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Given a free hand, David Gallop tackles his FFA role with zest

Roy Masters There was something presidential about FFA chief executive David Gallop's "State of the Game" address in Sydney on Thursday, a US-style declaration of national goals achieved and those still to be...


Socceroos' pride should mean more than World Cup pay packets

Michael Cockerill "This," Rale Rasic is saying with a typically theatrical flourish, "is what you play for. The shirt." Never mind it was a Brazilian shirt, circa 1950s.

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Western Sydney Wanderers sold

Paul Lederer is expected to be named chairman of the Wanderers.

Sebastian Hassett One of the most protracted ownership handovers in Australian sport has finally been concluded with the Western Sydney Wanderers officially going into private ownership on June 30.

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All signs point in the right direction


Craig Foster A few events during the week stand out as signs of progress.

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TV deal great fillip for code

A-League launch 2012-13

Roy Masters Football Federation Australia set to announce four-year, $160 million broadcasting deal.

Neill on Becks: think carefully

Lucas Neill

Daniel Lane Socceroos captain says the ''king's ransom'' could be better spent.


FFA trumpets success by the numbers

Western Sydney fans.

Sebastian Hassett After all the hype that greeted the arrival of three elite marquee players, the most successful debut season of any expansion club and a nationwide buzz that enveloped the game, it was no surprise on...

Gallop will be Lowy's legacy


Michael Lynch Does Frank Lowy treat Australian soccer as his own personal fiefdom?


Cautious praise for FFA chief

David Gallop.

Sebastian Hassett, Sydney Key figures from across soccer landscape greet arrival of David Gallop with degrees of optimism and caution.


Garcia out to push Socceroo claims

Richard Garcia.

Michael Lynch Richard Garcia has spent half his 30 years living and playing at high-level clubs in England, yet the midfielder remains perhaps one of the least-known players to have pulled on the Socceroo shirt in...

United stand against thug minority

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Michael Cockerill Sydney United are angry, and finally they are going to do something about it. The hooligan minority that has dragged this once proud club almost to its knees over the past decade has seemingly...

Lowy must act on owners' gripes

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Michael Cockerill Frank Lowy refuses to be goaded into a tabloid-sized battle with Clive Palmer.

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.


'Free speech' riles FFA


Daniel Pace, Gold Coast Gold Coast's gutsy team of youngsters draw 1-1 with the desperate Melbourne Victory.


Palmer can go but franchise must live on

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill Clive Palmer's war of words with Football Federation Australia is becoming comical.


Gold Coast slogan 'in support of refugees'

Gold Coast United

The saga at Gold Coast United took another bizarre turn on Monday when the defiant club claimed they were highlighting the plight of refugees with a slogan that may cost owner Clive Palmer his...

Gold Coast claims slogan worn in support of refugees

Club claims it was highlighting the plight of refugees with a slogan.

Clive Palmer forms his own soccer body

Clive Palmer.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has created his own soccer organising body which he wants to replace Football Federation Australia following the axing of his A-League club Gold Coast United.