D-Day arrives as Nikou to face first AGM as chairman

Football Federation Australia (FFA) will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday the 21st of November to decide who will be included on the FFA’s board as one of the directors.

In a report by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Vince Rugari, there are four names who have been nominated by FFA’s congress.

All four nominees are vying for two spare spots on the panel, with the double void left by Kelly Bayer Rosmarin and Crispin Murray who were directors during the Lowy era and had resigned before the upcoming AGM.

With the pending changes to be made, the flow on affect will be how it impacts the path towards a second division or national championship.

A step in the right direction must be made now to ensure it can be smooth sailing for the planned league structure going forward, which the new board wouldn’t want to stall on.

As to who could join the panel, each of them have unique and different backgrounds and while not directly linked to football, they have all put themselves in the running with different attributes and credentials.

These have been reported to be Shane Healy, Carla Wilshire, Robyn FitzRoy and John Marinopoulos.

Healy has been the media and communications manager for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2015 but has been more prominent as the general member of radio station 3AW and sister station 6PR in Perth spanning across 15 years.

Wilshire is the chief executive officer for Migration Council Australia which is a not-for-profit advocacy and research body that she helped build from the ground up following her time as chief of staff to the federal minister for multicultural affairs.

FitzRoy is the founder and principal of Ixion Corporation, a board governance consultancy. Beforehand, he was working in the banking sector.

Marinopoulos is a Melbourne-based partner for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, that concentrates on infrastrcuture and urban renewal. PwC took over the reigns from consultancy firm Strategic Intelligence late in 2016, which Marinopoulos was a founder of.

Two of the four losted above will join the current board including chairman Chris Nikou, Joseph Carrozzi, Remo Nogarotto, Mark Bresciano and Amy Duggan. Heather Reid the deputy chair is currently on leave of absence due to medical reasons but will most likely regain her place when she returns.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/catholic-church-s-melbourne-comms-boss-in-mix-for-ffa-board-20191115-p53azi.html

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Labor set to deliver infrastructure upgrades to Northern NSW Football clubs


Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is set to welcome nine promised infrastructure upgrades from the Labor Government following the party’s win at the Federal election.

The commitments are a result of NNSWF’s strategy to lobby Federal MPs as part of its key strategic priority of Places to Play, as well as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Legacy plan.

The commitments are from Labor candidates standing for election on Saturday.

“We thank sitting MPs and candidates who have made pledges to support football within their electorate,” NNSWF CEO David Eland said in a statement via the organisation.

“One of our priorities as part of our 2021-2023 Strategic Plan is ‘Places to Play’. So these commitments are not a coincidence. They are reflective of the work NNSWF and Member Zone staff have done over a number of years.”

NNSWF launched a comprehensive Facilities Audit in 2018 to capture data on more than 200 football facilities across northern NSW. A priority projects list was established in conjunction with clubs to advocate with all levels of government.

The NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy was then released in 2020. From this, NNSWF developed seven Local Infrastructure Strategies consisting of data from the audit and outlined a strategic direction to cater for the increase in participation based on five pillars:

  • Planning for growth and demand
  • Improve existing venue capacity
  • Inclusive football facilities
  • Homes of football
  • Partnerships and investment

“Football is the largest team participation sport in NSW with our current rapid growth certain to continue,” Eland continued.

“We needed to plan for the future and identify the needs of our sport for those that currently play and for those that want to but can’t.

“We identified at the time that there could have been as many as 30,000 additional players across NSW that could have played in 2019 if they had access to a football facility.

“What we are doing is ensuring that football has the infrastructure and facilities to continue to grow into the future and players will have access to quality places to play wherever they are in our region.”

The clubs set to receive much-needed infrastructure upgrades following Labor’s election win are:

  • Wallsend FC, Wallsend DDC ($286,000 for ground improvements, including irrigation on both fields)
  • Newcastle Olympic FC ($625,000 for amenity improvements and a new grandstand)
  • Maitland FC ($2,000,000 to upgrade lighting and to develop new amenities and a function centre)
  • Valentine FC ($184,000 for amenities upgrades)
  • Dudley United Senior FC ($320,000 for gender neutral amenities upgrade, disability access and toilets)
  • Garden Suburbs FC ($400,000 for female friendly changerooms)
  • Singleton Strikers FC (3,000,000 for upgrades to three full fields, multi-use court, upgraded amenities and carpark)
  • Edgeworth FC ($65,000 for fencing, completion of lighting project and completion of dish drainage)
  • Thornton JFC ($150,000 for lighting upgrade to two fields and new lighting to MiniRoos area)

This week’s football funding news ahead of election

Australia’s Federal election commences on Saturday, with the final rounds of funding and promises rolled out across the week.

Both major parties once again made their commitments across various states, both on and off the pitch, and more broadly for issues surrounding community and national sport.

Tasmania and New South Wales will both benefit further from the Morrison Government if re-elected, while other communities and broadcasters were given promises by Labor.


The Labor Party will commit $2.5M to upgrade the Kariong Sporting Precinct if it wins government on May 21. Based in the NSW suburb of Kariong – just west of Gosford – the upgrades will aim to make the precinct more inclusive.

While the Precinct is host to many different sporting clubs and organisations, it is also home to Kariong United FC.

Announced by Candidate for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid, and Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, it is an addition to the state-wide focus on investing in female football.

While not funding, Labor leader Anthony Albanese pledged to support local TV and free sporting events, including football events, if elected.

The Labor Party will review anti-siphoning laws if elected to ensure that major sporting events are available for free instead of behind paywalls of streaming services.


The Liberal Party announced on Tuesday that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Meanwhile in NSW, it was announced on Monday that $3 million would go to upgrading sporting facilities at Harrie Dening Football Centre and Prince Edward Park in Kareela

The proposed funding will help deliver an equaliser for the Sutherland Shire football community in a state-wide commitment to female football.

The equaliser campaign is designed to support grassroots for clubs to deliver new and improved female friendly facilities.

The funding to Prince Edward Park will go towards raising the oval, sports field lighting, improved car park and playground and fitness space renewals.

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