: 5% of their salary outside their cap in their second year 10% in their third year 20% in their fourth year, and so forth. With the money we're talking about in the A-League, this money is not likely to be monstrous. Given the small wage pool we are working with, once a player has established themselves in the A-League they're likely fielding offers from rivals for fractionally higher wages which can be hard to refuse when their current club cannot match due to cap constraints. In conjunction with the 'no transfer fees' rule, there is no reward for a player's current team for either developing or recruiting players into the league.
  13. Western Sydney

    It was always an unusual decision in my opinion. I opened this thread wondering whether the newest post would be something to this effect. I wonder what the implication will be with the vacant national team job.
  14. Bruno Fornaroli - "El Tuna"

    Don't ever change...
  15. The FFA Management thread

    A fairly apt analogy. I tend to agree for the most part; except this is more like having a daughter who is 35 and has a curfew.