Two local filmmakers have come together in a bid to shine a light on the problems facing Australia soccer.
Their new documentary, to be named ‘When Soccer Died’, has already seen many prominent Australian soccer names taken part.
Michael Cain and Oscar Vieira will touch on many topics in their documentary, including the end of the NSL and subsequent creation of the A-League.
Other topics that will be discussed will be the national curriculum and the closure of the AIS’ football program.
There is a select group of people across the country who feel that the sport of soccer has become more and more corporatized since the creation of the A-League back in 2005.
The growth of the NPL in recent years also shows that there is still a lot happening at the community level. These clubs can and should be given an opportunity to thrive .
Cain and Vieira will touch on this subject, as well as the youth system in Australia, a system many feel is struggling at this current point in time.
Speaking to SBS’ ‘The World Game’, the pair spoke on the inspiration behind this documentary and the potential of become too negative in their bid to raise awareness.
“I’ve been concerned for a long time in terms of the direction that Australian football is heading, sort of going away from what made us a unique footballing country,” said Vieira.
“We’re trying to get as many of the voices people respect and understand into one space from a verity of different fields and get their opinion and find some common themes.”
“So people can see that it is really an issue, and if we can get enough people in that space we want to reinforce it and we want to make people aware, and we definitely want change.”
The pair are holding out hope that the documentary can be ready for screening by the end of the year.