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Rules Pointless Unless Adhered To

Sports administrators in the main are very sensitive people. The want all the praise but are not keen on criticism. One would have thought heading into a field where you are never going to keep everyone a happy a thick skin would be a prerequisite.

What is a major concern to sports lovers and participants is the inconsistency being shown by those running the various sports.

Rules and regulations are put in place by the various governing bodies yet none seem to have the courage to enforce those regulations; some sports enforce where it suits.

A prime example follows the introduction of a new side to a state competition. One of the conditions of entry so NTFS has been led to believe was that the new side would not go out and target players from existing clubs and entice them to the new club with incentives. Yet the feeling among a number of the existing clubs is that this is exactly what has happened. One club official claiming that the departing player was honest enough to share the deal he was being offered and explaining why he was leaving.

When this was taken up with the game’s governing body the club was allegedly told “What can we do?”

If you as a governing body are not going to do anything why put rules and regulations in place? When creating these rules it would be wise to outline the consequences of clubs or individuals breaking these regulations and the sanctions that they face. In this instant surely a fine or a deduction of points would have been the ideal way to show that such behaviour would not be tolerated?

Of course the ignorance of some clubs, run in the main by volunteers is a major cause of the mismanagement. Clubs are not aware of many of the rules or the constitutions under which they are operating and as a result people obtain positions they are not entitled to and no one says a word. In one sport one man currently holds three official positions, one with a club, which precludes him from holding one of his other positions, yet has anyone said anything?

They say we get the politicians we deserve, it would appear that sport is getting the administrators it deserves. Each club should take the time to read the rules and regulations as it is in their long term interests that they are adhered to. It may not affect your club now but it may down the track, so if one club steps out of line the others have an obligation to stand as one a nip that breaking of ranks in the bud.

If in this busy world that we live in they feel they do not have time to do such things they would be wise to elect a representative  whose sole job is to monitor such issues and ensure for the good of the clubs and the sport that rules and regulations are adhered to. They currently cannot rely on the administrators to carry out this role which in truth should fall under their remit.

If the administrators are not prepared to ensure that everything is run by the book, then is it any wonder that anarchy is sticking its head above the parapet?

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March 31, 2015 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

A League Built on Promises?

Last week the FFA revealed its plans for the National Premier Leagues, something that had previously been given the name the Australian Premier League.

There is a great deal in the document that is good for the game but there is also a great deal that appears to have not been thought through thoroughly.

The National Premier Leagues will replace all of the current State Premier Leagues, and will ‘underpin the Hyundai A League.’ Do the state leagues not already do that, by feeding talented players into A League clubs, for very little reward and often late compensation payments?

The aim according to the document released last week is ‘to create consistency across the State Premier Leagues, raise(s) standards in club management, whilst encouraging a greater focus on youth.’ Most involved with the game would applaud such moves and would agree wholeheartedly that such an approach can only benefit the game as a whole, however some serious questions have to be asked before this is pushed through and accepted.

The first is should not the FFA be looking – as per FIFA’s request when the World Cup bid was alive – to have each state federation being run along exactly the same lines and with the same constitutions before trying to implement such a radical change to the playing side of the game?  Once Australia’s World Cup Bid, this move to standardise Australia’s football administration was shelved. If there is not a uniformity in the way that the game is being run across the country then such a league is doomed to fail. You are after all only as strong as your weakest link, and if one state body choses to do something differently or a dispute arises then the whole league will crumble. The game itself is not in as bad a state as many would like to claim, but administratively, and that goes from the FFA down to many of the semi professional clubs there is room for a great deal of improvement. There is room for structure and support, two vital components of any structurally sound business. Unless the FFA move to make all of the State bodies be run under the same rules and structures the National Premier League should be shelved.

Why are the FFA so keen to push the National Premier League Competition through and force it upon all the clubs playing in Premier Leagues around the country. The answer is simple, it is based on a promise that was made to the Asian Football Confederation when Australia joined. Ultimately the National Premier Leagues are being put in place to satisfy the AFC that there is a league below the Hyundai A League and eventually – as originally requested by the AFC – A league sides could find themselves facing the prospect of relegation and being replaced by the team that wins the national Premier League competition, this will be determined by the team that wins the national play off between the club champions around Australia. Quite how this is going to work and how a semi-professional club is going to move from being semi professional to full time is going to be very interesting, although it is believed that some key clubs may well be approached to breakaway from their state Premier leagues and play in a second tier competition.

Also promised was a national cup competition and most fans around the country would welcome such a competition, having had the carrot dangled a few years ago little progress appears to have been made with this. Yet this would be probably easier to set up and run than a national Premier League

The biggest concern with this whole structure is where is the money going to come for clubs to implement many of the key requirements? For a start each semi professional club has to appoint a technical director, yet many of the Hyundai A League clubs do not employ anyone in that position. A League clubs do very little in the development of young players, and so the onus is now being shifted down to the semi-professional clubs, but that development comes at a cost in terms of equipment coaches training space etcetera, who is going to fund this?

A transparency of the financials of each club is required, yet privately owned Hyundai A League clubs who are virtually all run at a loss are not declared to the FFA, these accounts are the business of the private franchise owners. Many of the Semi Professional clubs around the country are businesses tied to sporting associations or run as a small business, why would they open their books to the game’s governing body when the same transparency is not available from the top of the game to them?

A National Premier League is an excellent idea but the foundations have to be put in place if this is to work, and currently we are trying to build something that is supposed to last for many years to come to a very tight time frame and with no solid foundation. If this progresses in the next two years purely to satisfy a promise that was made, it is doomed to fail. If football is unified administratively across the country and the appropriate funds allocated to such a competition, it could become one of the best second tier competitions in any sport in Australia, but it has to be done properly.

February 18, 2013 at 11:43 am 2 comments


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