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Take 20 seconds to support a Canberra A-League football (soccer) team

By Sakkerz 18 January 2009 32

Calling all Canberrans,

The bid to put an A-League football (soccer) team in Canberra is heading for success with a lot of financial support and great organization. But the one vital thing the Football Federation requires to make up their mind is a show of community support.

If you can take 20 seconds of your time to sign the Canberra A-League supporters’ pledge online, we’re almost there!

All you have to do is go to http://www.a-league4canberra.com.au/site/SupportersSignUp1.php and put down your name. You can sign up for your kids and family too.

Forward this to at least five of your friends and by the time the Football Federation meets our bid committee in late February 2009, we’ll hopefully be well on the way to 20,000 signatures!

You can also download paper forms to take to work at http://a-league4canberra.com.au/userfiles/file/support%5B1%5D.pdf

Finally, if you are able to volunteer to help collect signatures for the supporters’ pledge, email b.sakkerkelly[at]ozemail.com.au

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Granny 10:35 pm 23 Jan 09

I am not a football fan and I am supporting the bid.

: )

applecross 10:30 pm 23 Jan 09

I believe Australia is the only football playing nation in the western world whose professional league does not include the capital city. As Canberrans I think this in itself is good reason for supporting the bid. Assuming you’re a football fan..

As for the salary cap issue (the one that never seems to go away), whilst it will detract players of higher calibre, the flip side is you end up with a competition where the only teams in contention for the title, year after year, are the top 3 or 4 club. For examples look no further than the EPL, Bundesliga etc. That said, there is some merit in arguing for relegation, as that is what often creates genuine excitement towards the pointy end of the season.

One thing the A League also needs to work alot harder on is turning the GF into more of a spectacle. Blink and you would’ve missed it the last couple of years.

wishuwell 10:02 am 20 Jan 09

20 seconds seems a lot of time out of my life to spend on soccer. I’ll give you 8, hang on no I won’t.

Nambucco Deliria 9:26 am 20 Jan 09

On the contrary. I will be taking my ten year old to see it, even though the side will be without it’s best players.

George 8:44 am 20 Jan 09

Looks like Canberra will host the Socceroos in an Asian Cup qualifier. That will give Nambucco something more to whinge about.

Nambucco Deliria 3:27 pm 19 Jan 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Nambucco Deliria said :

… When I point out a few (as I see them) drawbacks, I get called ‘a miserable’ shit.

Oh well…

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

I didn’t actually see any bona fide drawbacks pointed out, just a few comments that amounted to not much more than I don’t like the idea so it sucks.

the key is in ‘Like I’ve said in related threads before’

In summary, then, here are the reasons why I think the A-League – not just the Canberra bid- is ‘doomed to failure’

(1) I think we’ve established it’s difficult to really get behind a ‘franchise’ that can be moved at the whim of a Sport’s governing body

(2) The salary cap means that A-League teams will never really be able to attract top drawer players who aren’t past their prime, or retain promising players seeking to further their careers, and bank balances, abroad. This means football fans are asked to fork out to watch second or third rate ‘product’. However this does mean that the Australian media are able to whinge ad nauseam about ‘cashed-up’ foreign clubs at the drop of a hat.

(3) Expanding the league won’t improve matters as it forces franchises to further dilute the talent pool by buying in often inconsistent players from leagues weaker than the A-League. Inevitably the league will struggle to sustain interest as more and more matches become meaningless as teams outside of finals contention play one another at the end of the season. There is no solution to this unless promotion and relegation is introduced- even if this means the bottom two or three clubs play off against regional league winners to provide some form of excitement.

(4) The wave of hysteria that followed Australia’s qualification has now subsided and, even though Australia will probably qualify for South Africa 2010, it will be hard to generate as much interest a second time, not least because the players following in the footsteps of Viduka, Kewell, Cahill, Schwarzer et al aren’t quite as good. The paying public won’t stick around for long if the A-League can’t up the ante entertainment wise.

(5) It’s a cliche but the Canberra sporting public is very fickle. Although attendance figures don’t really pay the wages – corporate sponsorship does- if people stop turning up to see the side, as they do whenever Brumbies and Raiders teams (both, it has to be said, playing in competitions of far higher calibre in their respective sports than the A-League)go through a trough, who is the franchise for? Ivan Slavich?

Holden Caulfield 1:36 pm 19 Jan 09

p1 said :

….What I don’t like is the slightly phoney feel of the franchise approach, and I hate the ethnic rivalries that often seem to crop up when soccer is involved…

Erm, that is partly why the “phoney” franchise approach has been taken.

I agree it’s less than ideal, but the philosophy behind the current A-league, despite some inherent failings, is the best approach yet that I’ve seen to getting a viable national league underway in Australia.

The A-league (and the Canberra bid) may not be perfect, but it’s also not completely devoid of potential that it shouldn’t be supported.

Holden Caulfield 1:33 pm 19 Jan 09

Nambucco Deliria said :

… When I point out a few (as I see them) drawbacks, I get called ‘a miserable’ shit.

Oh well…

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

I didn’t actually see any bona fide drawbacks pointed out, just a few comments that amounted to not much more than I don’t like the idea so it sucks.

p1 1:27 pm 19 Jan 09

I don’t have a problem with Canberra having a team in a National Soccer Comp. I suspect it would be better for Canberra then the Raiders have been in recent years (unless they hire Todd Carney..). What I don’t like is the slightly phoney feel of the franchise approach, and I hate the ethnic rivalries that often seem to crop up when soccer is involved.

That, and it’s boring to watch. But then I don’t enjoy competitive chess either.

Nambucco Deliria 1:13 pm 19 Jan 09

Jammer1 said :

I just don’t understand the passion that the anti-A-league for Canberra listees are displaying. If you don’t agree with the bid, don’t go to the website and vote and when/if we get a team here – don’t go to the games. Simple really.

For those who do love the round ball game get in there and vote as I’ve just done and I will see you all at the first home game – bring it on!

Like I’ve said in related threads before – I don’t really care if Canberra gets a team or not. But when I ask for reasons why the bid is needed, why Canberra ‘must’ have a team in the A-League, nobody seems to be able to explain to me why – ‘it just does’. When I point out a few (as I see them) drawbacks, I get called ‘a miserable’ shit.

Oh well…

Jammer1 1:00 pm 19 Jan 09

I just don’t understand the passion that the anti-A-league for Canberra listees are displaying. If you don’t agree with the bid, don’t go to the website and vote and when/if we get a team here – don’t go to the games. Simple really.

For those who do love the round ball game get in there and vote as I’ve just done and I will see you all at the first home game – bring it on!

Holden Caulfield 12:53 pm 19 Jan 09

Nambucco Deliria said :

The A-League concept isn’t anything new at all, merely a continuation of American football’s franchised-based operation whereby ‘made up’ teams with no history or tradition play out sterile ‘sport as entertainment’ matches for a largely uninformed ‘family’ audience. No promotion or relegation = little or no interest for the last third of the season – and the more teams introduced to this league means there will be more teams playing pointless dead rubber matches as each season progresses.

I haven’t seen any ill considered or ill informed comments about players in this thread, or for that matter finances. I went to my first football match in 1973 (the FA Amateur Cup Final at Wembley Stadium), and before coming to Australia in 2003 went to matches all over Europe, so I think I know a little bit about football when I comment on the players currently plying their trade in the A-League. As a brief example, George – let’s look at a couple of players involved at the weekend for the Newcastle Jets – Mark Milligan and (Canberra’s own)Kaz Patafta, both of whom couldn’t leave the A-League quickly enough when they thought they could earn big money in Europe. Milligan, supposedly the best young centre half in Australia, couldn’t get a sniff and Patafta, after an abortive spell with Benfica came home as well. There are many more as I’m sure you’re well aware, George, so please don’t try and make out people ‘naysaying’ this project don’t know anything about football.

I agree that a promotion relegation system would be ideal. I also appreciate your comments in regard to the A-league being a franchise style set up.

However, because you know so much about football you will understand the reasons why neither a promotion/relegation system is workable in Australia and why the franchise style approach has been taken.

I don’t reckon the FFA would claim this is an ideal approach either, but under the circumstances of trying establish the long term viability of a national league I think starting afresh like they did was the best foot forward. This is neither the time or place to go into some of the background issues that saw FFA come to this decision, but you’re sure to know the reasons anyway.

An A-league team in Canberra might fail. But it might just work. Instead of sooking about why it won’t work, either shut up and let it reach the inevitble failure you claim, or just put your hand up to support the bid and enjoy the ride.

Life’s too short to be a miserable shit every day.

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