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FFA Congress

Just when we were all breathing a little sigh of relief that it had gone away for a while, Tom Smithies had to come back from holiday and spoil it all by letting us know that FIFA is now calling possibly recalcitrant state member federations to convince them to vote with the recommendations of the Congress Review Working Group. (We're sure FFA is doing their own share of lobbying also). Smithies also mentions the review of the National Club Identity Policy (NCIP), a move we mentioned would be happening two days ago on social media. 

Whether the state federations decide to go with progress or  not, they are surely going to miss the 26 September timeline for reporting back to the FIFA Associations Committee? With 21 days required to call an EGM, and today being 6 September, that puts the first possible date for the EGM at 27 September. 

Socceroos

Aziz Behich

Socceroo Aziz Behich talks of his four-year deal with PSV Eindhoven and the things he had to, and sacrifices he made, to get there. He said he learned via his parents that "nothing in life comes easy."

Jamie Maclaren

Having been part of Socceroos squads, but never quite getting the "confidence of coaches", Jamie Maclaren hopes that with Tim Cahill's retirement, and someone needing to step-up and score goals in his absence, he is able to impress Graham Arnold and get some permanency in the squad. 

W-League

Sydney FC

Sydney FC made their W-League intentions clear with the announcement yesterday of six Matildas in the squad. Alanna Kennedy re-joins the club alongside Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Chloe Logarzo, and Amy Harrison, while 16-year old newly capped Matilda Amy Sayer signs following her debut against Japan in July.

Canberra United

Still on W-League, Canberra United will play one game this season "across the border" in Queanbeyan at Seiffert Oval. Shades of Inter-Monaro. 

Bolt Watch

What could be better than one star? Two! In Phnomh Penh for a training camp with the Cambodia national team, of which he is coach, Keisuke Honda reckons it would be "awesome" to play against Usain Bolt. Cambodia play Malaysia in a friendly on Monday. 

Puskas award

With Riley McGree nominated amongst the ten Puskas award nominees, this looks at all ten of the goals in the best goal of the past season in football worldwide. 

Brisbane boutique stadium

Following his lament at the Brisbane Strikers pulling out of the A-League bidding contest in these pages, Cameron Atfield states that Brisbane City also pulling out is the perfect opportunity for Brisbane to address its stadium issues and build a boutique rectangular stadium. He believes the Women's World Cup bid presents that opportunity.


Note: we corrected the first item to reflect it is reportedly FIFA calling member federations. 


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