“In the men’s competition, I’m looking forward to some competitive games throughout the season and seeing how the teams react to how those matches at the bottom end of the table,” Brown said.
“In previous years those teams didn’t have a lot to play for with finals out of their reach, but now they’re battling to avoid relegation.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing those NPL2 teams battling it out of that premiership spot and to fulfilling their aspirations of playing in the top tier.
“As you can imagine, clubs in NPL2 are very excited about it because previously their only opportunity to play in the top tier was through an administrative decision made at a desk.
“They are excited to have football make the decision about who should be playing in the top tier. A decision on the park instead of a desk, which is great.”
“Traditionalist will always value the premiership more than the grand final and there are some associations [in Australia] that still don’t play finals. But we’ll still have finals.”
Brown has also delivered a referee review implementation plan designed to stamp out abuse of referees this season.
It comes in the wake of death threats, physical and verbal abuse, or waiting outside for someone forced to lock themselves in a change room, last season.
“We’ll take a very strong stance against incidents of poor behaviour towards referees and a much more consistent application of sanctions around any breaches,” Brown said.
“There are life bans if someone does something like physically impacting a referee, that’s absolutely in the scope of sanctions.
“I think [the plan] is going to set a good base for the development of referees for us to try to increase the quantity by reducing the churn and retaining more referees and addressing some of the behaviour towards referees.
“Hopefully, it will help people better appreciate the role they play in the game. Football is much better with a referee than without.”
Capital Football will launch its season on Thursday before the first game on April 6. The governing body will also and welcome a Wagga team to the women’s league.
“I’m forward to seeing how Wagga go in their entry in and seeing how that livens up the league,” Brown said.
“It’s going to be great to see how they come in and over time I’m looking forward to seeing the emergence of their Riverina derby with the Rhinos.”
Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times