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Australian women footballers take step towards professionalism

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s women footballers took a step towards professionalism Monday with pay rises and better employment conditions agreed as the nation works to build on the success of the Matildas national team.

Until now, many players in the domestic W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses.

Australia captain Jedinak out of World Cup showdowns

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup have been dealt a blow after injury concerns forced skipper Mile Jedinak out of a 23-man squad to face Japan and Thailand in crunch qualifiers.

Jedinak missed the Confederations Cup in June with a groin injury, and has yet to play for his English Championship club Aston Villa this season.

Australia skipper Jedinak out of FIFA Confederations Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil and this month’s Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia’s 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange Postecoglou said with the Socceroos to play at least four games in 13 days an unfit Jedinak was too much of a risk.

Australia skipper Jedinak out of FIFA Confederations Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil and this month’s Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia’s 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange Postecoglou said with the Socceroos to play at least four games in 13 days an unfit Jedinak was too much of a risk.

Brazil football great Roberto Carlos eyes Australia

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Sydney (AFP) – Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos is keen to coach Australian side South Melbourne, who are pushing to join an expanded domestic A-League.

The 44-year-old, famous for his stunning free kicks, held talks in the city on Monday with club officials.

“What I’ve seen here has moved me, the complex and the people,” the former Real Madrid defender, who has previously coached in Turkey, told reporters.

Video ref to be used in Australia’s A-League

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s A-League will become the first top-level domestic football league in the world to implement the video assistant referee system, officials said on Monday.

After six months of training and lower-tier live trials, Football Federation Australia’s director of referees Ben Wilson said he was confident most teething issues had been resolved.

Australia wait on fate of Thailand World Cup tie

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Sydney (AFP) Australia could play their World Cup qualifier against Thailand on neutral territory if efforts fail to keep the match in Bangkok following the death of King Bhumibol, Football Federation Australia said on Monday.

The venue for the November 15 match has been in limbo since the world's longest-reigning monarch died Thursday aged 88, after years of ill health, plunging Thailand into mourning.

Australia vows five-year bans after Greece flare fracas

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Melbourne (AFP) Football Federation Australia on Wednesday promised five-year bans for fans who lit flares before and during the Socceroos' clash with Greece, which was marred by pre-match scuffles.

Melbourne has a large Greek community and hundreds of fans marched from the city's "Little Athens" precinct on Tuesday evening towards Etihad Stadium, with mounted police moving in after flares were ignited.

Australia Joins ASEAN Football Federation

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DILI (27 Aug 2013) – The Football Federation Australia (FFA) were admitted as a full member to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) following an AFF Extraordinary Congress in Dili, Timor Leste yesterday.

FFA's admission – decided by way of a unanimous vote by the 11 Member Associations of AFF – will enable Australian National Teams to participate in AFF competitions and ensure Australia enjoys full political membership of the regional body.

Jordan manager detained by Australian immigration officials ahead of World Cup qualifier

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Jordan manager Adnan Hamad was detained and held for about four hours by immigration officials at Melbourne Airport when his team arrived ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Australia on Tuesday. Both Jordan and Australia are on seven points in Group B of the AFC's fourth round of qualifying.

U.S. Soccer Announce Hiring Of New USWNT Head Coach

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By GARRETT CLEVERLEY

U.S. soccer has announced the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the next head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Currently the head coach of the Australia Women's National Team, Sermanni will take over head coaching responsibilities on January 1st, after he fulfills his obligations with the Football Federation of Australia.

Australia versus Japan is a battle for the ages

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Japan has the highest proportion of elderly citizens of any country in the world. The irony is when the Samurai Blue takes to the pitch against Australia tonight, it's the Socceroos who'll attract all the attention for their age.
The Australian team which drew 0-0 in its opening fourth round World Cup qualifier against Oman had a combined average age of almost 32.

Key Australian executives added to AFC Asian Cup 2015 LOC

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Football Federation Australia is "ramping up" preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 with the appointment of new members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC). The tournament is the pinnacle event of the 46 nation Asian Football Confederation, the largest affiliated continental constituent of the world football body, FIFA.

A-League: It’s all about Harry Kewell

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A-League: It's all about Harry Kewell - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Harry Kewell.

A show-pony. A drama queen. The best football player to come out of Australia.

Just the mention of his name prompts the football fan to offer their opinions. It's impossible not to, given his remarkably high-profile successes and failures.

Dailymotion Video on: Lowy appeals for Cup review

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Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has called for an investigation into the decision to award Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : ABCau Author: tvnportal Tags: Posted: 13 June 2011 Rating: 0.0 Votes: 0

Australia: little merit 'making an empty gesture' at FIFA congress.

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According to the 7.30 program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Football Federation Australia has "issued a statement saying it has expressed concern about the World Cup bid process being flawed, and that while major reform of FIFA is overdue, it didn't see much merit in making an empty gesture alongside a small minority at the congress.

Two A-League Footballers Banned for Diving

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Big diving controversy in Australia this week, which I found out about while reading David's post on the A-League Offside blog. Patricio Perez of the Central Coast Mariners and Michael Baird of Perth Glory both won penalties over the weekend with suspicious looking falls to the floor. Not so strange, because that happens in every football league in the world.

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Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

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Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act.

The FFA issued a show-cause notice on Wanderers, foreshadowing a likely hefty fine, ahead of the Sydney club’s Asian Champions League opener against Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

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Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act.

The FFA issued a show-cause notice on Wanderers, foreshadowing a likely hefty fine, ahead of the Sydney club’s Asian Champions League opener against Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

Australia Nike 2012/13 Away Jersey

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The Australia Nike 2012/13 away jersey was launched on Sunday. According to the Football Federation Australia website: Nike have designed a new away kit for the Qantas Socceroos to celebrate...

Melbourne Victory captain Muscat banned for 8 weeks

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne Victory captain Manny Muscat will likely end his career in Australian football's A-League under suspension after being banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle. Muscat, a Malta international, was handed the ban for a tackle on the Melbourne Heart's Adrian Zahra during a heated derby last weekend.

Marketing dollars for league well down – and so are crowd figures

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Football Federation Australia is spending less than half the amount marketing the A-League in this, its sixth season, than it did when the competition started in August 2005. The game's governing body is investing between $2 million and $2.5m on marketing, media support, advertising and other promotional activity for 2010-11, a season where the on-field standards have probably never been higher but the attendance figures never more disappointing.

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Chinese firm swoops for Australia’s Jets

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Sydney (AFP) Chinese high-tech company Ledman Group was Tuesday unveiled as the new owner of Australian team Newcastle Jets, with millionaire chairman Martin Lee saying he is excited by the club's potential.

The Jets have been under the stewardship of Football Federation Australia since May last year when the body seized the team licence from mining tycoon Nathan Tinkler amid financial problems.

Chinese firm swoops for Australia’s Jets

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Sydney (AFP) Chinese high-tech company Ledman Group was Tuesday unveiled as the new owner of Australian team Newcastle Jets, with millionaire chairman Martin Lee saying he is excited by the club's potential.

The Jets have been under the stewardship of Football Federation Australia since May last year when the body seized the team licence from mining tycoon Nathan Tinkler amid financial problems.

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Melbourne chief calls for visa rethink

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It appears that not only Sydney FC fans are excited by the arrival of Italy superstar Alessandro del Piero because now Melbourne Victory managing director, Richard Wilson, has argued on news soccer networks for a rethink on the number of visa players A-League clubs can sign.

Football Federation Australia and its technical director, Han Berger, have stuck steadfastly to the principal that the quota of foreigners allowed to play Down Under should be cut.

Brawl bother down under

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Football Federation Australia today finds itself dealing with an altogether different headlines and an inquiry into an ugly brawl between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix at Weston, while new A-League chief Damien de Bohun might have hoped for a gentler introduction to life in his new role.

There can be no condoning the nasty exchange that cleared both benches in front of 2,000 fans but a slap on the wrist is all that is required here.

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Kickette Catch Up: Your Holiday Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Stephen Ireland wouldn't dare forget to bring his snakeskin pants to Ronaldinho's next pyjama party...would he?

If you think this is good, just wait.

It gets better.

Saturday

- We offered our steamiest congrats to Barcelona's Victor Valdes, who received the Catalan Athlete of the year award.

Sally Pearson inspires Primary School Soccer

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"It's been great. Just seeing Sally Pearson win her Gold Medal race at the World Championships has really inspired everyone involved in Primary School Soccer this week," said young Athletics Coach Tiny Passmore.

The Primary School Soccer Tournament is on in Canberra all week and despite all the talk of FFA's revolution of Small Sided Games the girls are playing on the biggest pitch at the recently and more appropriately renamed Hawker Junior Athletics Centre.

Canberra boys back in the big time in NSW - finally!

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Great news for Canberra's boys - they finally have somewhere to test their skills outside of the confines of the local (tiny) boundary.

And it's one of our newest clubs, Boomerangs FC leading the way.

With Canberra FC back in the NSW Cup - okay it's only a limited number of games but it's a start - and now the Boomerangs in the TOP NSW Futsal league finally, finally our boys post-15 might get some opportunities worthy of their developing talents.

Average A-League Salary $40k More Than MLS

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From Down Under:

"The average salary in the A-League is far more than the average salary in the MLS, but that's a league that's been around for more than 15 years, in a huge market and with average crowds of 16,000. I can't see any single reason for the fact that the salaries in Australia are higher than they are in the U.

Australia: Thank your Coach - Suspense could be worse than Valentines Day

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Great initiative from the FFA:

There's a few I'd like to...well shall we say not thank....but great initiative and I'll be waiting by my phone and facebook page all day.

Suspense could be worse than Valentines Day

On Saturday 30th October 2010 Football Federation Australia (FFA) will celebrate the Asian Football Confederation's "Asian Coaches Day" by encouraging all current and former football players around Australia to get in contact with a current or former coach who has had a positive influence on their football development, whether by phone, text, email, facebook, twitter or in person, to thank them for their support

"Asian Coaches Day" will be observed throughout the region as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) celebrates 2010 as "Asian Coaches Year".

Capital City to embarrass FFA 12th licence

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Australia are sure to win the rights to host the Asia Cup in 2015, we're the only bidders. Although with the FFA we could still lose that!

And it will be a great tournament, one Australia could win.

But what plonker planning this bid has chosen to sink 6 or more games of this tournament into Canberra.

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Remember when the Matildas didn't have to post suggestive photos on Facebook?

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Via Steve Giada, the Washington Freedom's Lisa De Vanna is in trouble back in Australia for posting suggestive photos to Facebook and letting her friends make lewd comments about them.

An Australian Matildas soccer player has been forced to remove sexually suggestive photos from her Facebook profile after a 13-year-old fan found them while looking up her sporting hero online.

Australian Matildas Player In Trouble Over Facebook Sex Pics

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By Ollie Irish

Australian Matildas forward Lisa De Vanna has been forced to remove sexually suggestive photos from her Facebook profile after a 13-year-old fan found them after looking up her sporting hero online.

Football Federation Australia ordered De Vanna to take down the images after a complaint from the girl's mother.

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Alternate Indonesia Aussie Ambitions

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I don't make this shit up. I couldn't. Despite leaving my logic locked up in a left luggage locker at Heathrow I am still prone to WTF moments but in Indonesia them moments are less moments and more fully fledged soap operas.

Today Indonesia is sending a team to play Vietnam in a friendly ahead of the AFF Cup later this year.

Melbourne Victory oppose Clive Palmer

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Melbourne Victory released the following statement today in regards to the ongoing feud between Clive Palmer and Football Federation Australia. Chairman Anthony Di Pietro said: "The establishment of a separate football body and the airing of club matters, that should be managed via the appropriate channels, are divisive and counter-productive to the growth, development and future of football

QPR Report Wednesday Update..."Vesatile as an Egg" Zelic Makes Hall of Fame

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(From the Bushman Photo Archives) (40+ Years Later: Alive and Well in the USA)
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- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general.

FFA unleashes marketing for the fans

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The timing is crucial – Football Federation Australia has unleashed the most expensive marketing campaign for the A-League since its debut campaign in 2005.

Mark Arbib: Nearpost loves your humour

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TAYLOR AUERBACH: Yeah, my question is to Mark. As Federal Minister of Australian sport, could you perhaps tell us how many players are on an AFL side?

MARK ARBIB: That's a good question. I'm going to tell you I don't know.


Outraged the AFL are. Andrew, wads of money, Demitriou will have Arbib on a plane to Melbourne before you can say Football Federation Australia.

Melbourne Heart: Number One Plonker?

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And Heart chief executive Scott Munn said the huge demand for the game - the first genuine derby in the new competition's six-season history - should send a clear message to Football Federation Australia that the season should start in October, two months later than it does.


''I don't think we need to play 30 weeks.