The A-League Expansion Thread

Do you support expansion

  • Yes, for the good of the league

    Votes: 57 83.8%
  • No, the league is fine the way it is

    Votes: 11 16.2%

  • Total voters


All-Round Good Guy
Jun 24, 2011
On Stage
AFL Club
Other Teams
Panionios, Hellas
West Adelaide
Well they're on the verge of relegation, so... They might be building their own home base but they're certainly not in prime position anymore, business or onfield-wise. Look to the teams in the FFA Cup instead. Comets have/had Santos Stadium which is our state athletics Stadium and Olympic just signed a coaching mentoring deal with PAOK, the Greek Superleague winners so teams are now moving further and further ahead of the pack.

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Jul 5, 2011
AFL Club
Other Teams
Victory, Napoli, Liverpool, Pens
A-League clubs to control expansion agenda
Tom Smithies Football Editor, The Daily Telegraph

A-LEAGUE bosses will dictate where new clubs will be established, rather than accept bids from hopeful franchises with their own bases, under plans to expand to a 16-team competition.
In a complete reversal from how the latest expansion sides Western United and Macarthur were chosen, the A-League will identify key markets driven by consumer numbers and TV eyeballs, and then invite bidders to pitch for licences in those geographical areas.
An “international investment roadshow” will be launched to invite funds for new and existing franchises, with existing club owners revealing their hopes of adding up to four new teams in the next broadcast cycle, after the current one expires in 2023.

After The Daily Telegraph revealed the owners’ plans for a 100-day push to reignite interest in the competition, now they have taken control of it away from Football Federation Australia, more detail has emerged of how and where expansion is planned, even before the 11th and 12th sides to be added have kicked a ball.

Western United will join this coming season and Macarthur FC the year after, the first additions to the league since Western Sydney Wanderers were created in 2012.

In a presentation to A-League CEOs, coaches and staff, the owners made clear they want to expand the league ultimately by a further third, but reversing the methodology the FFA used in adding Western United and Macarthur.

The owners said they would immediately start identifying markets for expansion, with a particular focus on creating more “rivalries” against existing teams and on key TV markets.

Consortiums would be invited to bid for these specific licences, rather than choose their own base, and be judged on a transparent list of criteria — including stadium plans and commercial viability.

Overseas investors will be targeted via the “roadshow”, for new clubs but also to provide clubs such as the Central Coast Mariners with extra capital.

The ultimate aim is to reach a 16-team competition where each team plays the other sides home and away, to reduce “viewer fatigue” at the current third round of games, with an expanded finals series.

Officials briefed on the plans said the current season length of early October to mid-May would likely be maintained, to avoid further clashes with other codes over ground availability and media interest.

Though the final legal points of the A-League’s separation from FFA’s control are still being worked through, the owners have effectively taken control of the competition and are rushing to overhaul its marketing and presentation ahead of the start of the new season October 11.

At a two-day summit at a hotel in Double Bay the owners have made clear the urgent need to put in place measures to address a 20 per cent fall in attendances since 2013, and a 40 per cent decline in TV viewers over the past three years.


Silent Alarm

sack Lyon
Jul 9, 2010
AFL Club
The Auckland hard-on they have is ludicrous.

AFC don't like it, the New Zealand federation don't care about it, and Sky pay nothing for rights and of course you miss out on the Australian pay and free-to-air metrics.

So ******* dumb. If they want a team, the NZ federation should start giving a lot more money to the Nix and this Auckland side and the Australian clubs should demand the equivalency of what a capital city team earns for the broadcast rights. Bring that and you're in. But they never will.

Wollongong Wolves and Tasmania.

Shift Western United to Dandenong when they inevitably collapse.

Next up is two of the best from: AFC ACT, Shire-St George or Northern Beaches, Brisbane Strikers.

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