Trump's tariffs hit A-League

Who knew that US President Donald Trump could have an impact on the A-League? But it turns out his policy to enforce tariffs on a range of items and against a number of countries, specifically China, is hurting Newcastle Jets' owner ($), Martin Lee, who approached Newcastle Jets' management during the off-season about possibly cutting the playing budget by $600,000 (or 20% of the 2018-19 salary cap). Mr Lee's Ledman Group makes LED lighting, including for outdoor signage and lighting. The share price of the Ledman Group has plunged by 50% since President Trump imposed the tariffs. Mr Lee purchased the Newcastle Jets license for $5 million from FFA in 2016. Report from the dynamic duo of Ray Gatt and John Stensholt.

A-League expansion

Head of the Southern Expansion bid, and former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, has urged FFA to proceed with the expansion timetable and process. Chairman of the South West Sydney bid, Gino Marra, says that they are ready to go from season 2019-20. Iemma's call comes as a result of the current FFA Board floating the idea/threat that they may delay expansion by 12 months because they were not supported at FFA Congress.

As we noted on the weekend, if the FFA Board is concerned about their legitimacy on the expansion issue, they can resign now and allow an interim Board to get on with the job instead. 

FFA Cup: Adelaide United v Sydney FC

There were discussions about the possibility of holding the FFA Cup Final on a stand-alone Saturday evening, but this was discounted due to a variety of factors including the international break and the proximity of the opening round of the A-League involving the same two teams. 

Adelaide's Jordan Elsey says the Reds have a squad that is good enough to win the League and Cup double. He says they're looking forward to having a home Final for the FFA Cup.

Val Migliaccio has dived into the memory banks to come up with the “five moments that have shaped” the rivalry between Adelaide United and Sydney FC. Interestingly, four of his top five moments were in the first four years of the A-League. 

The FFA Cup Final will be held on Tuesday 30 October at Coopers Stadium, kick-off 7pm local time. 


Some shifting around in the Socceroos squad with both Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan unavailable.

Mooy suffered an injury in Huddersfield's draw against Burnley on the weekend. He will be replaced by Kenneth Dougall who plays for League One side, Barnsely.

Mat Ryan has also been given time off in the October break to deal with an “unspecified minor injury”, opening the door for Danny Vukovic, Mitch Langerak or Brad Jones. 

On the plus side, Tom Rogic is in “sparkling form” as one of the stars of Celtic's 6-0 win over St Johnstone on the weekend. 


Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, 24, is gearing-up to be the “last line of defence” for the Matildas match against England tomorrow morning. Coach Alen Stajcic says the Lionesses have improved significantly under counterpart Phil Neville. 

Sam Kerr

Samantha Kerr is amongst 15 nominees for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award. It is the first time the award has been made for a female player. There are 30 male nominees. 

Tim debuts in India

This may be a first - a report on a match in the Indian Super League - but Our Timmy was playing and that's worth a report. His team, Jamshedpur, came from behind against Bengaluru for a 2-2 away draw. Bengaluru's squad includes Erik Paartalu.

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