A-League clubs forge towards independence from FFA despite haggling

The A-League remains on course to become independent of Football Federation Australia for next season, but a delay on the separation is likely as the New Leagues Working Group struggles to  agree  to terms over the split by  the Sunday deadline.

The Sydney Morning Herald understands that the group will announce its recommendations for a new structure that will give clubs full ownership over their licences but will   request  an extension from the March 31 deadline to finalise  the new A-League model.

Discussions continuing: FFA chairman Chris Nikou, front, and CEO David Gallop. Credit:AAP

The clubs, FFA and players union are in agreement that the A-League should be owned and operated by the clubs rather than FFA, and that the overwhelming majority of revenue generated by the competition be retained by it. The transition is supported to encourage club owners to invest in the A-League, spend money on marquee players, and fund junior club academies with the incentive of    more returns on investment and increasing value in the competition and their licences.

However, differences over the split of revenue and finer details of the structure remain unresolved after six weeks of negotiations between stakeholders and appear certain to lead to a delay in the new structure being finalised.


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