FFA and Hyundai A-League Club Chairmen joint statement

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the chairmen from Hyundai A-League clubs met in Melbourne this morning.

All parties agreed that continued dialogue on the best operating model for the Hyundai A-League and the broader game should continue in coming months.

“It was timely to meet the clubs today,” said FFA CEO David Gallop. “There is a great momentum and excitement around the game at the moment and it is important that we work together to ensure the game’s operating model evolves and takes advantage of the opportunities ahead of it.

“The suggestion that a break away from the FFA is imminent is off the mark. The recent FIFA/AFC visit has seen an in principle agreement to make some changes and FFA is committed to working collaboratively with all the game’s stakeholders to reach a model that meets the game’s future needs.”

Representatives of the clubs and FFA will continue to work together on the optimal commercial model for the next phase of growth of the Hyundai A-League.

“Today’s meeting was both collaborative and productive. It included extensive discussion about exploring the optimum commercial model for the Hyundai A-League and its next phase of growth and expansion,” said Greg Griffin, Chairman of Adelaide United and the Australian Professional Football Clubs’ Association (APFCA).

There was broad agreement that economically sustainable expansion of the A-League is a strategic priority.