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Football Australia and Australian professional leagues announce ‘unbundling’ of A-League, W-League and Y-League

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Football Australia and the newly formed Australian professional leagues announced today that they have agreed to “ unbundle ” the A-League, W-League and Y-League – the professional leagues – from the FA.

The unbundling of professional codes from Football Australia is said to bring the structure of Australian football in line with the world football leagues.

“The unbundling of Football Australia’s professional leagues is a key step in the ongoing transformation of Australian football and fulfills our commitment set out in Principle VIII of our XI principles,” FA CEO James Johnson said in a statement. press release this afternoon.

“This represents the culmination of a process, which gained momentum after the end of the 2019/20 A-League season, which has evolved through what has been a difficult 2020.

“The new model respects the fundamental aspects of the global football pyramid and underlines the importance of strong governance principles as Football Australia retains its regulatory functions with respect to the A-League, Westfield W-League and Y- League and for the PLA to take control of the operational and commercial direction of the leagues, in turn triggering the possibility of significant new investments in league quality and marketing. Each constituent now has defined roles and responsibilities and the ability to make the right contribution to the growth of professional gaming.

“We were able to create a unique model that is based on global best practices while taking into account local specificities.

“Significantly, the model establishes a framework for a strong partnership between Football Australia and the PLA that recognizes the value of a thriving national professional league to the continued growth of the game in Australia.”

This agreement, approved by the FA Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of each club, is in line with the tentative agreement reached in 2019 and approved by the New Leagues Working Group, the body mandated by Congress. of Football Australia to make new model recommendations for professional leagues.

The new model for professional leagues will be implemented throughout the 2020-21 A-League and W-League seasons.

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