Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

FFA looks to block working group’s governance changes

FFA looks to block working group’s governance changes
August 1, 2018
Legal / Sport /

Sweeping governance changes proposed for Football Federation Australia by a FIFA-backed working group appear likely to fail.

As of a deadline set for yesterday the eight-member congress review working group submit their document to the world governing body on how FFA's membership should be expanded to comply with FIFA statutes.

Once approved, FIFA will direct the group's proposal be adopted at an FFA Special General Meeting by 7th September.

However, it is understood a furious late lobbying effort from FFA has all but ensured the working group's changes will be blocked if they go to a vote.

An amendment to FFA's constitution is required to pass the changes, which means 75% of the current 10-member congress must vote in favour.

FFA has reportedly convinced Capital Football and Football Federation Northern Territory to vote against it, and they are believed to be supported by at least one other state federation.

Those three votes are enough to block the changes.

FFA's position, and that of the state federations backing the national body, is that the working group's recommendations would tip the balance of power too far in the favour of A-League clubs, putting at risk the proportion of funding currently allocated to grassroots football and youth national teams.

FFA is also unhappy that the structure of the congress working group does not account for the views of the state federations who are not part of it.

However, as reported by SBS, a source from inside the working group said the content of its report to FIFA was such that there would be no obvious basis for a state federation to oppose it.

Should the group's proposal not be adopted, FIFA still has the option to step in and undertake the management of football in Australia through a ‘normalisation committee’.

FIFA had the opportunity to sack Chairman Steven Lowy and FFA's board and install a normalisation committee in November 2017 when the last deadline for governance change was not met.

It chose instead to establish the congress review working group in a last-ditch attempt to force a diplomatic solution.

While the appointment of a normalisation committee would appear to be a likley step, the FFA might counter that with potential legal action.

Alternatively, suspension from FIFA would have drastic consequences for the sport in Australia and potentially the Socceroos' defence of their Asian Cup title in January.

This latest dispute between the FFA and its stakeholders comes at a time when collaboration between FFA and the clubs is at its highest point in the last few years.

Other working groups have been formed and are operating cordially to discuss topics such as marquee players, a new collective bargaining agreement for players and the feasibility of a national second division.

But while executives in those two camps might be on good terms, the relationships between Lowy and the A-League club owners remains strained.

Image: The Socceroos win at the 2015 Asian Cup.

Related Articles

28th July 2018 - FFA to conduct youth development review as National Technical Director departs

2nd May 2018 - FFA announces new General Manager Commercial Development appointment

4th April 2018 - Independent chairperson to lead FFA reform

30th March 2018 - Clubs unhappy at lack of FFA consultation over A-League expansion plans

29th March 2018 - FFA moves to add two new clubs to A-League competition

21st January 2018 - Revelations from former FFA Executive set to reopen 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosting controversy

7th December 2017 - FFA Board avoids dismissal as FIFA agrees to lead stakeholder negotiations

30th November 2017 - Reform model rejected at FFA Congress: potential that FIFA will administer football in Australia


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GOPLAY COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUNDS

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

PAYSMART

Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of  treadmills,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business