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Australian Football Stuff - not worthy of a thread

turbo

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ydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory will reluctantly fulfil their AFC Champions League obligations in Qatar later this month after they were threatened with a $300,000 fine and two-year suspension from the tournament if they withdrew.
AFC going heavy on the stick rather than offering a carrot. All for a tournament that gets less local interest than the FFA cup and we have almost no chance of progressing in anyway.
 

sydmariner

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26 players assemble as Olyroos’ road to Tokyo resumes
FFA MediaUpdated: 3 hrs ago
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed the 26-player squad that will participate in Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team training camp in Sydney over the next nine days.
The entirely domestic-based selection features eleven (11) players from the squad that helped Australia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in January this year, when Australia secured third place at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand.

While in camp the Australia U-23 selection will play two friendly fixtures against A-League clubs – the first against Sydney FC on Thursday, 12 November 2020 (kick-off 7:00pm AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah, and the second on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 against the competition’s newest club, Macarthur FC (kick-off 3:00pm AEDT) at the same venue.

Players with AFC Champions League commitments with their clubs in Doha, Qatar (Sydney FC and Perth Glory FC) will depart the assembly following the first match of the camp later this week.

The squad began to convene in Sydney on Sunday, and the team’s Head Coach, Graham Arnold, said players arrived with a spring in their step.

“After a year of little national team activity, the players arrived yesterday eager to be back in camp and to resume the journey to Tokyo,” Arnold said.

“Australia’s history in the men’s football competition at the Olympic Games dates back to Melbourne 1956, and this generation of players helped to secure Australia’s men’s team a return to the Olympic Games for the first time since Beijing 2008.
“This group of players – and the many more we are monitoring in Australia and overseas – have the opportunity to be part of a special period in Olyroos history as we work towards Tokyo. The next nine days and the forthcoming A-League season represents a fresh start and a great opportunity for all players to push their case for Olyroos selection in Tokyo,” he said.

A limited number of tickets (due to COVID-19 protocols) will be available for the first fixture between Australia U-23 and Sydney FC, with tickets on sale now
via Ticketek. All patrons are reminded to follow the latest health advice and observe COVID-safe protocols, including staying home if unwell.

Australia U-23’s matches against Sydney FC and Macarthur FC will be streamed live and free by FFA, with the games to be available via Facebook, Kayo Sports, and the My Football Live App.

Leading Australian football commentator, Simon Hill, will call the action during both fixtures. Throughout the Sydney FC broadcast, Hill will be joined by Trevor Morgan (National Technical Director and Joeys Head Coach) to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in Australian football’s elite men’s pathways, and to shine the light on many of the clubs and programs that have contributed to the development of the talented players on display.

Australia U-23 Men’s National Team Squad | November 2020 | Training Camp & Friendly Matches | Sydney, Australia
NameCurrent Club
Nathaniel ATKINSONMelbourne City FC
Keanu BACCUSWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
DANIEL BOUMANCentral Coast Mariners FC
Cameron DEVLINWellington Phoenix FC
Denis GENREAUMacarthur FC
Tom GLOVER (Gk)Melbourne City FC
Tom HEWARD-BELLE (Gk)Sydney FC
Luke IVANOVICSydney FC
Joel KINGSydney FC
Johnny KOUTROUMBISNewcastle Jets FC
Joshua LAWSWellington Phoenix FC
Connor METCALFEMelbourne City FC
Tass MOURDOUKOUTASWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Ramy NAJJARINENewcastle Jets FC
Jordan O’DOHERTYWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Aiden O’NEILLMelbourne City FC
Connor O’TOOLENewcastle Jets FC
ADAM PEARCE (Gk)Central Coast Mariners FC
Reno PISCOPOWellington Phoenix FC
KYE ROWLESCentral Coast Mariners FC
Tate RUSSELLWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Nicholas SORRAS (Gk)Sydney Olympic FC (NPL NSW)
Ryan STRAINAdelaide United
Angus THURGATENewcastle Jets FC
Lachie WALESWestern United FC
Brandon WILSONPerth Glory FC

Australia U-23 Men’s National Football Team v Sydney FC
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, New South Wales
Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Kick-off: 7:00pm AEDT
Tickets:
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE (limited number of tickets due to COVID-19 protocols available online only)
Broadcast: Live via Facebook (Socceroos, Sydney FC, A-League), Kayo Sports, My Football Live App, My Football YouTube

Australia U-23 Men’s National Football Team v Macarthur FC
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, New South Wales
Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm AEDT
Broadcast: Live via Facebook (Socceroos, Macarthur FC, A-League), Kayo Sports, My Football Live App, My Football YouTube
*Please note this match will not be open to the public.
How the f**k did Adam Pearce make the squad.
 

style_cafe

Well-Known Member
26 players assemble as Olyroos’ road to Tokyo resumes
FFA MediaUpdated: 3 hrs ago
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed the 26-player squad that will participate in Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team training camp in Sydney over the next nine days.
The entirely domestic-based selection features eleven (11) players from the squad that helped Australia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in January this year, when Australia secured third place at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand.

While in camp the Australia U-23 selection will play two friendly fixtures against A-League clubs – the first against Sydney FC on Thursday, 12 November 2020 (kick-off 7:00pm AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah, and the second on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 against the competition’s newest club, Macarthur FC (kick-off 3:00pm AEDT) at the same venue.
Players with AFC Champions League commitments with their clubs in Doha, Qatar (Sydney FC and Perth Glory FC) will depart the assembly following the first match of the camp later this week.
The squad began to convene in Sydney on Sunday, and the team’s Head Coach, Graham Arnold, said players arrived with a spring in their step.
“After a year of little national team activity, the players arrived yesterday eager to be back in camp and to resume the journey to Tokyo,” Arnold said.
“Australia’s history in the men’s football competition at the Olympic Games dates back to Melbourne 1956, and this generation of players helped to secure Australia’s men’s team a return to the Olympic Games for the first time since Beijing 2008.
“This group of players – and the many more we are monitoring in Australia and overseas – have the opportunity to be part of a special period in Olyroos history as we work towards Tokyo. The next nine days and the forthcoming A-League season represents a fresh start and a great opportunity for all players to push their case for Olyroos selection in Tokyo,” he said.
A limited number of tickets (due to COVID-19 protocols) will be available for the first fixture between Australia U-23 and Sydney FC, with tickets on sale now
via Ticketek. All patrons are reminded to follow the latest health advice and observe COVID-safe protocols, including staying home if unwell.

Australia U-23’s matches against Sydney FC and Macarthur FC will be streamed live and free by FFA, with the games to be available via Facebook, Kayo Sports, and the My Football Live App.
Leading Australian football commentator, Simon Hill, will call the action during both fixtures. Throughout the Sydney FC broadcast, Hill will be joined by Trevor Morgan (National Technical Director and Joeys Head Coach) to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in Australian football’s elite men’s pathways, and to shine the light on many of the clubs and programs that have contributed to the development of the talented players on display.
Australia U-23 Men’s National Team Squad | November 2020 | Training Camp & Friendly Matches | Sydney, Australia

NameCurrent Club
Nathaniel ATKINSONMelbourne City FC
Keanu BACCUSWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
DANIEL BOUMANCentral Coast Mariners FC
Cameron DEVLINWellington Phoenix FC
Denis GENREAUMacarthur FC
Tom GLOVER (Gk)Melbourne City FC
Tom HEWARD-BELLE (Gk)Sydney FC
Luke IVANOVICSydney FC
Joel KINGSydney FC
Johnny KOUTROUMBISNewcastle Jets FC
Joshua LAWSWellington Phoenix FC
Connor METCALFEMelbourne City FC
Tass MOURDOUKOUTASWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Ramy NAJJARINENewcastle Jets FC
Jordan O’DOHERTYWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Aiden O’NEILLMelbourne City FC
Connor O’TOOLENewcastle Jets FC
ADAM PEARCE (Gk)Central Coast Mariners FC
Reno PISCOPOWellington Phoenix FC
KYE ROWLESCentral Coast Mariners FC
Tate RUSSELLWestern Sydney Wanderers FC
Nicholas SORRAS (Gk)Sydney Olympic FC (NPL NSW)
Ryan STRAINAdelaide United
Angus THURGATENewcastle Jets FC
Lachie WALESWestern United FC
Brandon WILSONPerth Glory FC

Australia U-23 Men’s National Football Team v Sydney FC
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, New South Wales
Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Kick-off: 7:00pm AEDT
Tickets:
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE (limited number of tickets due to COVID-19 protocols available online only)
Broadcast: Live via Facebook (Socceroos, Sydney FC, A-League), Kayo Sports, My Football Live App, My Football YouTube

Australia U-23 Men’s National Football Team v Macarthur FC
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, New South Wales
Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Kick-off: 3:00pm AEDT
Broadcast: Live via Facebook (Socceroos, Macarthur FC, A-League), Kayo Sports, My Football Live App, My Football YouTube
*Please note this match will not be open to the public.
How the f**k did Adam Pearce make the squad.
Basically because he`s not as bad a keeper as a lot on here think he is... :popcorn:
 

turbo

Well-Known Member
Basically because he`s not as bad a keeper as a lot on here think he is... :popcorn:
They also called up an NPL player so there isn’t exactly a tonne of depth in the available & eligible players. Good on him but I don’t think we should be reading too much in to it.
 

pjennings

Well-Known Member
I haven't seen the NPL keeper. Australian keeping is in a parlous state in comparison to years gone by. When Reddy is considered one of the better keepers when he was a laughing stock at the beginning of the A League shows the dive in quality.

Suffice to say Maty is one of the overage players I would take to the Olympics. Probably Glover as the back-up. Only an 18 man squad to go to Tokyo with up to 3 overage.
 

turbo

Well-Known Member
Suffice to say Maty is one of the overage players I would take to the Olympics. Probably Glover as the back-up. Only an 18 man squad to go to Tokyo with up to 3 overage.
Probably a whole other thread but who would you take? Ryan would be tempting even though Glover is in decent form. What are the other major holes to fill? Striker - Taggart/Maclaren maybe? Either would be a step up. Do you take an experienced CB like Sainsbury for leadership? Mooy to run the midfield?
 

Wombat

Well-Known Member
That is a horrible looking squad. They will not get out of the first group stage. Glover is woeful. Strain, O'Neill and Atkinson as the only prospects that i can see.
 

pjennings

Well-Known Member
Probably a whole other thread but who would you take? Ryan would be tempting even though Glover is in decent form. What are the other major holes to fill? Striker - Taggart/Maclaren maybe? Either would be a step up. Do you take an experienced CB like Sainsbury for leadership? Mooy to run the midfield?

Tough when I haven't watched many for a while.

Ryan (OA), Glover, Deng, Souttar, Gersbach, Ryan, Atkinson, Strain, McGree, Baccus, Mooy (OA), ONeill, Arzani, Piscopo, D'Agostino, Toure, Najjarine, Italiano

Strikers are the problem. I'll start with those above but I would take an overage striker, maybe Taggart/Maclaren or maybe even Boyle. TBT is playing half for the Olyroos and half for Sydney and might also come into calculations depending on what he can show this year with more game time.
 
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pjennings

Well-Known Member
We should bid for the AFCU23 Asian cup in 2022

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have approved dates for the remaining Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Having been postponed since March 2020, the remaining Round 2 matches should be completed by June 15, 2021.

Matchday 7 and 8 are set for March 2021, and Matchday 9 and 10 for June 2021. Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers will then begin in September 2021 and finish by March 2022.

The Socceroos are top of Group B after winning the opening four games, scoring 16 and conceding just one goal along the way.

Our next games would be set for March 2021 against Kuwait and Nepal, and then finishing up against Chinese Taipei and Jordan in June 2021.

The AFC Committee also agreed that the previously postponed AFC U-19 Championship will be staged in Uzbekistan between March 3 to 20, 2021.

However, the dates for the AFC U-16 Championship, also postponed from 2020, are to be further discussed.

Summary:

  • Remaining Round 2 Qualifiers set for March 2021 and June 2021
  • Round 3 Qualifiers to begin in September 2021 and finish by March 2022
  • The Asian Play-off for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proposed as a single match
  • AFC U-19 Championship to be staged in Uzbekistan in March 2021
  • China no longer to host AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022. Bidding process now underway

 

priorpeter

Well-Known Member
FFA takes big revenue hit and $2m loss as cost of Covid hits home
John Stensholt3:24PM November 16, 2020


Football Federation Australian has slumped to a multi-million-dollar loss and suffered a revenue fall of almost 20 per cent as the cost of disruption to the sport during COVID-19 hit home.
Accounts lodged with the corporate regulator show FFA recording a $1.8m loss in 2020 from revenue of $107m, in a year in which football’s governing body had to suspend the A-League at the height of the pandemic.

There were no international matches, which are normally a major source of income, and the A-League finals series was played out before reduced crowds after the end of the financial year. The accounts show how fragile the financial situation for a second-tier sport such as soccer can be.

Even the biggest codes such as AFL, NRL and cricket, as well as rugby union, have been forced to cut costs during the pandemic and borrow money as revenues dry up and sports have had to make do with less broadcast income while playing matches in mostly empty stadiums.


The FFA accounts cover the 12 months to June 30 and compare with a 2019 financial year in which FFA recorded a small $435,000 surplus from $132m revenue, meaning its financial result for 2020 was $2.2m worse off and revenue fell about 18 per cent.

The biggest hit to revenue was in sponsorship, which fell 25 per cent to $21m in a year when the Socceroos lost major partner Caltex, which has yet to be replaced, and other sponsors such as NAB, Aldi, Bet365 and Harvey Norman have also left the sport. A-League major sponsor Hyundai has also ended its 15-year partnership, and Qantas will scale back its sponsorship but remain a travel partner.

FFA chief executive James Johnson told The Australian that the organisation had to quickly manage the implications of the pandemic, which at one stage included having 70 per cent of FFA staff stood down.

“From a strategic and financial perspective, our focus as an organisation was to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a fiscally responsible manner by carefully managing the impacts on revenue and at the same time managing the costs so that the organisation could be well positioned as we entered the recovery period.”

FFA was able to cut more than $20m from its cost base, with travel, marketing and employee wages expenses taking a particular hit. The body also did not need to borrow money from its world body, FIFA, a move that Rugby Australia has had to make.

The financial report was the last of an era in several ways. David Gallop left the organisation at the end of December after about seven years in the role to be replaced by Johnson as CEO, and the report will also be the last full year that FFA had full control over the A-League after it was established 15 years ago.

It means FFA’s next financial report will begin to look markedly different, with A-League club owners having recently struck a deal to separate the league from the governing body.

While there will be a period of transition, clubs will have strategic and most of the fiscal control of the league and FFA will mostly generate its own income from the Socceroos and Matildas.

FFA will also maintain regulatory oversight of the A-League, which is set to begin in late December under a revised one-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports worth about half of the previous contract.

FFA will in the next few years also look toderive more financial value from the Matildas after winning joint hosting rights with New Zealand for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

While FIFA will control much of the revenue and spending for the tournament, FFA should gain more sponsors and government funding before and during the event.

Johnson said the winning bid “will have an everlasting legacy for the sport” and that FFA was also focused on more significant and ongoing cost savings, while also being poised to announce new commercial deals later this year.

 

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