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Aug 16

David Squires on … the governance crisis threatening Australian football

This week our resident cartoonist turns his attention to the failed talks that were meant to save a sport from eating itself

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Aug 16

Decoding Australian football’s complex and critical governance issues | Jonathan Howcroft

The crisis has played out in stages over a number of months with each new step requiring detailed explanation of specific, often arcane issuesAustralian football is once again in turmoil. It is being forced to change its governance arrangements but sta…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/16/decoding-australian-footballs-complex-and-critical-governance-issues

Aug 12

FFA put eggs in Fifa basket as Australian football descends into chaos once again | Jonathan Howcroft

The process of thrashing out what change might look like illustrated neatly why such changes are required after a chaotic week of failed talksIt has been a defining week for Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy, and following a hectic few…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/13/ffa-put-eggs-in-fifa-basket-as-australian-football-descends-into-chaos-once-again

Aug 11

Australian football’s future put into Fifa’s hands after talks derailed

  • Fifa delegation departs with no governance deal agreed upon
  • A-League clubs left furious with Football Federation Australia

The future of Australian football rests in the hands of Fifa after political consensus over an extraordinary 24 hours.

A joint Fifa/AFC delegation returned to Zurich on Thursday night to report back on what one A-League club chairman described as an “embarrassing” show of the domestic game’s governance.

Related: Steven Lowy’s incendiary attack only serves to highlight FFA inactivity | Jonathan Howcroft

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/11/australian-footballs-future-put-into-fifas-hands-after-talks-derailed

Aug 10

Pitch complaints from both sides after Victory’s FFA Cup rout of Roar

  • Brisbane Roar 1-5 Melbourne Victory
  • Massimo Maccarone makes quiet debut in heavy defeat at Perry Park

Complaints over the pitch have threatened to overshadow Melbourne Victory’s dominant 5-1 FFA Cup win over Brisbane Roar at Perry Park. A near full-strength Victory sounded an ominous warning as ex-Roar striker Besart Berisha bagged a double on a bumpy surface to ensure Brisbane failed to progress past the round of 32 for the third straight year.

Related: Heidelberg United’s giant killing win over Perth presses case for second tier

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/10/pitch-complaints-from-both-sides-after-victorys-ffa-cup-rout-of-roar

Aug 06

Steven Lowy’s incendiary attack only serves to highlight FFA inactivity | Jonathan Howcroft

Unwittingly the FFA chairman has shone a light on the inertia that has paralysed FFA in recent years, inaction that has ultimately brought about this crisis

Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy launched a withering attack on the “self-interest” of A-League club owners on Saturday morning, marking the conclusion of a phoney war that has been raging behind the scenes for months. The arrival this week of a Fifa delegation to resolve long-standing governance issues has brought hostilities into the open.

At the heart of the 2,000-word manifesto is a simple theme – trust. Lowy champions a decade of growth and stability, overseen by a safe hand on the tiller. He concedes changes are required to FFA’s congress and the A-League’s operating model, but with a warning these should not be hijacked by “narrow interests”. References to “the bad old days” and “chaos” stud the missive without trigger warnings, and there’s a pointed reference to the number of clubs headquartered outside Australia.

Related: Fifa report claims FFA made ‘improper payments’ in 2022 World Cup bid

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/07/steven-lowys-incendiary-attack-only-serves-to-highlight-ffa-inactivity

Aug 03

FFA Cup produces another upset but exit will not derail Mariners, says Okon

  • Central Coast manager stays positive despite 3-2 defeat to Blacktown City
  • A-League champions Sydney FC stroll to 8-0 win over Darwin Rovers

Coach Paul Okon is certain Central Coast’s shock FFA Cup exit will not derail an otherwise promising A-League pre-season.For the second year running the Mariners’ cup campaign ended before it began on Wednesday night, this time at the hands of NSW NPL leaders Blacktown City.

Though the Gosford side did not play poorly, three cheap goals to Blacktown ensured the round-of-32 upset, and simultaneously snapped their pre-season record of zero losses and zero goals conceded in the preceding four games.

Related: Heidelberg United’s giant killing win over Perth presses case for second tier

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/03/ffa-cup-produces-another-upset-but-exit-will-not-derail-mariners-says-okon

Aug 02

David Squires on … the late, great Les Murray

This week our cartoonist pays tribute to the refugee and football broadcaster, who died this week aged 71

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2017/aug/03/david-squires-on-the-late-great-les-murray

Aug 01

Giant killers Heidelberg United stun Perth Glory in FFA Cup

Victorian Premier League side beat A-League club 1-0Wins elsewhere for Melbourne City and Western Sydney WanderersHeidelberg United have become the fourth state-level side in FFA Cup history to knock off an A-League opponent, downing Perth 1-0 in the f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/02/giant-killers-heidelberg-united-stun-perth-glory-in-ffa-cup

Jul 31

‘Stranger things have happened’: Rovers prepare to meet Sydney FC in Darwin | Helen Davidson

The FFA Cup draw has thrown up a classic David and Goliath encounter between part-time players from the tropics and the three-time A-League champions

On a Tuesday evening Darwin Rovers are getting some extra training in at a suburban Darwin oval. They started late because some players hadn’t finished work, and they’re sharing the dying light with a few other sporting groups.

But every session helps ahead of the biggest game of their lives this week, against the reigning A-League champions, Sydney FC.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/01/rovers-prepare-to-meet-sydney-fc-in-darwin

Jul 26

A-League expansion further delayed as FFA focus on operating model

  • A-League not at decision-making stage, says Greg O’Rourke
  • Earliest and most likely entry date for two new clubs is 2019-20 season

A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 to learn of FFA’s criteria to enter the competition. A-League chief Greg O’Rourke, who visited the ex-NSL powerhouse on Wednesday ahead of their FFA Cup tie, confirmed the sport’s governing body was prioritising talks on the league’s operating model with current clubs.

Related: David Squires on … the possibility of A-League expansion

Related: Canberra City: a blueprint for current A-League expansion hopefuls | Joe Gorman

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/26/a-league-expansion-further-delayed-as-ffa-focus-on-operating-model

Jul 19

David Squires on … Arsenal’s pre-season trip to Sydney

Our resident cartoonist looks at the fallout from the Premier League club’s tour to Australia where they faced Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers

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Jul 12

Red and Black Bloc threatened with closure as Wanderers run out of patience

  • Open letter issues stern warning to ‘rogue element’ of supporter group
  • Club asks true fans to step up and lead group into future

Western Sydney Wanderers have threatened to disband their active supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, if a “rogue element” among its membership step out of line once more. In an open letter to fans, Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the RBB was on borrowed time and called for new leaders to step up within the group amid concerns over the suitability of those currently in charge.

“As a club we are looking to bring forward a new era in active support,” Tsatsimas said in the letter. “This has come about due to the number of incidents in our short history which have compromised our club, our values and our culture.

Related: Banned Western Sydney fans are ‘juvenile idiots’, says Ange Postecoglou

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/12/red-and-black-bloc-threatened-with-closure-as-wanderers-run-out-of-patience

Jun 28

FFA opts against delaying start of A-League season for Fifa window

  • Next season’s opening round may clash with possible Socceroos’ play-off
  • Sydney FC kick off with grand final replay against Melbourne Victory

Football Federation Australia has decided not to push round one of the upcoming A-League season back to cater for potential Socceroos’ World Cup qualifying play-offs and New Zealand internationals.

Should Australia finish third in their qualifying group, Ange Postecoglou’s national team will face arduous play-off rounds starting with home and away games against another Asian nation on 5 and 10 October.

Related: Aaron Mooy’s likely Manchester City exit raises questions in Australia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/28/ffa-opts-against-delaying-start-of-a-league-season-for-fifa-window

Jun 18

Big-money Aaron Mooy move sets alarm bells ringing in A-League | Jonathan Howcroft

Manchester City will bank what is set to be an Australian record transfer fee as pure profit after they signed the midfielder for nothing from Melbourne City

The City Football Academy in Melbourne’s north is one of the most impressive sporting amenities in Australia. Architecturally, the complex funnels the attention of staff towards the training ground, as a permanent reminder of the site’s purpose. Those pitches use state of the art hybrid grass technology and their most recent occupants included Lionel Messi, with Argentina using the centre as a training base for the recent SuperClàsico. The facility cost its owners, the City Football Group (CFG), $15m. For context, they acquired City’s A-League licence for $11.25m.

On a tour of the centre shortly after it opened I was taken from the reception atrium into the inner sanctum. One of the first things to emerge behind the security doors was the communal lounge where staff and players ate lunch and played video games. In the corner of the room a noisy table tennis contest was taking place. Among the participants was Aaron Mooy.

Related: ‘We want to win it, mate’: Postecoglou aims high at Confederations Cup

Related: David Squires on … a busy week for Australian football and aeronautics enthusiasts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/19/likely-big-money-aaron-mooy-move-sets-alarm-bells-ringing-in-a-league

Jun 14

David Squires on … a busy week for Australian football and aeronautics enthusiasts

Our cartoonist analyses a week during which crowds flocked to watch big names in action, got bored by half-time and turned to making paper aeroplanes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2017/jun/14/david-squires-on-a-busy-week-for-australian-football-and-aeronautics-enthusiasts

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