Is Australian Football in Disarray

The corrupt dark empire that controls world football as we know it will be in Australia for meetings between Football Federation Australia and key stake holders to discuss matters of Australian Football.

What can already be described as a tense relationship between the FFA and A-league clubs, Key stakeholders including A-League chariman, Greg O’Rourke will not attend the dinner. The Australian reports the A-League chairmen are determined to make a point to FFA by boycotting the dinner, which they claim is being put on to show the visitors they are “all one, big happy family”.

Ahead of the September 21-22 meetings with the FIFA-AFC delegation, FFA sent a letter to all the stakeholders outlining some key points it will push to the delegation, including:

  • An appropriate balance between stakeholders.
  • FFA has a truly independent board of directors acting in the game’s best interests.
  • Key stakeholders’ interests are promoted by long-term binding agreements; the current governance model has delivered reform and success.

FFA will host an event on Wednesday evening at a restaurant in Sydney with stakeholders from around Australia; the dinner is for the FIFA officials to discuss matters, which involved changes to FFA’s constitution.

In a statement to The Aust­ralian, Football Federation Australia confirmed that Lowy would not be able to attend the “informal dinner” because of a “pre-existing commitment” and that it was “unaware that the non-attendance is a protest against the FFA”.

“A number of A-League representatives have accepted the invitation to an informal dinner involving some stakeholders participating in the statute review process,” a spokesman said.

“It should be noted that it was always the case that several A-League club and member federation representatives would not be attending the dinner, and in some cases the meetings. There has been no indication that their non-attendance is a protest against FFA.”

FFA and A-League clubs have been at war for some time over the clubs not being allowed to have input into our top tier of Australian Football, Clubs have been asking for an independent commission to help run the competition, or having a representative on the FFA’S board. Unfortunately FFA has had a closed shop approach since day one of the A-Leagues inception.

A good example of this is key stakeholders asking for new candidates to be put forward to oppose Steven Lowy’s election last year as the new FFA chairman to replace his father, Frank.

It is understood FIFA is concerned that some sections of the game in Australia — notably elite football — are not properly represented. FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and FFA have been in discussions for the past 12 months over proposed changes to FFA’s constitution. The world governing body wants FFA to fall into line with its statutes used around the world.

A trending topic around Australian Football fans is the idea of Promotion and Relegation to be pushed forward. The A-League is the minority in world football.

But there is some good news. By winning the NSW Premier League2, the club can bounce straight back into the state’s top tier, replacing another club which will get relegated.

Tell that story to supporters of North Queensland Fury, Gold Coast United and New Zealand Knights, A-League clubs which were shut down, erased and are now defunct, never to return.

The A-League, you see, has no promotion and relegation. Its doors are, it seems, permanently shut to the prospect of its losing clubs going down and the winning clubs of a lower division coming up, a concept intrinsic to football all around the world for a century and a half.

This despite the fact that promotion/relegation is FIFA’s policy for domestic competitions. This despite the fact that in 2008, when FIFA adopted the policy, the FFA pledged that the introduction of promotion/relegation was to be part of the A-League’s future strategy.

With the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA putting pressure on the league to introduce a multi-tier system, Buckley confirmed FFA had informed the AFC it would have plans in place within the next five months.

“We said to the AFC we would get back to them by October this year as to what our plan is via promotion-relegation,” Buckley said.

“They understand our situation and they’ve accepted that we will have a plan in place by October this year and that will be for an implementation for a promotion-relegation system, not at this point in time but for some years to come.”

“… It’s something that will be assessed over time.”

“After we’ve got through the next phase of expansion then we’ll be looking to a promotion and relegation system.”

Promotion and relegation will be a hot topic at next weeks FIFA meeting in Sydney, where world football’s governing body approved changes to laws ensuring that teams could only be promoted and relegated on the basis of their sporting achievements, not monetary issues.

Author: James Woodman // Twitter: @jameswoodman90 // Facebook: Football Broke My Heart


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