Team 11, the consortium based in Melbourne's south-east bidding to secure a license as an A-League expansion club in the 2019-20 season, is flexing its financial muscles further, with the City of Casey ready to commit up to $23.8 million to help develop Casey Fields into a top-flight regional centre for soccer excellence to help boost the bid.
Whole new ball game: City of Casey mayor Geoff Ablett is backing a top-flight centre for soccer excellence at Casey Fields.
Now the City of Casey, one of the nation's fastest-growing municipalities, is on board, with the proposed new centre, expected to be announced within days, to house the region's A-League and W-League club if the Team 11 bid gets up.
City of Casey mayor Geoff Ablett told the Sunday Age the desire to fund a soccer centre of excellence in an area where junior numbers playing the game have mutiplied in recent decades epitomises the council’s determination to see Team 11’s A-League and W-League bid succeed.
"This elite standard facility is for the entire region's soccer community, to be shared by community clubs and schools, providing our kids with the best possible opportunity to become the next Socceroo and Matilda," he said.