David Gallop Stepping Down Due to Changes

Gallop announced his retirement at the end of 2019, earlier this week. After serving for seven years in the position of chief executive for the Football Federation of Australia, he now feels that the diminished role which the chief executive will have after planned changes in the structure is his sign of resigning.

Clubs to Take Control

The Australian professional football leagues charged the New League Working Group to take the current structure under consideration and to suggest changes to improve the system. The group returned with many suggestions including that clubs should be in more control of the more massive competitions. They suggested that an organization should be brought to life with representatives from every club. This organization will be in control of the A-League as well as the women’s and youth leagues. This would entail a complete shift away from the current FFA control and bring almost total separation between the associations and the national football body. These changes will bring a fundamental shift in Gallop’s position. A much narrower role will have to be fulfilled as the one that he has been doing for the past seven years. Gallop also mentioned that this would bring challenges on how competitions on a professional level will be managed. He suggested that a clear and definite idea about how they indicate the leadership should look like and what the role would entail should be brought to the table.

FFA and Gallop Feeling Pressure

Earlier this year both Gallop and the FFA decided to fire Alen Stajcic from the position as coach for the Australian women’s team. This was due to Stajcic’s expression of unhappiness regarding the welfare and working situations of players. He made these based on feedback from interviews and confidential surveys to determine the team’s culture and environment. Later on, an apology had to be offered to Stajcic for this unprecedented move from authorities, who failed to provide any evidence as grounds for their decision.

Gallop’s Career

During his time at the FFA, Gallop was part of many football highlights for the Aussies. These included their men’s team bringing back the Asian Cup in 2015. Gallop worked at improving the women’s league and towards bringing in added competitions for them. He is also behind the A$346 million broadcasting agreement which was signed for six years and is still considered to be the greatest ever in the history of the organization. His time there also saw some hardships in the Australian camp with FIFA threatening to end the Australian membership when they were in a locked-down position due to struggles of accepting the changes in governance. Gallop’s contract was due to stop at the end of 2020. His early retirement is yet another setback for the professional world of football in Australia. Gallop is convinced though that the national love that all Australians have for the game and the desire to see it grow will, however, carry them forward.

Increased Australian Involvement in Soccer

Soccer is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the entire globe. With this success, there are still places where it is continually reaching new heights of popularity, involvement and interest. Australia is considered to be one of these unique places.

Soccer in a Rugby Supporting World

Over the ages, Australia has made a prominent name for itself both in the worlds of rugby and cricket. A sport which is well under-publicized though is Australian soccer. Many Australian soccer players have made a great success in their careers, although with teams representing other nationalities. These include names like Sydney born Callum Elder playing for Ipswich F.C in England and Mile Jedinak, born in Camperdown, who is involved at Aston Villa F.C. This trend of Aussies making a success on an international level is a great inspiration for the sport-loving nation of Australia to turn their focus to soccer with more attention and interest. Another contributing factor to the new growing interest in their national women’s team’s efforts and involvement in the FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup. The Matildas left the run for the Cup on a very heart-breaking note, but their pre-Cup successes and their relentless efforts to achieve success once again are all that is required to let the passionate Aussie fans warm up to the sport.

Marketing the Game through Sports Betting

The changes in the world of Australian sports, the game is also thoroughly sold on various platforms. Especially when it comes to sports betting or mobile betting, the growth of interest in soccer has taken a tremendous upturn. This is further fuelled by easy access to sportsbooks and regular promotions and irresistible sports betting offers.

Towards a Bright Future

With all the increased interest in the sport, it might become a reality soon for Australia to host a World Cup tournament in the future. Regarding this, it is already a plan which has been placed into action as they are working with Indonesia on the possibility of being joint hosts for the 2034 World Cup Series. Even if this bid is not accepted, it is a clear indication of the amount of support which soccer has in Australia. The Australians also have their eye on hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup Tournament, and they have already prepared their bid for this.

Strong Support

When you have the strong support of a sport-loving nation backing you and you have local athletes who excel on both domestic as well as international level in a particular sport, then is it without a doubt the perfect environment to expand the horizons and give the fans the opportunity for more serious involvement in the competition. Thus making Australia perhaps the ideal place of choice to host such a significant international event in the future. This will be a great leap forward not only for soccer in Australia but indeed for the game of soccer globally loved and played.

The End of the World Cup for Matildas

A Dream Has Been Shattered

It has been very clear from day one that the Australian Matildas are in it to win the Cup, but then all dreams and hopes were shattered on the 23rd of June, and the crowds went silent. The emotion on the field was one of complete disbelief and devastation. They were out of the run, and the world is watching. What turned out to be one of the most captivating games in the entire Women’s Soccer World Cup did not end well for the Matildas.

A Brave Battle

During the entire game the Matilda never once stopped the fight for victory. Their resilience and magnificent comeback after losing to Brazil was noted far and wide and made a dream for them to win the Cup even more determined. Also getting a new coach a mere four months ahead of the World Cup didn’t stop them also to consider the fact that they might not make it. For the Matildas, this was their Cup to bring home. During their clash with Norway, they continued with this even after losing a player when Alanna Kennedy, defensive leader received a red card and they had to proceed with a slightly crippled team. The Aussie defender was confirmed guilty in the 104th minute of grabbing the shirt of Lisa-Marie Utland, Norwegian striker.

The Disruption in Play, a Break in Momentum

The Aussies kept the Norwegian team busy and running from the start, and it seemed that they were dominating for the first couple of minutes until the Norwegians found their rhythm again about 15 minutes in and the game was on in full force. The momentum was shattered in the 42nd minute with a long delay when Maria Thorisdotter, Norway’s defender seemed to have cleared the ball with either her shoulder or upper arm and a handball was called out. Valuable time was spent on looking at replays bringing the rhythm to a stop and then when the Aussies expected a penalty, the VAR wasn’t in their favour, and she was cleared, and the game had to continue.

A Penalty Shoot Out Failure

After a gruelling game and a draw on the scoreboard, the penalties determined the victor in the end and the rolling dice didn’t go in Aussie favour. Lydia Williams, the goalkeeper for the Matildas, had a brilliant play all game long, blocking six shots and deflecting two long-range shots. This was not a day of favour for Sam Kerr’s famous foot and when the Australians got an opening penalty kick her attempt went wide and high, right into the stands. Diminishing their odds against the Norwegians with a penalty score which just wasn’t good enough.

Then There Was Silence

And just like that the months of preparation, the hopes and dreams of victory and a lifetime of commitment turned into a heart-breaking defeat for a team and their nation. As Waltzing Matilda goes silent, the light shining from the Cup has gone dark for the Aussies.

W-League receives 33% Pay Hike to Equal Men

During April the Matildas was using FIFA’s own words against them in a threat of legal action regarding a gender pay gap in the sport. CEO of Professional Footballers Australia gave them his support and committed himself to gender equality. Their complaints were heard, and earlier this month, they received a 33% pay increase in base payment to equal their hourly remuneration with that of their male counterparts.

Men Will Still Be Earning More

The 33% adjustment has been made to the base hourly rate that the players earn. This is regarded as progress since up until as recently as two years ago, the female players in the W-League was still seen as amateurs and didn’t receive any remuneration except for reimbursement of their expenses. During 2017 this changed and their conditions of employment were improved. The struggle by female players to earn the same amounts as their male counterparts were also under investigation in March. The US women’s soccer team took legal action against the US national federation based on gender discrimination due to vast differences in their pay structure.

Still though with the pay increase in place, women will always be earning less because they spend less time playing in a shorter season. Their season runs for a mere 14 weeks which is slightly longer than half of the men’s season which is running over 27 weeks.

Australia is the leader in campaigning for equal pay for women in sports globally. Since 2017 the women’s cricket team is also set on the same base hourly rate as their male counterparts, but they too are earning less due to fewer chances to play during the season.

The Gap in Prize Money

Another large gender pay gap which still needs to be attended to is the prize money that winning teams earn. The winning team in the W-League will walk away with a mere US$4 million and the runner-up team with US$2.6 million in comparison with the prize money for the winners during the Men’s Soccer World Cup where their male counterparts walked away with a winning prize money of US$38 million and the runner-up team with US$28 million. The amount which is paid less towards winning teams during the Women’s World Cup compared to the Men’s World Cup totals at US$370 million. FIFA explains this enormous pay gap as the result of less revenue produced through the women’s tournaments vs the men’s championships. This explanation is received with a lot of criticism in the sporting world, but FIFA is not revealing their figures to the public, so it is hard to accept or dismiss it entirely.

Pay gaps in women’s sports is a sensitive matter, not only in Australia but globally. The main reason why Norway’s star player Ada Hegerberg is not part of their World Cup team is due to a dispute which she has with the national federation of Norway regarding gender equality and a lack of recognition of women in the sport.

Sam Kerr, Aussie Star

Playing in one of the most active teams in the Women’s World Cup, it comes as no surprise when Coach Bobby Despotovski goes into reminiscence about the first time when he saw Sam Kerr playing. While watching the young play at his club’s training grounds, his attention was drawn to a bunch of girls practising. He then saw the 13-year old. He remembers noticing the talent that she had, waiting to be developed, her skills, the quickness of her movements astounded him. Now being the head coach of Perth Glory Women, he was then already sure that this young player is going to have a golden future on the soccer field.

Kerr’s Early Career

Australia is known for playing a kind of soccer which differs slightly from that played in the rest of the world. It is a mixture of soccer, and American football often called “Aussie rules” or “footy”. Their professional league is called the Australian Football League. The rules differ in many ways. In “footy” the ball is oval shaped and so is the field. At each end of the area are four posts of which the middle two are considered the goal posts. Kicking the ball between these two posts will get the team 6 points. In this game, players are also allowed to tackle, and the ball is sometimes picked up and hit with the other. This was the game that Sam Kerr grew up in. That was until the age of 12-years old. She had to switch to soccer since the boys against whom they were competing were getting too big. Sam was upset and didn’t like leaving “footy” behind at all. This was, however, not a course on which she would ever have been able to achieve great success and looking back now, she is glad that the switch happened.

Recent Success

Sam Kerr has found her way in soccer and is at the age of 25 playing for two teams. Perth Glory when in the Australian Women’s League and for the Chicago Red Stars when in US National Women’s Soccer League. Her success and powerful influence in the industry was confirmed when Nike signed a $1 million deal with her earlier this year.

So far in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Kerr is behind one of the goals of the Australian Matildas. Her signature celebration after scoring is doing a backflip on the field. Sam Kerr gained the status as the all-time leading scorer in National Women’s Soccer League during the 2018 season. The same year she was also named the 2018 Young Australian of the Year. Kerr has represented Australia in 2010, 2014 and 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cups and has been playing for the Australian Matildas since 2011, representing them at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Judging on her successes thus far, Despotovski seems to have been correct in his predictions that her future is golden.

Australia vs Brazil in 2019 Women’s World Cup

An essential match during the 2019 Women’s World Cup will occur on Thursday afternoon when the two most elite teams in Group C, Brazil and Australia, collide in an exciting soccer match in Montpellier.

Team Rankings and Betting Odds

At the moment, Brazil is ranked 10th in the world when it comes to women’s football and starts their journey in the tournament by defeating Jamaica 3-0 to take a spot in the knockout stages. On the other hand, Australia is ranked 6th in the world and was defeated by Italy during their opening game of the tournament.

Australia will look for a positive result when they play against Brazil on Thursday afternoon. If they are unable to defeat Brazil, they might risk missing the knockout stages completely. Kick off will take place at noon ET from the Stade de la Mosson.

Bookmakers have recently listed Australia as the favourites to win the match with a +115 moneyline, while Brazil is seen as the underdogs with a +220 moneyline. The draw for the game is set at +260, while the over/under is set at 2.5 goals for the match. Before you place your bets on the game this week, make sure you take some time to read the predictions set out by David Sumpter, a European soccer expert.

Soccermatics

David Sumpter is a renowned mathematician and the author of the favourite book “Soccermatics”. His book explains how mathematics works in the world of sports. He also created the compelling Soccerbot model along with a wide range of other analysts.

The Soccerbot examines a team’s performance and includes the current odds. It will also calculate metrics and will even predict any upcoming match. Since its inception three years ago, the Soccerbot model from Sumpter is up an unbelievable 2,000% when it comes to Premier League games.

Since the start of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, it already impresses loads of bettors, returning at least $725 to anyone that will follow it’s predicted picks. The Soccerbot model also correctly predicted amazing Argentina vs Japan draw of +825 and was spot on when it came to New Zealand getting defeated by the Netherlands and England beating Scotland during the opening games.

With such an incredible record, the Soccerbot now looks towards Brazil vs Australia match. It seems like Australia will be the more desperate team to win the game on Thursday afternoon after they failed to score a point against Italy. They will also leave without any points if they fail to defeat Brazil. Australia’s only opportunity to advance to the knockout stages is by defeating Jamaica, depending on what happens during the match between Jamaica and Italy.

With all the information the Soccerbot gathers, it looks like its leaning towards Australia to win the match. Although Brazil is more experienced in the field, the national team from Australia will want to be victorious, and that means more trouble for Brazil.

Largest Football Stadiums in Australia

Australia is renowned for providing some of the best performances in sport in the world, including cricket, Aussie Rules, rugby, football. It’s for this reason that the country also impresses with some of the most remarkable football stadiums in the world to ensure spectators can enjoy the game in a live setting whenever they play domestic or international matches. If you ever find yourself in Australia, and you consider yourself to be a sports fanatic, we highly recommend that you visit one of these incredible football stadiums.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne cricket ground, situated in Yarra Park, Victoria is regarded as the biggest football stadium in Australia and is also referred to as ‘The G’ by locals. With an astonishing seating capacity of 100,0245, the football stadium is not only a popular destination for cricket matches but also plays host to a wide range of other sporting events, including football. The Melbourne cricket ground was initially constructed in 1853 and currently ranked as the 10th largest stadium in the world. It’s also considered the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere. The Melbourne cricket ground is easily accessible and is situated within walking distance from the busy city centre.

Stadium Australia

With an impressive 84,000 seating capacity, Stadium Australia is situated in Sydney, New South Wales, and is regarded as the second biggest football stadium in the entire country. The stadium, formerly referred to as the Telstra Stadium, is now considered as the Homebush Stadium, Sydney Olympic Stadium, or only Olympic Stadium by locals. This is seen as a multi-purpose stadium that officially opened its doors on 6 March 1999 in time for the Summer Olympics that took place in 2000 that the country was hosting. Since the stadium opened its doors, the State of Origin home matches has been played by the rugby team in New South Wales. The stadium also plays host to the Grand Final of the National Rugby League every single year.

Docklands Stadium

The Docklands stadium is considered the third biggest football stadium in Australia with a seating capacity that reaches 56,347. This multi-purpose stadium not only offers football matches but also provides a wide range of other sporting events, such as cricket and rugby. Situated in Victoria, Australia, the Docklands stadium was formerly known by many sponsored names, including the Etihad Stadium, the Telstra Stadium, and the Colonial Stadium. The stadium was initially constructed in 1997 and is regarded as a substitute for the Waverly Park. The doors of the stadium opened on 9 March 2000 and cost $460 million.

Adelaide Oval

With a seating capacity of 53,853, the Adelaide stadium is regarded as the fourth biggest stadium in Australia. This multi-purpose stadium also plays host to Australian football games, cricket, and rugby apart from soccer. The stadium opened its doors back in 1871 and received loads of renovations and improvements in 2008 and 2014 to ensure it can still be used to this day for sporting events.

The Largest Football Stadiums in Australia

A football stadium in Australia is a massive structure that usually comes with a roofless enclosing along with a field that football can be played on. The structure contains tiers of seats, allowing fans to sit during a sporting event. Australia offers a wide variety of stadiums with football pitches.

Most of the stadiums in Australia are designed to host more than one sporting event, including rugby leagues and cricket tournaments. The national football team of Australia does not have a national stadium which the players can call home. Therefore, the football team is usually required to play at various stadiums across the country when there’s a match in the state. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest football stadiums in Australia.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Situated in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria, the Melbourne cricket ground is considered the biggest stadium in the country and is often referred to as The G by the locals. With a 100,024 seating capacity, the Melbourne cricket stadium is not only known as one of the most popular cricket stadiums in the world but also hosts a wide variety of football matches in the country. The stadium was initially constructed in 1853 and is currently ranked as the 10th largest stadium in the world, and the biggest stadium in Australia as well as the Southern Hemisphere.

Stadium Australia

With an 84,000 seating capacity, Stadium Australia is situated in Sydney, New South Wales, and is considered the second biggest stadium within the country. Previously known as Telstra Stadium and commonly referred to as Olympic Stadium, the multi-purpose stadium first opened its doors in 1999 ahead of the Summer Olympics in 2000. You will also notice that the New South Wales rugby team plays the State of Origin home matches in the stadium each year since it opened its doors.

Docklands Stadium

With a 56,347 seating capacity, the Docklands Stadium is regarded as the third biggest stadium in Australia and is also a multi-purpose stadium hosting cricket, rugby, and football matches. The stadium also has a wide range of other names, including the Etihad Stadium, Telstra Dome, and Colonial Stadium due to sponsorships. The stadium was initially constructed in 1997 and opened its doors in 2000 after costing $460 million. The stadium is primarily used for Australian Football, also referred to as Aussie Rules.

Adelaide Oval

With a 53,853 seating capacity, the Oval is situated in Adelaide, South Australia and is considered the fourth biggest stadium in the country. This is a multi-purpose stadium where you can enjoy Australian Football matches or cricket games. Other sporting events that are hosted in the stadium include rugby leagues, concerts, rugby union, and soccer. The Adelaide Oval plays host to both the South Australian National Football League as well as the South Australian Cricket Association. The stadium opened its doors in 1871 and received loads of renovations in 2008 as well as 2014.

Sydney FC Defeat Perth Glory to Become A-League Champions

In the end, justice was undoubtedly served following Sydney FC’s massive upset against Perth Glory to be crowned the latest A-league champions of 2019 eventually.

Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

Andrew Redmayne was considered the ultimate hero after the match went into a penalty shootout against the hometown favourites. The yellow wiggle, as Andrew Redmayne has been dubbed since the game, danced all over the line to save the spot kick by Andy Keogh.

Brendon Santalab also had a devastating delivery to Andrew Redmayne, striking the ball directly into the hands of the goalkeeper which was regarded as the last kick he will ever have in professional football. This occurred just before Reza Ghoochannejhad struck a decisive blow.

You could hear a small pin drop at the Optus Stadium when the air was utterly sucked out of the stadium, leaving the hearts of Perth Glory fans shattered. There’s no denying that Tony Popovic was also devastated after the match as he has no managed to reach the final four times without a single victory.

After a season where Perth Glory dominated the league, it was a genuinely unexpected blow for the home side. However, you cannot take away the brilliance that Sydney FC delivered in the evening. Riding on a boost of confidence after the demolition of Melbourne Victory last weekend, Sydney FC could have easily scored during the first half of the match. It was a physical and fierce battle that ended with a 0-0 scoresheet at the end of the first half. This is precisely how things remained during the second half as well. However, the visitors were quite disappointed after they didn’t get the opening goal during the first half.

Controversy in the Match

During the 28th minute of the match, controversy struck hard for Sydney FC, when Michael Zullo made a great run from behind to kick the ball against Matthew Spiranovic who managed to deliver the ball into his net. However, shortly after the goal was scored, the linesman raised the flag to call for offside even though the relays indicated that Zullo was indeed onside. However, the VAR decision was not reversed either.

This call left Steve Corica, the head coach for the Sky Blues, absolutely fuming after the goal wasn’t given for his side. He managed to watch how his team gradually started getting the upper hand over his opponent’s thanks to the excellent performances delivered by Milos Ninkovic and Rhyan Grant.

Ninkovic was essentially pulling the strings of the match, while Rhyan Grant was in a fierce battle between Jason Davidson and Chris Ikonomidis, who is also his fellow teammates in the Socceroos squad.

All the drama of the match played out in front of more than 56,000 spectators at Opus Stadium, creating a truly fantastic atmosphere for the last game of the season. The Sky Blues managed to deliver an impressive victory, and they deserve the championship.

Melbourne Victory Gets Humiliated by Sydney FC in 1-6 Demolition

The 50th Big Blue has managed to provide one of the most phenomenal results in an incredible demolition lock in the decider of the A-League.

Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

Sydney FC has managed to humiliate Melbourne Victory with a thrilling 6-1 victory in the preliminary final of the A-League. This incredible result has equalled the most significant winning margin in the history of clashes when it comes to the Big Blue, matching Melbourne Victory’s 5-0 triumph in 2005 in only the second game between the foundation clubs.

Archie Thompson, the Fox Sports pundit, wore a Sydney FC team jersey after the game after he lost a wager. However, he didn’t have to do much to let his feelings get recognised. Thompson stated after the match that it is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the history of Melbourne Victory and that it was challenging to take.

The victory party for Sydney FC started only three minutes into the game when the goalkeeper for Melbourne Victory, Lawrence Thomas, completely misjudged the Sydney FC corner and dropped the ball after catching it. Unfortunately, the ball rolled into the net after Aaron Calver got a slight touch on it. It was a nightmare start for Melbourne Victory and a dream come true for Sydney FC.

The defending champions, Melbourne Victory, had no answer after two late goals during the first half. Alex Brosque managed to score a phenomenal goal before he decided to put a scorcher of a strike past Thomas that resulted in an own goal thanks to the header from Leigh Bloxham.

The 50th Big Blue Match

While Melbourne Victory might have hoped for something similar to a Liverpool comeback in the Champions League, the hole got bigger and deeper as the match continued during the second half.

Sydney FC managed to comfortably march into the A-League final against Perth Glory after they doubled the lead against their rivals, only giving Melbourne Victory one consolation goal for the evening.

Adam Le Fondre managed to bag a double during the second half to humiliate Melbourne Victory and take completely revenge over the prelim shootout defeat from last year. Milos Ninkovic made it 6 for the evening before a last-minute header from Ola Toivonen placed Victory on the scoreboard.

Only one team decided to come out and play during the 50th Big Blue meeting between the biggest football clubs in Australia. This provided a nail-biting clash between Sydney FC and Perth Glory, who won against Adelaide United in a dramatic shootout on Friday evening.

This is considered the biggest win for Sydney FC in a final and the biggest defeat for Melbourne Victory, a result that no one expected to happen much like the Champions League final on 1 June 2019. As everyone would be expected, the head coach for Sydney FC was thrilled with the win and cannot wait for the final to take place against Perth Glory.