Steven Lowy 'proud' of achievements as FFA chairman

Steven Lowy
He's a man under pressure, but Steven Lowy isn't letting his head drop

With a FIFA intervention looming over Australian football right now, Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy is a man that has refused to roll over and is quite proud of all he's achieved during his tenure.

Replacing his father Frank in late 2015 as the head honcho of the FFA, his time at the helm has been anything but smooth sailing. 

Criticised for his recent handling of a recent FFA Congress that has led to an impasse with A-League clubs and FIFA's subsequent arrival to work out a path moving forward, Lowy's position has come under increasing scrutiny alongside FFA chief executive David Gallop.

With A-League viewership struggling, marketing of the game questionable and the clubs denied a greater say in how their game is being run, Lowy's tenure in charge has been troublesome.

But the man himself has dug his heels in when others have called for change up the top and looks back on his time in charge to date rather fondly. 

"I am very proud of what's been achieved in my chairmanship," Lowy told The Age.

"It's clearly been clouded by the noise of the politics of the game but I am very proud that the Socceroos have qualified for the World Cup.

"I am very proud the Matildas are No.4 in the world and on the cusp of a very important Asian Cup.

"I am very proud that the finances of the FFA are in really good shape. The greatest revenues we have ever had."

While Lowy did concede there are issues that need to be resolved within Australian football, he insisted the burden of resolving such problems lies with the whole and not the individual.

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Dwindling crowds and a staling A-League format are just two concerns that could be alleviated somewhat with expansion plans set to see two new sides introduced in the 2019/20 season. 

On those plans and FIFA's so far subdued role down under, Lowy suggested things would become clearer on both fronts in coming weeks.