FFA CEO David Gallop says affordability is “hold[ing] back” many of the things stakeholders want to achieve in the A-League.
Gallop told Michael Zappone and Tony Pignata on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Bosses last night football in Australia has an “enormous agenda which needs funding.”
“We’re a global sport and people tend to look overseas and want to achieve what the sport has achieved quickly,” Gallop said.
According to Gallop, affordability is a “big issue” in the creation of a second division as well as promotion and relegation.
Gallop praised the initiative taken by the AAFC through their “roadshow” across Australia, speaking to NPL and local clubs.
“Everyone would like one day to have a robust second division which could perhaps one day lead to promotion and relegation,” Gallop said.
“Affordability is a big issue around that.
"The investment owners have made in the A-League and will continue to make, have to be at the forefront of our thinking.”
Gallop believes this season has been important for identifying improvements in the game’s operation and says “there is a lot of reason for the future of the sport.”
“Marketing of the game will be looked to be improved, we look to take lessons this year and make improvements,” Gallop said.
Gallop also revealed the FFA allocated $300,000 to each club to spend towards marketing.
Football Bosses airs every Wednesday from 8PM (AEDT) hosted by Michael Zappone and Tony Pignata on FNR_Football Nation Radio.