Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

Bentleigh Greens' long wait for answer on progression to FFA Cup semi-final


Michael Lynch National Premier League giant killers Bentleigh Greens will have to wait a month to see if they can make the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after being given a date of October 29 for their quarter-final...

Victory valued at $30 million as share sale opens

Score: The Victory shares are now open to expressions of interest and will be until the end of October.

Michael Lynch Either the FFA got things badly wrong with the sale of Western Sydney Wanderers, or Melbourne Victory is over-valued.


FFA delays Qatar appeal decision

Mark Bresciano in action in Qatar.

Sebastian Hassett and Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia will wait for final confirmation from FIFA about the rescheduling of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before deciding whether or not to launch an appeal.

With this team in tatters, it's time FFA bosses took blame for the mess

Michael Lynch Australia surely must have run out of sackcloth and ashes.


Failure to build for future rests with FFA board

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Australia must surely now have run out of sackcloth and ashes.


FFA pondered sacking Holger Osieck as Socceroos stumbled into World Cup

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Michael Lynch FFA chief executive David Gallop has admitted that the organisation had been looking at axing Holger Osieck as long ago as last June.


FFA move on Postecoglou a messy business

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Michael Lynch All animals are equal. But, as George Orwell reminded us, some are more equal than others.


FFA gets its man, but process leaves a lot to be desired

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Michael Lynch It's clear the FFA made its mind up about Holger Osieck's successor straight away.


FFA's 'sucker punch' may provoke ugly war

Michael Lynch The FFA certainly won the battle with Melbourne Victory over the hottest property in Australian football, Ange Postecoglou, the new Socceroos coach.

FFA chief David Gallop eyes $100m annual windfall from TV

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia aims to more than double its $40 million a year TV revenues when the next broadcast deal is struck, lifting rights fees perhaps as high as $100 million a year.

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Rojas makes FFA awards history

Marco Rojas

Michael Lynch Young winger dubbed the ''Kiwi Messi'' by his more ardent fans has had a breakout campaign.


FFA denies Jordan claim

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Michael Lynch FFA says it did send a welcoming party to Melbourne airport for the arrival of World Cup opponent Jordan and it does not know why national coach, Adnan Hamad, was held by Australian customs for four...


FFA denies leaving Jordan's coach stranded at airport


Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia officials are bemused by claims from World Cup opponents Jordan that no Australian representatives were there to meet them at Melbourne airport on Wednesday evening when...


FFA asks the $43 million question over Qatar cup

Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch Frank Lowy demands FIFA return $43 million wasted in futile bid for World Cup.

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Calls for FFA transparency

Michael Lynch It's fast turning into the week from hell for Football Federation Australia.


Buckley hits out over attack on FFA

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia boss says players' union wrong to condemn organisation.

Big Clive lights fuse under FFA

Michael Lynch Support for Clive Palmer's complaints show how much ground those who run the sport have lost with some sections of the public.


FFA: the failures and the successes

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Michael Lynch It has been the most tumultuous fortnight in Australian soccer since 2004.

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Buckley's hopes of fixing the FFA


Michael Lynch The fate of Football Federation Australia's chief Ben Buckley is hanging by a thread.

Ready, set, go: FFA's time is now

Nathan Tinkler.

Michael Lynch The governing body must learn from the mistakes and failures of the past and focus on rebuilding the brand.