FFA considering A-League restructure

Frustrated A-League club owners could be offered more control of the competition when they meet with Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Tuesday.

FFA met with state and territory governing bodies on Monday and received "unanimous agreement on the principle of expanding" voting rights within the national body's congress, which elects members of the FFA board.

A-League club owners are determined to negotiate a better deal with FFA as the latter looks to reform its constitution and allocate funds from the competition's new broadcast deal.

A-League clubs demand more power

Last week, Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro outlined the clubs' collective wish list at an event attended by representatives of five other teams and FFA CEO David Gallop.

FFA chairman Steven Lowy will meet with the A-League chairmen on Tuesday.

There have been reports the clubs want an annual payment of $6million - more than double their current funding - but could be left disappointed, with Lowy hinting in a statement that the offer of more power may be used to offset that.

FFA release reform timeline

"We need to attract more capital and expertise to our clubs and game," Lowy said.

"FFA believes part of the answer lies in the way the leagues are structured. 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 A-League clubs."

The FFA Congress currently has just 10 voting members - representatives of the nine state and territory federations plus one representing A-League clubs.

The state and territory federations agreed on Monday to expand the congress, with A-League clubs, Professional Footballers Australia and women's football amongst the groups likely to benefit.

FFA committed to reform says Lowy

FIFA has given FFA a deadline of March 31 to reform its constitution and voting structure.

FFA has the lowest number of votes of any of FIFA's 211 member associations.

"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," Lowy said. 

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

FFA is consulting with key stakeholders ahead of an extraordinary general meeting of the congress - which is expected by the end of March - to consider a special resolution to amend its constitution.

 

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