FIFA/AFC to work with FFA on Congress expansion

Thursday, 6 July 2017 

Staff Writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) will welcome a FIFA/AFC mission to Australia later this month in an effort to end an impasse over expansion of the sport’s membership (Congress).

All stakeholders in Australian football, including the FFA, agree with FIFA and the AFC that FFA’s Congress should be expanded to include more members.  However the 10 current Congress members, who are the only stakeholders entitled to a vote to change its membership, are divided over the make-up of a new Congress.

The FIFA/AFC offer to send a mission follows a decision by FIFA’s Member Associations Committee that a two-stage expansion process proposed by FFA “does not reflect an appropriate representation of all stakeholders”.

The FFA proposal, which evolved over months of discussion with stakeholders and is supported by 80 percent of the Congress members, would have immediately tripled the representation of Hyundai A-League clubs and included a representative of Professional Footballer’s Australia (PFA) for the first time.

The second stage, following a formal consultation process, envisaged further expansion based on the agreement of stakeholders. This second phase expansion would have contemplated further special interest groups as well as any rebalancing of A-League and Member Federation votes.

The second stage was also proposed to have commenced after agreement of a new operating model for the A-League, and would have taken this into account in the further expansion and rebalancing of the Congress. This second-phase would have been overseen by an FFA task force including representatives of Member Federations, A-League Clubs and PFA. This proposal was not supported by the Hyundai A-League clubs, Football NSW or PFA.

FFA’s current Congress comprises one representative from each of the nine member federations who represent the game in their region and a Hyundai A-League representative who is nominated by a majority of the 10 Hyundai A-League clubs.  The Congress has the power to elect the FFA’s independent Board and amend FFA’s constitution.

Under the constitution, in order to expand, 75 percent of voting members must agree to a resolution for it to be passed.  The FFA proposal rejected by the FIFA Member Associations Committee was supported by 80 percent of the voting members and therefore would have been successfully adopted at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Congress.

The FIFA Member Associations Committee is made up of 14 members from Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, France, Iceland, Madagascar, New Caledonia, North Korea, Oman, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands.

“We look forward to working with FIFA and AFC representatives over the coming weeks,” said FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM.  “As I said in March, FFA wants to see an expanded Congress for Australia that reflects the way the game is evolving in this country but also protects and promotes the interests of the whole of the game.

“Our Congress members have differing views on how that should happen so we will continue to work with all parties to find a solution by the end of November.”

Mr Lowy said that the Members Association Committee had advised that it would recommend the establishment of a so-called “normalisation committee” to intervene directly if an acceptable expansion of the Congress was not in place by November 30 this year.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia statement on Garcia report

FFA logo

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) notes the release by FIFA of the Garcia Report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

As the report says, FFA provided “full and valuable co-operation” to the inquiry and former FFA officials involved with the bid co-operated with this and other inquiries into the bid process over the past several years.

The report does not raise substantive new matters that have not already been the subject of other inquiries and/or media coverage since 2009/2010.  It does, however, contain further detail such as email correspondence provided to the inquiry by FFA. The report also states that “the Investigatory Chamber does not intend to pursue formal investigatory proceedings against any individual bid team member.”

FFA reiterates that the financial management of the bid was routinely reported to Government and reviewed by independent external auditors. Its payment to CONCACAF was also investigated by the Australian Federal Police which found that no Commonwealth offence was identified.

FFA has said repeatedly that the bid process for 2018 and 2022 was deeply flawed and that mistakes were made by the Australian bid team.

However, FFA notes that FIFA continues to reform its governance, including relating to future tournament bids, and is confident mistakes of the past will not be repeated.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

@FFA signs Memorandum of Understanding with @DFB_Team

Monday, 26 June 2017

Staff Writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its German counterpart, the Deutscher Fussball Bund (DFB).

In Sochi for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup clash between Australia and Germany earlier this month, FFA Chairman Steven Lowy and CEO David Gallop met with their German counterparts, DFB President Reinhard Grindel and DFB General Secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius ahead of the match to sign the document.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines a number of areas of collaboration between the national governing bodies of football in Australia and Germany, but a central component is a commitment to a jointly administered sport for development project in south-east Asia.

Both FFA and DFB have a history operating sport for development programs in different regions of the world, and this collaboration will mark the first time that the two Member Associations will combine together to deliver a program.

Defender Luke DeVere puts his body on the line when the Caltex Socceroos played Germany in a friendly in 2015.

FFA, in partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation and the Australian Government, has managed Just Play, a sport for development program, since 2009. The program uses football to teach children aged 6-12 about gender equality, hygiene and sanitation and the role an active lifestyle plays in avoiding non-communicable diseases like obesity.

More than 250,000 children across 11 countries in the Pacific have been involved in the program, and a pilot in India beginning in 2016 was the first time that Just Play has gone to Asia.

The DFB runs, in collaboration with a number of organisations,  sport for development programs in seven different countries – Afghanistan, Brazil, Jordan, Colombia, Mozambique, Namibia and the Palestinian Territories.

Staff from the two Member Associations will meet in August this year for a sport for development workshop that will underpin the implementation of the project.

In addition to the joint administration of a sport for development program, there will also be expertise exchanges and information sharing on a number of areas including coaching, grassroots football, marketing and media as well as event management.

This marks the third MOU that FFA has signed in the last two years, with agreements entered into with the J.LEAGUE and the All India Football Federation, and is a continuation of FFA’s commitment to working with football organisations in other countries to grow the beautiful game.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia signs international media rights deal with IMG

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has signed an international media rights deal with IMG.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) has signed an international media rights deal with IMG.

The multimillion dollar deal gives IMG the right to market the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Westfield FFA Cup, as well as selected Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas matches, to broadcasters around the world for six years from the 2017/18 season.

The IMG agreement complements FFA’s new domestic broadcast arrangements made with FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and News Corp in December 2016. The final part of FFA’s broadcast rights, a commercial free to air deal the Ten Network, was recently announced.

David Gallop, CEO, FFA said: “Australian football has never been seen by more people around the world. This deal with IMG provides more funds to invest in the game and will help to enhance the reputation of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and our national teams around the world.”

More Australians will experience the Hyundai A-League than ever before with Network TenChris Guinness, Senior Vice President, IMG Media, Asia said: “Football in Australia is continuing to enjoy an upward curve in terms of quality and interest from around the world with many players from more established leagues now playing their trade in the A-League. We are delighted to have entered into this new partnership with the FFA, amidst very strong interest, and are looking forward to helping them grow media coverage and awareness of Australian football.”

The Hyundai A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) with competition commencing in August 2005. The league is contested by ten teams; nine based in Australia and one in New Zealand.

The Hyundai A-League season runs from October to May followed by a Finals Series involving the top six teams and culminating in the Grand Final. The winner of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final and the top team from the Hyundai A-League regular season (Premiers) received direct qualification to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

FFA statement on Hyundai A-League funding

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Staff Writer

Football Federation Australia today presented details of funding for the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League clubs for 2017-18.

This is part of the broader distribution of funds which also includes Member Federations, programs for the grassroots football community and our national teams as we head into a World Cup year.

In common with most national sporting organisations, the demand for funding from stakeholders is greater than the funds available.

FFA is making significant cuts to its own costs in order to make greater distributions to stakeholders.

The A-League clubs are being provided with an increase in cash funding of 26 percent.

While FFA acknowledges the clubs’ position, it has also pointed out that what is proposed is a 12 month arrangement while work continues to put in place a new ownership and operating model for the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League in order to achieve better financial returns for existing and new investors in the Leagues.

“It was hardly surprising that the owners of the clubs want more money,” said FFA Chief Executive David Gallop, “and we are providing them with more money after reducing FFA’s own costs significantly.

“But the FFA Board also has a responsibility to the 1.1 million participants in community football and our national teams program.

“The only way we can provide the clubs with more money is to cut more funding to the grassroots and junior and senior national teams and we do not believe that is in the interests of football in this country.

“We will continue to work on a new operating model which will change the investment returns for our owners, allow for new investors and new clubs while maintaining funding for the rest of the game. The fact is we recognise the need for a model that will lead to changes across the Hyundai A-League.

“The FFA places the highest importance on the Hyundai A-League and has funded its establishment and maintained its operations since 2004.

“The suggestion by the clubs that FFA will return less than 50 percent of the revenue generated by the clubs in the coming year is totally incorrect.  The reality is that FFA spending on the Hyundai A-League in 2017-18 closely matches revenue generated by the League when cash distributions and league operating costs such as team travel, player insurance and match officials which are paid for centrally are taken into account.

“If the Hyundai A-League was a stand-alone entity all of these costs would still need to be met. For this reason, the distribution communicated is affordable, without placing undue pressure on other areas of the game.”


Source : Football Federation Australia

Football bands together to support flood affected clubs

Australia’s extended football family has joined forces to provide support for flood affected football clubs in south-east Queensland and Northern NSW following Cyclone Debbie.
Australia’s extended football family has joined forces to provide support for flood affected football clubs in south-east Queensland and Northern NSW following Cyclone Debbie.

Football Federation Australia (FFA), Football Queensland (FQ) and Football Gold Coast and their commercial partners including Westfield, ALDI, Caltex, Nike, Qantas, nab, Mitre, Foxtel and Summit Sport have joined together with Socceroos legend Archie Thompson to provide some moral support and practical assistance as communities try to resume normal life.

ALDI MiniRoos Ambassador and Socceroos legend Archie Thompson was joined at Murwillumbah FC by club president Darren Mackay and Football Gold Coast General Manager Damien Bresic to announce the support being provided and personally deliver some of the donated items.

FFA CEO David Gallop paid tribute to the corporate partners who provided assistance and resources for clubs in the region.

More than 10 clubs in Queensland are being helped while others are being identified in northern NSW.

“Everyone has seen the devastation and damage caused by the floods in the region either side of the Queensland and New South Wales border,” said Gallop.

“To have a host of FFA’s corporate partners put their hand up to help local football clubs in the region get back on their feet is yet another sign of the football community coming together and demonstrates the strength and unity of football.”

“We thank each of the organisations who have donated to the cause and also Archie Thompson for taking the time to visit the region after all of the tribulations clubs have faced due to the floods.”

As part of his visit Thompson also conducted an ALDI Miniroos coaching clinic with kids from Murwillumbah FC.

Australia’s extended football family has joined forces to provide support for flood affected football clubs in south-east Queensland and Northern NSW following Cyclone Debbie.“The day has been awesome. The turnout by the associations that are here, the kids, the parents, you can see the smiles and it’s really reassuring to know we’ve got that support,” said club president Mackay.

“It gives a spark to our players and parents, and this assistance will really help us get back on top of things after the floods.”

“It is really heart warming knowing we have got the support from the football community locally, at state level and nationally.”

In addition, Logan Lightning FC, Gold Coast Knights FC, Ipswich Knights FC, Murwillumbah FC and the Capalaba Bulldogs have been invited to play at half time of the Hyundai A-League 2017 Finals Series match between Brisbane Roar FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC tonight at Suncorp Stadium.


Source : Football Federation Australia

Discussions on expansion of football’s congress to continue

FFA congress.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has accepted a call from stakeholders to extend the time available for members of its Congress to discuss expansion of the sport’s representative body before bringing the matter to a vote at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

Based on discussions to date, there is insufficient support by Congress members for any one model of expansion for it to pass at an EGM.

FFA and stakeholders including Member Federations, Hyundai A-League clubs and the players’ association, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have held various meetings over recent months on the make-up of an expanded Congress with a view to making changes by an FFA-nominated date of March 31. FIFA and AFC have been kept informed on each step of the process to date.

The current Congress comprises one representative from each of the nine member federations who represent the game in their region and a Hyundai A-League representative who speaks on behalf of the 10 Hyundai A-League clubs.  The Congress has the power to elect the FFA’s independent Board and amend FFA’s constitution.

Under the constitution, in order to expand, 75 percent of voting members must agree to a resolution for it to be passed.  The FFA Board does not have a vote.


Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy AM.“FFA wants to see an expanded Congress for Australia that reflects the way the game is evolving in this country but also safeguards the significant progress made through the reforms of 12 years ago,” said FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM.

“We have kept FIFA and AFC briefed on progress to date and they understand that the current Congress members and other stakeholders need more time to consider these matters.

“We will continue to facilitate the dialogue to push for a resolution of these discussions but all stakeholders recognise that the issues require careful examination on a number of levels. Our next Annual Congress meeting is due in November 2017 and we have agreed with FIFA and AFC to find a resolution  with our stakeholders and to ensure there is an  expanded FFA Congress at our AGM in November 2017.”


Source : Football Federation Australia

Football represented at NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

There was whole of football representation at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, a gala to recognise and celebrate the inherent multiculturalism and diversity in the state of NSW.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Staff Writer
There was whole of football representation at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, a gala to recognise and celebrate the inherent multiculturalism and diversity in the state of New South Wales.

Representatives from Football Federation Australia, Football NSW and three Hyundai A-League clubs; the Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, were seated across two tables at the function, which was attended by over 1,500 people.

In addition to a celebration of multicultural NSW, another similarity between all communities present at the Harmony Dinner was a love of football, the world game.

Alongside the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, won by the Westfield Matildas in China, was the 2015 AFC Asian Cup – a lasting symbol of one of the most multiculturally diverse and inclusive sporting events ever hosted in Australia.

Only one team out of the 16 Asian countries represented at the tournament could lift the trophy, and it was the Caltex Socceroos – for the first time, and on home soil – with a team including over 13 unique ethnic backgrounds, showing the true diversity of Australia’s Men’s National Team and the power of football.

Premier’s Harmony Dinner

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian took a photo with the trophy, along with her parliamentary colleague the Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, and representatives from Multicultural NSW – Chairman Dr. G. K Harinath OAM and CEO Hakan Harman.

FFA CEO David Gallop AM commented on the evening, saying “Events like the Premier’s Harmony Dinner and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup are hugely important in showcasing and celebrating the diversity of culture in Australia.

Football is the one sport capable of uniting all cultures, and it is our mission to continue to ensure the game is as inclusive and accessible as possible.”

FFA would also like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and those who were inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll at the event.

Twitter: @m_culturalnsw

Source : Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia starts detailed work on ownership models and expansion

ANZ Stadium.

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) will this week begin the detailed work with Hyundai A-League /Westfield W-League clubs to develop a new ownership and operating model for both leagues.

The feasibility of and criteria for expansion of the leagues under a new model will be further developed as part of the process.

The need to attract more investment into football was discussed by FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM, CEO David Gallop AM and senior executives with club chairmen on February 14. The existing joint working group, which includes four Club Chairmen, will meet to discuss this on Thursday.

Analysis of football’s financial position following the conclusion of a new six year broadcasting agreement in December last year shows that rapid growth in the game generally – and expansion of the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League in particular – will require significant more capital investment.  Changing the ownership and operating model would create a more attractive opportunity for current and prospective investors.

A general view of AAMI Park during Saturday night's Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory clash.The FFA’s analysis found that expanding the Hyundai A-League by two teams under the current model would result in net losses over the next six years.  This is because grant distributions to the new clubs, and the increase in costs to FFA for operational matters such as transport would be greater than the additional revenue the clubs would generate through broadcast arrangements and sponsorships. As the FFA is a not-for-profit organisation that redistributes all of its income into the clubs and other parts of the game, such losses are not sustainable.

“We recently advised the clubs that we must explore a new model for the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League. We agree that we need to protect the value of the existing licences in which the current owners have invested,” said Mr Gallop.

“We want to expand the leagues but this has to happen as part of a new structure.  That’s why we are now working with the clubs to determine the future structure of the leagues and the criteria for expansion.

“We will examine these issues in detail and expect this work will take months rather than weeks.  We know that those consortia that have expressed an interest in joining the league would want to be part of something that is financially sustainable and attractive as a sound investment.”

Football Federation CEO David Gallop.FFA is engaging a corporate advisory firm to assist with developing models for a new structure and to provide advice on the financial aspects of the expansion process.

“The decisions we make around the future of the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League will have an impact on every aspect of football in Australia,” said Mr Gallop.  “That’s why we want to work with the clubs and other stakeholders on changes that benefit the whole game.”

Mr Gallop said FFA would provide updates on the process over the months ahead.  While it was too soon to predict when expansion might occur, it would not happen before the 2018-19 season.


Source : Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia continues stakeholder engagement on expansion of FFA congress

A-League Grand Final.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has proposed changes to its constitution which would significantly expand representation of key stakeholders in the sport’s Congress in Australia.

FFA today met with representatives of the Member Federations and discussed options for change which would increase representation of Hyundai A-League clubs and key groups in the game such as players, women’s football, coaches and referees.

There was unanimous agreement on the principle of expanding the Congress.  Member Federation representatives will now consult stakeholders in their own constituencies.

FFA will continue its consultation tomorrow with Hyundai A-League club chairmen and on Friday with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

FFA intends to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Congress by the end of March to consider a special resolution to amend the Constitution of FFA based on the outcome of the stakeholder consultation process.

The current 10-member Congress consists of a representative from each of the nine Member Federations and one representative for the Hyundai A-League clubs.

The Congress is responsible for approving changes to the FFA Constitution and also nominating and electing directors to the independent FFA Board.

FFA Chairman Steven Lowy said there was general consensus that it was time for football to evolve.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy AM.“FFA remains committed to its role as a strong, independent custodian of football in Australia, promoting growth and development of the sport from the grassroots to professional level and national teams for women and men,” he said.

“But we also recognise that we need to adapt as the game evolves in Australia.”

Mr Lowy told the meeting that FFA recognised that it was also time to look at new operating and ownership models for the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League.

“We need to attract more capital and expertise to our clubs and game. FFA believes part of the answer lies in the way the leagues are structured,” he said. “We will begin this conversation with the club Chairmen tomorrow.

“This will be an important consideration as FFA moves ahead with plans to expand the number of Hyundai A-League clubs.”

Mr Lowy said FFA would work with the clubs, the Member Federations and seek expert external advice to conduct a rigorous examination of different league ownership and operating models, including those in place overseas.



Source : Football Federation Australia