To European eyes, the A-League appears very americanised. Each season 14 licensed franchises from across the federation (and one in New Zealand) compete for glory in the current highest tier of Australian domestic club Football across two leagues before the top 6 compete in a series of showdown matches until the ultimate victor is decided in the “Premiership” winner-takes-all grand final in an orgy of confetti and loud pop music. For 17 years the Football Federation of Australia (now rebranded as Football Australia) has produced a very corporate and media friendly package by granting licenses to entities that can demonstrate sound financial backing, are not funded by public entities, spend below the player-salary-cap and, intriguingly, present an image that is free of any explicit reference to any nationality or ethnicity in the fabric of its branding.
The FBTG team would like to speak to an insider in the world of Australian Football (Soccer) culture as part of research for a literary project.
Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Melbourne City
A distinctly Anglican looking design from supporters of Melbourne City FC; the club that forms part of the “City” triumvirate together with Manchester City FC and New York City FC. But is there really only one team in Melbourne?
Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Melbourne Victory
‘Laide in Red
After necking a disappointing Victoria Bitter, I chose to wander around the Docklands area a final time before kick-off. As I passed the station’s main entrance, a gaggle of loud mouths descended the stairs to my left. These were Adelaide United Continue reading
I Wanna Be Victory
Football traditionalists could be forgiven for taking an immediate dislike to the corporate, advertising vessel that is Melbourne Victory Football Club. But don’t take it out on the fans.
As Football historian Joe Gorman puts it in his excellent Continue reading
Silencing the Terraces: The Death of Active Support in Australia
In this guest post, reader Zachary Rees reveals the truth behind the contemporary political forces throwing their weight around in Australian Football. All words and opinions are the author’s own.
When I first moved to Australia, my interest in the local Football league, the A-League, was Continue reading
The A-League in Auckland
The Hyundai A-League is expanding to accommodate 2 more clubs. The current clubs hail from Sydney (2), Melbourne (2), Wellington, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Gosford. The big question is which cities will host the next 2.
The only Australian cities without an A-League team large enough to be potential candidates are Canberra, Cairns Continue reading