A-League clubs reject "wholly inadequate" FFA funding proposal

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Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin has labelled the offer of $3.25m per club as evidence of FFA's "disregard for the A-League" and its investors

The A-League clubs continue to push for more control over their own destiny after rejecting Football Federation Australia's (FFA) offer of $32.5million for the 2017-18 season.

According to a statement from the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA) - the representative body of the A-League clubs, FFA's allocation of $3.25million per club is below 50 per cent of "direct revenue" produced by the competition.

Club chairmen and CEOs met with FFA CEO David Gallop on Tuesday and "unanimously rejected as wholly inadequate" the governing body's proposal.

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APFCA and Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin said: "We have worked in good faith for the last eighteen months to achieve a distribution that will deliver a sustainable future for the league.

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Greg Griffin (centre), Adelaide United

"With this proposal the FFA has shown its disregard for the A-League and those who have invested in it. The clubs are no longer prepared to fund the FFA through annual club losses.

"This is yet another example of the need for reform of the governance and management of our game and things must change now."

The FFA's annual cash distribution to the A-League clubs is supposed to cover the competition's salary cap, which currently stands at $2.6m.

The APFCA's statement did, however, give a sense A-League club owners aren't willing to spend any money at all.

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"Under this proposal nearly every dollar would be pre-committed to cover the $3.2m of player obligations made up of A-League, W-League, NPL and NYL player payments," read the statement.

"It leaves scholarship players, homegrown players, marquee players, guest players, season long guest players, relocation and other salary cap exempt items unaccounted for.

"This is before any consideration is given to any other club expenditures such as payroll tax, insurance, mandated junior academy investments, coaching and medical staff, administration and commercial staff, community outreach, marketing and stadium training and administration facility costs."

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The APFCA has been pushing for more control of the A-League for months, with expanded voting rights in the governing body's congress a key point of contention.

It is understood the APFCA combined with Football Victoria and Football NSW to block FFA's preferred congress model earlier this year.

In February, Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro called for "all revenue raised by the A-League [be] retained and invested to grow the A-League".

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