Football Federation Australia (FFA) has proposed changes to its constitution which would significantly expand representation of key stakeholders in the sport’s Congress in Australia.
FFA today met with representatives of the Member Federations and discussed options for change which would increase representation of A-League clubs and key groups in the game such as players, women’s football, coaches and referees.
An FFA statement said there was unanimous agreement on the principle of expanding the Congress.
Member Federation representatives will now consult stakeholders in their own constituencies.
“FFA will continue its consultation tomorrow with A-League club chairmen and on Friday with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA),” the statement said.
“FFA intends to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Congress by the end of March to consider a special resolution to amend the Constitution of FFA based on the outcome of the stakeholder consultation process.”
The current 10-member Congress consists of a representative from each of the nine Member Federations and one representative for the A-League clubs.
The Congress is responsible for approving changes to the FFA Constitution and also nominating and electing directors to the independent FFA Board.
FFA Chairman Steven Lowy said there was general consensus that it was time for football to evolve.
“FFA remains committed to its role as a strong, independent custodian of football in Australia, promoting growth and development of the sport from the grassroots to professional level and national teams for women and men,” he said.
“But we also recognise that we need to adapt as the game evolves in Australia.”
Mr Lowy told the meeting that FFA recognised that it was also time to look at new operating and ownership models for the A-League and W-League.
“We need to attract more capital and expertise to our clubs and game. FFA believes part of the answer lies in the way the leagues are structured,” he said. “We will begin this conversation with the club Chairmen tomorrow.
“This will be an important consideration as FFA moves ahead with plans to expand the number of A-League clubs.”
Mr Lowy said FFA would work with the clubs, the Member Federations and seek expert external advice to conduct a rigorous examination of different league ownership and operating models, including those in place overseas.