Two FFA directors will be part of the 'New Leagues Working Group' that will put forward a plan by the end of March to spin off the A-League from federation control. Get this right and it could turbo-charge the sport. Fail, and it could be fatal.
FFA is said to be in a huge financial hole and it won't get any better in the short-term, with Lowy-aligned sponsors Westfield, NAB and Caltex unlikely to renew their deals. How can FFA pay for its operations, especially when they lose control of the A-League?
Why are registration fees so expensive? Where does the money go? Price is a huge barrier to growing football's participation base and it is keeping working-class players and families out of the game. The new board must resolve this.
Can it happen? Is it feasible? The new board must examine the AAFC's proposed model and conduct serious research of their own to find out once and for all. Winning over some parts of the 'old soccer' community won't be possible until a clear pyramid system is in place with promotion to and relegation from the A-League.
When will the new A-League teams also be granted women's sides? And when will the W-League grow to a full home-and-away season? With women's sport booming, these questions can't fall by the wayside.