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  1. The FFA Management thread

    does that mean that they would have the power to remove the salary cap system and operate as a free market like everyone else does except North America?
  2. Marcus Gomes MCFC eSport player

    ye, i wouldn't have a clue how much in depth of skill is needed on a high tier level. I casually play both fifa and dota from time to time but I generally have played counter strike for the last 12 years and I am really only informed for that game only.
  3. Marcus Gomes MCFC eSport player

    is there data for me to look at just for curiosity how big the e-sport scene is + audience reach? I have just dismissed the game without looking too much into it based on the fact that there is lesser variability in working a result and their mechanics are AI assisted most of the time. Compared to dota or counterstrike where the depth of decision making and constantly adapting to situations on the fly goes much more deeper. That is my opinion as to how those games have been more captivating ( + consisting of teamwork or establishing a club/organisations [?] ) and are mainstream in the twitch live streaming for high tier competitions. I barely come across any FIFA esport news other than seeing stuff on this forum or once in a blue moon through algorithms finding me on facebook or twitch
  4. Marcus Gomes MCFC eSport player

    Is fifa even a large market in the esport industry right now? I honestly thought it is only worth investing in Dota, League and counterstrike. @Tesla
  5. Welcome Ritchie de Laet

    It would be good for a young bloke like atkinson to be experimented in other positions to be more versatile rather than being fixed at right back throughout his development. If anything, Richie can show him how its done by an experienced veteran
  6. Flick here for Subbuteo

    Hey guys, we have been in touch with Melbourne City and we will have the opportunity to set up our boards at the city square for A-League fixtures. I have done it before back in 2015 but I did not have the luxury to transport a full sized board and had to improvise with a makeshift miniature one which wasn't of the best quality. The boards will be of professional standard so people can grasp the full experience of the game. I can also chuck in some free stickers of different designs if you find me there https://www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia/
  7. Daniel Arzani

    cunt's fucked.
  8. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Golgol signed with Sparta Prague
  9. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    The belgian germano, no thanks
  10. if you think about it, the full 120 minutes, half time and the brattan injury, those brisbane fans sat for around 3 hours without witnessing a brisbane goal and conceding at the very last minute in a very dull game Get absolutely fucked you cunts
  11. The FFA Management thread

    The A-League would be spun off from Football Federation Australia (FFA) and run independently in time for the 2019-2020 season under a proposal by a FIFA-backed working group. The 100-page report from the congress review working group (CRWG) was made public on Tuesday after its submission to FIFA last week. It is expected to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of FIFA's member associations committee on August 20 and then put to a vote at an FFA extraordinary general meeting in mid-September. If the vote fails, FIFA could suspend Australia's membership - potentially putting the Socceroos' defence of their AFC Asian Cup crown at risk and throwing the domestic competition into turmoil. The report notes opposition from the FFA board to its two key recommendations - the structure of an expanded congress and the mooted pathway for the A-League to become independent. However, it was signed off by all eight CRWG members - including FFA board member Chris Nikou - as well as independent chair Judith Griggs. Held hostage - FFA reforms and the future of Australian football "This report and its recommendations represent an opportunity for a new era of collaboration, transparency and democracy for Australian football," Greg Griffin, CEO of the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association, said. "They are borne from a process of unprecedented cooperation and engagement between the diverse stakeholders of our game - interactions that should be given every chance of becoming the cornerstone of a brighter future for the entire game." The CRWG has proposed for the new congress to grow from 10 to 29 members - the nine state federations, nine Australian A-League clubs, Professional Footballers Australia plus and a new 'women's council'. The women's council would comprise 10 members, with three each nominated by the other stakeholders in the congress, plus an independent chair selected by FFA's nominations committee. The allocation of votes in the congress is designed to take away the ability for any one group to elect or remove directors or pass constitutional change without support from another. It also commits to a review of FFA's governance structures every four years. Football's 'heart and soul' deserting the game amid governance gridlock The report suggests a collaborative 'New Leagues Working Group' be formed to establish the framework for a new operating model for the A-League. The working group would consist of representatives from the state federations, clubs and PFA, plus FFA board members and management, who would submit their plan by the end of March 2019. FFA, in contrast, have been developing their own operating model. Four state federations - the ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Northern NSW - are aligned with FFA in opposition to the CRWG's key recommendations and are prepared to vote them down at an EGM. The states submitted a counter proposal to the CRWG, the details of which remain confidential. It's understood it will not be considered by FIFA, whose remit is to simply approve or reject the report they commissioned from the CRWG. Former A-League boss calls for FIFA to boot out FFA board CURRENT FFA CONGRESS 10 members * Nine state federations (NSW, VIC, NT, SA, WA, TAS, NNSW, QLD, ACT) - 9 votes * One A-League representative - 1 vote CRWG'S PROPOSED FFA CONGRESS 29 members * Nine state federations (NSW, VIC, NT, SA, WA, TAS, NNSW, QLD, ACT) - 55 votes * Nine Australian-based A-League clubs - 28 votes * Professional Footballers Australia - 7 votes * Women's football council (10 members) - 10 votes * Special interest groups granted membership in future would be assigned 2 votes https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a-league-could-go-independent-by-2019 There is, it seems, no other way: Australia will be suspended from FIFA unless those running the game in this country change their attitude, and change it fast. UPDATEDUPDATED 1 HOUR AGO BY JACK KERR Suspension would mean no Asian Cup defence for the Socceroos in January; no chance of the Matildas claiming a first FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year; and no way Australia would host that tournament in 2023 (if it hasn’t already ruined its bid chances). And all for what? The battle to fix Australian football’s governance issues is not a Mexican standoff. Nor is it mutually assured destruction. FIFA are the only one in this fight with the nuclear option of suspension at their disposal, and barring some unforeseeable plot-twist, it seems inevitable they will disendorse their Australian chapter, should the latest round of reform recommendations not be accepted. Because if they aren’t running out patience, FIFA are certainly running out of options. Since intervening two years ago, when they became increasingly concerned about the undemocratic fashion in which football in Australia was being run, FIFA have taken the softly, softly approach. When negotiations reached a stalemate, they could have installed a normalisation committee to institute the reforms they saw fit. Instead, they assembled a working group, headed by Judith Griggs, and tasked them with finding the best way forward. Call it normalisation-lite. Rather than the detached international governance experts that would sit on a normalisation committee, the future of Australian football was put in the hands of eight locals with skin in the game: four representing the state football bodies; one from FIFA; two from the A-League clubs; and another from the players’ union (the PFA). And their package of solutions is a good one. It increases the size of the FFA Congress (the group which appoints the FFA board) from 10 to 29. It spreads the voting weight more evenly amongst this cohort: the block of state federations, which currently controls 90 per cent of votes, has its collective voting weight reduced to 55 per cent - which is less than the 60 per cent needed to appoint members to the board. Recommendations set FFA on course for FIFA clash That should mean an end to sham boardroom elections in which only those with links to sponsors get a seat at the table. The working group’s findings also have gender equality as a cornerstone: on top of a special Women’s Council being granted 10 of the Congress’ 100 votes, each other member must be represented by one male and one female delegate. And the proposed model allows for new voices to be given a say: special interest groups - such as those representing coaches, NPL clubs, fans and even Indigenous footballers - can get a place in the Congress should they meet the list of criteria that has been laid out in the findings. All up, the proposal handed in to FIFA and currently awaiting their approval, moves the governance of Australian football towards the best practices of other national member associations. Now, for it to come into effect, the reforms need to get the approval of at least eight of the current FFA Congress’ 10 members. For it not to win that support would be illogical: yet here we are, with the smaller states - who are said to have become increasingly recalcitrant during the process - now putting their commitment to head office before the interests of the game. In other words, the future of football is being held hostage by the likes of Football Federation Northern Territory, a region that has rarely produced a Socceroo, a Matilda, or an A-League player, which has barely a few thousand registered players, and which seems to do little to foster Indigenous footballing talent. But it wouldn’t be football politics if the microstates were not having undue influence on proceedings. Perhaps the only circuit breaker to this situation lies in the six pro-reform members in the Congress - the mainland states and the clubs’ representatives - engaging their rights to kick out members of the current board and replacing them. It is something they have so far refrained from doing, preferring, they say, to work in a spirit of collegiality and good will. But with these latest reforms the last chance to change the governance of the game in Australia on a cooperative basis, it may yet come to that. And that would be disastrous for the Lowy family's legacy in the game. https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/held-hostage-ffa-reforms-and-the-future-of-australian-football
  12. The FFA Management thread

    https://amp.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/prospect-of-fifa-sacking-ffa-board-back-on-the-table-20180801-p4zuz0.html Prospect of FIFA sacking FFA board back on the table 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 group into how the federation's congress should be expanded. The congress review working group (CRWG) has submitted its recommendations to the global governing body after seven weeks of consultation with key stakeholders in Australian football. It comes as four of the country's smallest state federations put forward a counter-proposal to the CRWG that they say better addresses the needs of grassroots football. The CRWG's report is still under wraps and will only be released publicly at the discretion of FIFA, who commissioned it in attempt to force FFA to fall in line with its statutes after several years of pressure on the Lowy family. The current FFA congress is the smallest and least democratic in world football. FIFA is expected to approve the recommendations and ask for them to be adopted at an FFA special general meeting by September 7. But the likelihood of that happening is low, with four state federations – the ACT, Northern Territory, Northern NSW and Tasmania – ready to vote to down the changes. If the CRWG's proposals do not pass, FIFA could sack the FFA board and replace it with a normalisation committee to run the sport. It's understood the sticking point in the long-running saga has not changed – the balance of votes in an expanded congress. The concern of FFA and the four state federations in their corner is that A-League clubs will wield too much power at the expense of the grassroots and other elements of the sport. However, FFA's previous suggestions for a reformed congress have not satisfied FIFA's demands for a more democratic structure. "There are many elements of the report which are positive steps and wholly supported by the FFA board," Lowy said in a statement. "However there are also some crucial aspects of the report which the FFA board does not believe are in the best interests of the game and are inconsistent with its guiding principles." Lowy strenuously denied suggestions FFA had interfered with the CRWG's work or placed undue pressure on stakeholders. The ACT, Northern Territory, Northern NSW and Tasmanian federations were not part of the CRWG and in a joint statement said it was "very challenging" for the states who were to represent their views. Combined, they account for just 18 per cent of the registered players in Australia. All nine state federations collectively agreed for Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Western Australia to join the eight-member CRWG, which was independently chaired by former Australian Grand Prix CEO Judith Griggs. The Association of Australian Football Clubs, the lobby group representing dozens of state-league clubs around the country, said the four opposing state federations and FFA should "hang their collective heads in shame" for attempting to block the CRWG's proposals.
  13. Football Photography

    how i wish to be in his shoes
  14. Football Photography