listen to tom kalas discuss the origins of the AAFC
Former AAFC interim chairman Tom Kalas says the current participation metrics will not last unless “football culture” is built in Australia.
Kalas was critical of the FFA’s initial approach in marketing the game towards a “mainstream sports fans” and believes there must be a greater connection between grassroots and professional football.
“Unless you build football culture you’re not going to fill stadiums,
“You have to build culture, it takes generations and starts from club football,” Kalas said.
Kalas revealed on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra the AAFC was established to lobby a reformed model for the operation of football across all tiers.
“[The AAFC] knew from many years ago the model was flawed at not only a grassroots level but across a lot tiers in the game,” Kalas said.
The AAFC was established in March 2017 and represents NPL and community clubs from all over Australia.
“I had grown men, presidents, crying because they felt suddenly there was going to be something that might change the way things are heading,” Kalas said.
Football Extra airs daily from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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