Today, the FFA and chairman Chris Nikou announced a discussion paper that entails the plan to bring in a second professional division to the Australian soccer system.
In a statement made today, Nikou said, “There is general consensus between the stakeholders involved in this process, the Association of Australian Football Clubs, Professional Footballers Australia, Member Federations and FFA that a sustainable National Second Division would be a significant step forward for football.”
More comments and a general overview of today’s announcement can be found at this link below:
The paper is 28 pages long, extensively detailing the steps required to implement the second division that would be welcomed with open arms by all Australian soccer stakeholders.
Fans, journalists as well as governing bodies have been clamouring for this for years now, with their cries seemingly no longer falling on deaf ears.
We have spoken previously about the importance of the second division in a previous article. You can find that article via this link below:
The main point of the article was to explain why Australia could be left behind by other countries, should a second division not become a reality.
In the paper, this point is discussed. In section 2.2, the following statement can be found.
“With the possibility of more foreign players being introduced into the top tiers of Australian domestic football, providing a pathway for Australian players is vitally important to enable National Teams of the future to be successful. A National Second Division could enhance that pathway.”
It is clear that the FFA have taken the public’s advice on board and now, they will attempt to bring this vision to life.
A link to the paper can be found from the link further to the top of this article.
What are your thoughts on this announcement?
Are you for or against the implementation of a second division and promotion/relegation system in Australia?
Sound off on social media and let us know what you think. But one thing is for certain.
Exciting times are ahead if the FFA can pull this off.