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FFA to hand Control of A-L to clubs Before Season Start


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Football Federation Australia and the A-League clubs have finally ended years of haggling and come to an agreement over the future direction of Australia's elite soccer competition.

The clubs will take control of the A-League before Christmas, which they have been angling to do for several seasons, ever since the end of the war within the game which saw Steven Lowy ousted as FFA chairman two years ago.

The clubs will take control of the marketing and commercialisation of the A-League and will be able to lead the drive for outside investors. With several clubs facing massive financial pressure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic fresh capital is crucial in the short term.

They will also be responsible for drawing up the fixture in conjunction with FFA, which wants the competition to move to winter so that it runs in tandem with the rest of the lower-tier leagues in Australia.

FFA will become the regulator, and will have the final say over issues like the introduction of promotion and relegation, and expansion.

Many within the game are pushing for promotion and relegation to eventually be implemented after the institution of a national second division, but there are disputes over the timing of its introduction amid some concerns over how it might affect the viability of some A-League clubs.

FFA chief executive James Johnson said discussions over several months have now produced a resolution.

"We are the final stage of the unbundling process and have reached an agreement with the clubs and member federations," he said.

"The unbundling is now being operationalised and will come into full effect for the start of this coming A-League and W-League season.
"The clubs will become the league's owner and operator and the FFA will become the regulator of the Australian professional game."

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