AAFC welcomes ongoing dialogue
AAFC had a 90-minute meeting with FIFA, AFC & FFA which included discussion of a second division competition10 August 2017 | FT Editor
The Association of Australian Football Clubs has issued a statement indicating they have been invited to 'continue the dialogue' with FIFA, the AFC and FFA.
The AAFC Chairman, Rabieh Krayem, director Gino Marra and advisors Tom Kalas and Nick Galatas, met with the visiting delegation this morning along with six FFA personnel, including Chairman Steven Lowy and CEO David Gallop.
“What is helpful for our member clubs is that this is just the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with FIFA, the AFC and FFA.
Krayem said that they gave a good account of NPL clubs to the visitors and the role they play in the Australian football 'ecosystem'.
“We were able to explain that we have 118 member clubs, which equates to about 1,200 male and female senior and junior teams. Collectively, our clubs contribute around $4 million each year to FFA and state federation revenue.
“Our clubs have spent about $300 million on the game in the five years since our establishment implementing the NPL player pathway programs.”
Krayem said there was also a good discussion around the operation of a self-funding, self-sustaining second division in which FIFA and the AFC are interested.
According to the AAFC, Lowy and Gallop said that a second division would be "ideally" introduced provided there is a financially viable model. They indicated they look forward to considering AAFC’s proposal for its introduction, due to be finalised at the end of October.
“We were able to advise FFA that we’re not looking at a model that will cost money, but one that will be self-funding," Krayem said. He is also hopeful that it could add to FFA's revenue base.
“We let them know that we’re currently working on various financial models with a view to having a preferred model by the end of October." That task will now be assisted by the combined effort of the A-League clubs and the PFA which have offered to share data with AAFC to inform their financial modelling.
Krayem said the meeting also confirm that the AAFC is here to stay.
“We appreciated the opportunity to meet with FIFA, AFC and FFA and put our case to them. We’re confident that they recognise we have credibility, that they’re willing to listen to what we have to say, and to assist in what we’re striving for to help advance football in Australia.”
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