The new board of the Australian Association of Football Clubs (AAFC) has agreed that a proposed new second division will be introduced for both men and women.

Meeting for the first time in Brisbane on the weekend, following their election earlier this month, the Board also agreed to pursue representation at the FFA Congress and to look at ways to reduce the cost of coaching accreditation and playing for children.

AAFC Chairman, Rabieh Krayem said that the Board is adamant that a second division be in place for both men and women. 

“The AAFC board is unanimous in its view that young women players should be given the same opportunity to develop their game as young men.

“We believe that giving more young more players more game time will only benefit Australian football – the NPL, a second division, the A-League and the national teams.”

Krayem also thanked those who had been in touch contributing their ideas.

“We know that so many players and fans are interested in a second division, and we really appreciate the input we received from many people about this issue. It shows just how passionate people are, and that’s a good thing.”

Krayem said the AAFC considered three possible models for the operation of a second division and will spend the next three months consulting further on those models.

“We intend to talk with all stakeholders, as well as complete some financial modelling from independent experts, ahead of publishing a report on the preferred model by the end of October.

Krayem added that not all of AAFC’s members wish to be involved in a second division, but have expressed a range of other concerns, the key one of which revolves around the cost of playing, and the impact in some states of the introduction of ‘A-League Juniors’ within the NPL framework.

“We will be consulting further with our member clubs on these, and other issues, over the coming months,” Krayem said.

The AAFC intends to conduct a national strategy roadshow in coming months, as well as a national conference in the early part of next year.

“There are remarkable similarities between the states in the concerns of NPL clubs, as well as some state-to-state differences,” said AAFC Chairman, Rabieh Krayem.

“What we’re focussed on as a group is what we can do to help the game grow nationally.”

The AAFC Board also resolved to pursue representation at the FFA Congress as part of the consultation to take place in Australia with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation later this month. 

The AAFC’s full statement is here.

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