Football Federation Australia clarifies Collective Bargaining Agreement processes

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has issued a statement addressing the current status of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

In the statement, FFA announced it continues to work closely with the A-League and W-League Clubs (the Clubs) as the unbundling process continues towards a new model for Australia’s Professional Leagues. The new model is aligned with the in-principle agreement entered into in 2019 and was endorsed by the New Leagues Working Group, the body FFA Congress mandated to create recommendations for the optimal future of Australia’s Professional Football Leagues.

In deference to the in-principle agreement, FFA has gradually implemented practical changes to give the Clubs and its representative body, the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA), more operational control.

For the Clubs and the APFCA, this has included assuming control over the negotiation with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) of the CBA for the Professional Leagues. This change has seen the APFCA assume the role of ‘employer representative’ and negotiator on behalf of the Clubs directly with PFA, who represent the player group on CBA matters.  FFA has taken a more traditional ‘regulator’ role in the negotiations.

This is a process toward the unbundling of the Professional Leagues from FFA.  In time, the Clubs will have operational control of the Professional Leagues that has been sought and debated for many years. This will place Australia in a consistent position with global football frameworks where the Professional Leagues operate as a separate entity under the umbrella of the National Federation.

FFA concluded its statement by reinforcing that it is actively monitoring the negotiations between the APFCA and PFA, and remains committed to supporting both parties in their negotiations. The organisation stated that although it continues to monitor these negotiations, if the parties cannot reach agreement, FFA will enter the negotiations at the appropriate time.

FFA retains the role of negotiating the CBA directly with PFA relating to Australia’s National Teams, the Westfield Matildas and Socceroos.

For more information, visit www.ffa.com.au.

Football Australia appoint financial expert Caroline Veitch

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Football Australia confirm Caroline Veitch will become the new Chief Financial Officer.

Caroline, with over 20 years of experience in consumer-facing organizations, will join CEO James Johnson’s Executive Leadership Team.

Veitch has held senior executive roles at Lion, KPMG, and Endeavour Group, leading high-performing finance teams. Her extensive career in finance is complemented by her expertise in strategy, consulting, change management, and HR.

Her distinctive blend of commercial and corporate experiences, coupled with her capacity to achieve results, enact change, and advance strategy through collaborative efforts across functions, positions her as a natural and compelling leader.

James Johnson, CEO of Football Australia, expressed his enthusiasm for Veitch’s appointment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Caroline Veitch to Football Australia. Her wealth of experience and proven track record in leading finance functions, business transformation, embedding commercial and financial rigour and balancing short- and long-term priorities will be invaluable as we continue to grow and strengthen our organisation,” he said in a statement.

“Caroline’s strategic mindset and leadership skills will be a tremendous asset to our executive team and the broader football community.”

Caroline Veitch shared her excitement about joining Football Australia.

“I am absolutely delighted to take on the role of Chief Financial Officer of Football Australia. Football’s ability to bring people together is unparalleled, and I am excited to work alongside the many different facets of the football community in Australia. Football has a very bright future in Australia and I’m looking forward to being part of shaping that, ensuring that the sport continues to thrive,” she said in a statement.”

Veitch’s appointment marks a significant step forward for Football Australia as the organisation continues to build on its commitment to excellence and innovation in Australian football.

As a female leader it’s important for Veitich to utilise the popularity of the women’s game and the new projected $200m TV deal to build a good financial foundation that invests at all levels.

The Play Our Way grant amongst the local government grants helping grassroots football are only the first step in creating a sustainable base for the sport.

Veitch will be commencing her role on the 26th of August 2024.

Football Australia holds its 21st Annual General Meeting

The twenty-first AGM of Football Australia Limited was held on Thursday, 30 May 2024, at Football South Australia’s offices at ServiceFM Stadium via videoconference and in Adelaide.

The AGM coincided with the release of the Football Australia 2023 Abridged Annual Review.

At the AGM, members reviewed Football Australia’s Financial Report, which uniquely covered the six months ending 31 December 2023.

This transition period followed Football Australia’s shift to a calendar-based financial year, aligning financial reporting with the operational season. Members also reviewed the FY24 Annual Budget and discussed the organisation’s activities during this period.

The Operating Surplus (Before Grants and Distributions) was at an all-time low for the FA between June 2023 and December 2023, with the value at $6.1m loss.

Interestingly, the report showed that $27.7m in total was invested amongst the national teams, with the Matildas getting the bulk of it at $13.45m. Socceroos were given $6.3mil and the rest was shared amongst National Teams support, Women’s and Men’s junior national teams.

An election for a Director position on the Football Australia Board was conducted as per the Constitution. Mr. Joseph Carrozzi AM, nominated by Football South Australia and seconded by Northern New South Wales Football, was re-elected for a term ending at the 2027 AGM.

Additionally, the meeting ratified Dr. Deidre Anderson AM as a member and Chair of the Women’s Football Council, an appointment that received unanimous support.

Following the AGM, the Board convened and unanimously re-elected Mr. Anter Isaac as Chairman and Ms Jaclyn Lee-Joe as Deputy Chair. Chairman Isaac shared his vision for the strategic direction and future ambitions of Football Australia.

“I am delighted to congratulate Joseph Carrozzi on his re-election to the Board, and I warmly welcome Deidre Anderson as a Member and new Chair of the Women’s Football Council,” said Mr. Isaac in his statement.

“Their collective expertise and dedicated leadership are pivotal as we continue to drive our strategic vision and foster growth across all levels of Australian football.

“In my inaugural Chairman’s Report, I am heartened by the transformative journey we’ve embarked on since November 2023. The past six months have been crucial in setting our strategic direction toward sustainability and growth at all levels.

“Our Board has pivoted from short-term, transactional thinking to embrace a strategic, long-term vision, fostering a culture where trust, capability, and capacity thrive.

“This shift is supported by substantial investments in our systems and processes, aligning our operations more closely with the football season to enhance efficiencies. Moreover, strategic appointments like that of Gary Moretti as Head of National Teams underscore our commitment to improving performance and leadership.

“Looking ahead, we are committed to fostering collaboration and unity, essential for the long-term success and growth of Australian football.

“We aim to maintain a formidable, stable, and dependable presence, both locally and internationally.”

The Financial report and statements by the board members suggest the FA are looking to strategically fund the national teams and build off the success of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that saw the Matildas and Women’s football get majority of the investment.

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