A National Second Division has taken a step closer to becoming reality after a panel of experts were brought on board to finalise a timeline and structure for the new league.
A-League and NPL clubs will be asked for their input, as will players and state federations as the committee looks to create a second tier.
The league will look to bridge the gap between the NPL and the A-League and become a crucial step in player development.
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It will be the main focus of the FFA over the coming years with control of the A-League and it’s revenue set to be relinquished by Australian football’s governing body.
The committee includes Women’s Football Council Committee member Sue Crow, Football Federation South Australia President Sam Ciccarello, Football Victoria President Kimon Taliadoros, Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna, PFA Chief Executive John Didulica, Australian Association of Football Clubs Chairman Nick Galatas and AAFC Treasurer Christo Patsan.
“The first task of the Committee is to review the recommendations of the NSD Whitepaper, which was released in June and commence the task of drafting the competition architecture, including a budget, for the national second division, as well as consider an Expression of Interest process and timeline,” said Committee chairman Remo Nogarotto.
Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold and FFA Technical Director Rob Sherman will also be co-opted onto the committee as advisers to technical matters.
Shearman said that the key aim of the establishment of a second division was the further development of homegrown players to ensure the future successes of the national teams.
“I’m looking forward to working with the National Second Division Steering Committee as we seek to develop the national competition structure,” Sherman said.
“A robust competition structure will provide a pathway for not only for players, but for coaches, referees and administrators which will ultimately mean Australian football will be better placed to achieve more success internationally.”