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Further financial challenges for Phoenix

In addition to disappointment on the pitch, the only New Zealand team in the A-league, Wellington Phoenix, are facing further financial challenges.  Their owner, Terry Serepisos, is facing further court hearings over his financial plight, although bankruptcy filings may simply be a negotiating tactic.   Unconfirmed press reports also allege that he has been the victim of a Nigerian-style financial scam costing him $750,000.

Tough times for Fury

The survival prospects of North Queenland Fury are not looking good after the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) issued them with a tough ultimatum to raise additional funds - and these have to be in the form of hard cash rather than pledges. 

Wage cut plans anger Oz players

Australian soccer players are understandably annoyed at apparent plans by the Australian Football Federation to cut their wages as the competition tries to deal with financial challenges.   The Australian league is one of only two in the world that operates a voluntary salary cap agreed to by players.  

Sole Kiwi A-league club hits trouble

The only New Zealand club in the A-league, Wellington Phoenix, has become engulfed in the financial problems of its owner.   The club is owned by Central City Football Ltd., a company in turn wholly owned by property tycoon Terry Serepisos.

The A-league of the future?

This interesting article by an Australian football fan looks forward over ten years into the future when the A-league has far more clubs and a different governance structure.  It's very interesting on the demographics which might underpin an expansion of the beautiful game down under. 

Either or choice for the A-league?

The A-League cannot afford to back both the Fury in North Queensland and the new Western Sydney franchise and it is increasingly been suggested it will come down to an 'either or' choice.   Western Sydney is a highly populated area, but the city is lukewarm about its existing franchise, Sydney FC.

Cup competition for Australia?

Australian football has been going through a testing period financially, but the Football Federation Australia (FFA) is at least to prepared to try out new ideas.   They are proposing a cup competition which would also involve minor league teams from the state leagues.

Fury could be safe

The Australian Football Federation's (FFA) finances have been stretched by a series of crises involving its clubs, but now things are looking up.   This is particularly the case for North Queensland Fury who it was feared might be cut from the league next  year.    The federation has been in charge of both the Fury and the Reds as well as commitments to Brisbane and, to a lesser extent, Central Coast Mariners.

Why are A-league attendances falling?

Why are crowds declining in Australia's A-League.  This article suggests that the league has expanded too quickly.   Eight teams was a sustainable number, but eleven, and possibly twelve next year, was too many.   The result has been a decline in quality and a loss of interest by fans.  There is a risk of the A-league going the way of the National Soccer League.

Jets may not be bailed out

The Australian Football Federation may not continue to bail out the financially troubled Newcastle Jets.  They provided a short-term financial lifeline in the form of $A300,000 of aid, but further funding may not be available and the club could fold.