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February 8, 2017

A-League expansion plans reportedly delayed

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According to News Corp Football Federation Australia will reportedly delay the release of the A-League expansion blueprint.

A-League chief Greg O’Rourke revealed last December that the expansion criteria would be released in February, with two new teams added to the league in the 2018-19 season.

Bids to join the A-League have reportedly come from Wollongong, Tasmania, a joint Brisbane-Ipswich consortium, Geelong and South Melbourne.

FFA issued a statement but failed to mentioned any specific dates as to when expansion plans become public.

“Everyone wants expansion but the simple fact is that if it is not commercially viable it will fail,” FFA chief David Gallop said to News Corp, via a statement.

“FFA will have more to say on this in the coming weeks after engaging with external experts and consulting with the clubs, member federations and other stakeholders.

“With the certainty provided by the new broadcast deal, FFA has been analysing the commercial position of the sport to determine both the feasibility of A-League and W-League expansion and the process to determine where and when expansion should occur.”

Source: Herald Sun


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