FFA Congress Resolution Narrowly Voted Down

Following today’s Football Federation Australia AGM, there were seven state associations who voted in support of FFA’s resolutions and endeavours to expand the Members of Football Federation Australia’s Congress. These measures have not passed a resolution which would have increased representation for women, professional clubs and professional players.The seven state associations, including Tasmania have released the following statement.

Seven Member Federations, voting independently and representing 70% of the voting congress of the FFA are disappointed that the Resolution to expand the FFA Congress from 10 Members to 21 Members did not achieve the required 75% majority and the status quo remains for the time being.

Based on our previous meeting with FIFA, we believe that there are a number of options available to try and assist with these governance changes and despite some media commentary to the contrary, a rush to normalisation is by no means the next step.

Notwithstanding this, the stakeholders will continue to work together during this very exciting time for football in Australia. Football continues to be the predominant participant sport, the womens game is thriving, the Soccerooos are bound for a fourth successive World Cup and the Hyundai A League offers spectators a quality product.

While our efforts to effect change regarding the Congress composition was unsuccessful in this instance, the AGM was successful in achieving other governance changes which will enhance the game. The Member Federations look forward to continue working with FFA and other stakeholders for the benefit of the game. As the not for profit organisations responsible for administration of the community game, we recognise the need to protect and enhance the development of football at every level.

Mark O Neill
Chairman Member Federations Advisory Committee