FA CEO James Johnson outlines the roadmap to promotion and relegation in Australia

James Johnson has confirmed that Football Australia has settled on two models for a national second tier, and the federation now is in the final process of determining the shape of the next significant chapter in Australian football. Full story on ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league-men/story/4521449/fa-ceo-james-johnson-outlines-the-roadmap-to-promotion-and-relegation-in-australia

The quest to re-establish Melbourne Victory as A-League ‘benchmark’

If the adage "the bigger they are, the harder the fall" rings true, then no side in #ALeague history has had as spectacular a fall as Melbourne Victory. In their words, how Tony Popovic and John Didulica want to re-establish the league "benchmark". Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/melbourne-victory/story/4447345/the-quest-to-re-establish-melbourne-victory-as-a-league-benchmark https://twitter.com/joeylynchy/status/1425002536503701506?s=20 https://twitter.com/joeylynchy/status/1425015796053331969?s=20

Football Australia adds national second tier to football pyramid in calendar restructure

The introduction of a national second tier has taken a significant step forward with Football Australia inserting a placeholder for the competition into the nation's domestic football calendar for 2021-22. Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australia-aus/story/4441281/football-australia-adds-national-second-tier-to-football-pyramid-in-calendar-restructure

“…destroyed everything” – Corica fumes over refereeing decisions in Grand Final defeat

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has made no bones about expressing his frustration with two refereeing decisions in Sunday evening's A-League final that, in his mind, devestated his side's quest for a historic three-peat. After absorbing an initial wave of City pressure bouyed by a sellout Melbourne crowd, Corica’s team took the lead in the … Continue reading “…destroyed everything” – Corica fumes over refereeing decisions in Grand Final defeat

Perth, injuries, Olyroos, and a Joe Marston Medal – City’s Nathaniel Atkinson caps off extraordinary 2020-21

After briefly falling out of love with football, an aborted move interstate and a horror run of injuries, Melbourne City's Nathaniel Atkinson has capped off a roller coaster 2020-21 season in picture-perfect fashion: as an A-League champion and Joe Marston medalist. Deployed up front for the second week in a row to cover for the … Continue reading Perth, injuries, Olyroos, and a Joe Marston Medal – City’s Nathaniel Atkinson caps off extraordinary 2020-21

Melbourne City usher in a new era with A-League Grand Final success

MELBOURNE -- The king is dead. Long live the king. Some 4,398 days after the entity that was then known as Melbourne Heart was awarded a licence to compete in the A-League, and 2,712 days since the club was purchased by the City Football Group, Melbourne City are the champions of Australia after they downed … Continue reading Melbourne City usher in a new era with A-League Grand Final success

City seek a title seven-years in the making

The 2020-21 A-League Grand Final just hours away, Melbourne City’s players will head to AAMI Park this afternoon not just seeking a maiden championship but also to finally fulfil the promise that accompanied the arrival of City Football Group (CFG).  Placed behind the eight-ball by the league’s insistence on giving its founding clubs five years … Continue reading City seek a title seven-years in the making

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL MICHAEL PETRILLO ON SECURING CITY’S LONG TERM FUTURE

Fresh off securing a front three of Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, and Mathew Leckie for the next three years, Melbourne City anticipates locking in the majority of its squad soon after what they hope will be a successful Grand Final on Sunday. Don’t, however, expect Daniel Arzani to be among that number.  Full story published … Continue reading DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL MICHAEL PETRILLO ON SECURING CITY’S LONG TERM FUTURE