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Giving up on the A-League

By johnboy 3 March 2012 24

The Road have a informative piece on why we’re not going to see an A-League football team in Canberra anytime soon:

Bid leader and TransACT boss Ivan Slavich’s three-year battle to get a team up in the nation’s capital was revived briefly when the FFA this week revoked Gold Coast United’s licence and announced it was keen to maintain a 10-side competition.

But the FFA has since confirmed its preference to start a franchise in western Sydney rather than consider Canberra’s long-standing $4 million bid.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Slavich told AAP on Friday.

“It is frustrating because we do have money behind it and a lot of capability and it seems western Sydney doesn’t have any capability, yet the FFA is prepared to completely fund it.

“We would have had a great team.

“The FFA’s thumbing their nose to the actual football supporters in Canberra – that’s the disappointing thing.”

Maybe he should give Clive Palmer a call about getting into the rebel league?

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Battlecat 7:05 pm 05 Mar 12

shadow boxer said :

In terms of popularity soccer is exactly where it was (compared to the other sports) 10, 20 and 30 years ago. No free to air, same old die hard fans.

You could actually argue the NSL was more popular per capita.

Keep flogging that dead horse though, all those kids coming though on the bag of the easier World cup qualification system should make us a shoe in for the Olympics.

If it wasn’t for benevelant billionaires the A league would fold in a heart beat.

Very funny stuff. Anyone who thinks football is where was 20 years ago is delusional. And I’m pretty sure most sports would fold without billionaires.

Battlecat 7:02 pm 05 Mar 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Battlecat: In contrary to your “official and legal name” assertion the game is actually called Association Football. The term Soccer is an abbreviation of Association, and it’s completely legitimate for people to call it that. No need to get excited by what other people call it.

So I was right, it’s called football. And there’s no need to get excited, I don’t mind people calling it soccer, just don’t say it’s arrogant to call it football, because that’s what it’s called.

shadow boxer 4:48 pm 05 Mar 12

Battlecat said :

p1 said :

Has it occurred to anyone that the Soccer isn’t doing so good, either in Canberra or Australia generally, because I lot less people care about it then do plenty of other sports?

I normally wouldn’t reply to trolls like this, but someone might actually get confused and think that you’re right. From where have you come up with the conclusion that football (it’s actually official and legal name) isn’t doing so good in Australia? We have a fledgling national league, we’re the top ranked country in Asia and we’ve been to the past two World Cups. Attendance is up, tv ratings are up and participation is bursting at the seams. I can probably forgive this misconception considering the recent tantrum of Palmer, but your other point…

The thought that football in Canberra is not doing so good is so uninformed as to be laughable. Local sport is all about participation, it’s not on TV etc. So on that basis, add up all the people that play all the other codes of football (yes we know they exist) and double it, and you might almost get close to the number of people that play football. That goes for adults as well as juniors. If football in Canberra isn’t going so good then I feel sorry for the other sports!

And yes a Canberra A-League is in my dreams, every night. Getting to the World Cup used to be, now it’s in my photo album.

In terms of popularity soccer is exactly where it was (compared to the other sports) 10, 20 and 30 years ago. No free to air, same old die hard fans.

You could actually argue the NSL was more popular per capita.

Keep flogging that dead horse though, all those kids coming though on the bag of the easier World cup qualification system should make us a shoe in for the Olympics.

If it wasn’t for benevelant billionaires the A league would fold in a heart beat.

Chop71 4:08 pm 05 Mar 12

p1 said :

Battlecat said :

The thought that football in Canberra is not doing so good is so uninformed as to be laughable. Local sport is all about participation, it’s not on TV etc.

How much money does each team in the Australian Ice Hockey League have to throw around? They are a sport with tiny local participation, tiny crowds (mostly due to the size of the venues) and tiny TV Coverage, yet they seem to be doing pretty well. Maybe the A-League should examine their model?

or CRDL is a good night out.

I think it’s time Mr Slavich refunded the soccer money and moved onto something else.

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