FFA Congress

Well. The midday release by the Congress Review Working Group (CRWG) members of their report to FIFA/AFC certainly got everyone talking for the remainder of the afternoon - not to mention gave any journos who were twiddling thumbs over their second double shot soy latte for the day, some work. 

You can read our analysis here. We believe 'Normalisation Lite' has delivered us 'Reform Lite' but it's better than what we have. 

Ray Gatt writes that, despite an agreed process to which FFA and the four (but perhaps now only two, Gatt reveals) recaltitrant state federations signed-up to, FFA intends “to bunker down” with its objections and place itself on a collision course with FIFA. If it is the case that two state federations (Tasmania and Northern NSW) are reconsidering the objection they circulated last week, it's game, set and match. If Steven Lowy manages to get three state federations on side, we face possible expulsion. 

Also included in the report is a pathway to an independent A-League - an overdue development in our view. 

It is the independent A-League which led the coverage by Emma Kemp for News Corp. She also notes that FIFA is unlikely to institute a full Normalisation Committee and will go straight to the nuclear option of suspension if the FFA Board gets its way on 7 September. 

Vince Rugari for AAP observes that, in light of the FFA's objections to the report, when it all boils down to it - who gets to decide on the FFA Board and how the money is distributed - nothing much has changed

The four state federations that do not agree with the CRWG's report have submitted an alternative report, but it will not be considered by FIFA's Member Associations Committee. They will only consider the report of the CRWG that was specifically commissioned by them. 

Usain Bolt comes to Gosford

Better believe it. Usain Bolt will be “strolling down the streets” of Gosford ten days from now! The deal is done for an “indefinite training stint” to give him more time to prove his worth without being under a six-week time pressure. 

The arrangement does not guarantee Bolt a contract, but does give him the opportunity to “realise his dream”. It will be the fourth club at which he has trialled. 

Central Coast Mariners General Manager, Shaun Mielekamp, says it's important that the club isn't “caught up in the hype of possibilities”. Um, Shaun mate, it might be a tad late for that?

We also wonder whether Usain is aware that the entire competition could mean nothing by next month? (See FFA Congress item above).


The round of 32 FFA Cup action was completed last night, involving six A-League clubs last night, with winners and losers amongst them. The biggest loser in one sense was Wellington Phoenix who lost to a ten-man Melbourne's Bentleigh Greens (pictured), 1-0. In Darwin, there was a seven goal thriller with Western Sydney Wanderers managing to win 3-4, but not before some big question marks over the Wanderers' defence which was caught napping most of the match. A full wrap here via Carly Adno of FOX Sports. Other results were:

  • Gold Coast Knights, 0 v Newcastle Jets, 1
  • Northcote City, 1 v Devonport City, 3
  • Brisbane Roar, 0 v Melbourne City, 1
  • Perth Glory, 0 v Melbourne Victory, 1

Luke Brattan

It looked innocuous enough, but an incident in the Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City game when Luke Brattan slipped while battling for the ball with Stefan Mauk, held up play for around 40 minutes. Brattan lay motionless on the pitch while medical staff tended to him and prepared to him for the ambulance trip to hospital.

Melbourne City has subsequently issued a statement indicating the injury is not as bad as feared, and has been given the 'all clear' in terms of a serious neck injury. 

Best wishes to Luke from all of us.

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