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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Chairman Steven Lowy confirms FFA’s plans to expand A-League to up to 16 teams

Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has confirmed the governing body’s aim to expand the A-League to up to 16 teams, but ruled out the possibility of allowing an independent body to govern the competition.
Nanjing Night Net

Speaking as a guest at Sydney FC’s season launch, Lowy agreed with the plea from Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou that the competition must undergo significant expansion in future years, potentially adding six new clubs.

The issue is becoming increasingly important for the FFA, which is aiming for large-scale growth of the competition that could rival other codes in terms of the number of professional clubs.

The timing and structure of expansion will rely on revenue from the next broadcast deal and depend on the financial security of the existing 10 clubs whose owners have been given a greater voice in the direction of the game. However, Lowy was quick to quash any suggestions the owners could have a controlling stake in the competition with an independent body similar to that of major football leagues in Europe.

“The league needs to grow, we need more than 10 teams,” Lowy said. “Ange’s book that came out a couple of weeks ago, he’s calling for 15 to 16 teams, I think he’s right. It’s a matter of time to get there in the way that we don’t have some of the stumblings of the past and we build sustainable teams going forward.”

Despite being a guest speaker at Sydney FC’s launch, Lowy took a subtle swipe at the Sky Blues board who fought publicly against the potential introduction of a third team in the city. A southern Sydney team remains among the front runners to be granted an A-League licence, despite the region being a key membership base for Sydney FC.

Lowy suggested clubs should not interfere with the expansion process on the basis of their own agendas if it comes at the cost of the greater good of domestic football.

“Those [expansion] teams are going to butt up against existing teams and some existing clubs won’t like that,” he said. “But we have to look past that and not look to be influenced by the politics, but be influenced by the ultimate growth of the game itself.”

Meanwhile, Adelaide United could make a late addition to their A-League squad with the club understood to be in talks to sign Taylor Regan as an injury replacement player. The former Newcastle Jets central defender spent the past season with Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan and is in negotiations with the A-League champions to replace Jordan Elsey, who suffered a season-ending injury.

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