Almost 100 clubs meet in successful first meeting of the AAFC

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Almost 100 NPL clubs from around Australia met to share ideas on how to improve the structure of the game in the country

The Association of Australian Football Clubs Ltd (AAFC) held its inaugural meeting of clubs on Monday in order to share their concerns, experiences and knowledge and map a path to implementing necessary improvements to the structure of the game in Australia.

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Almost 100 NPL clubs from around the country have joined the recently-formed organisation, with this meeting their first opportunity to hold talks.

Clubs from Western Australia, North Queensland and every State and region in between were present and represented.

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Together, they:

- Unanimously endorsed AAFC to represent their interests; and

- Nominated delegates from each State to ensure that the organisation is an effective national body.

With these key aims established, the clubs also identified initial issues and goals and resolved that AAFC would:

1. Immediately pursue representation at the FFA Congress;

2. Develop a model for a Second Division to be implemented by the earliest, 2018/2019 season, with a timeline and plan for its full integration with the A League including promotion and relegation;

3. Investigate opportunities for reductions to operating costs and increases to revenue and revenue streams to ensure financial viability while reducing the cost of junior participation at this level;

4. Review and propose changes to the finance model and competition structure to unlock revenue streams and ensure compensation for players it develops is fair and readily secured;

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5. Build relationships at national, state and local levels in respect of facilities, sponsorship, grants and commercial opportunities;

6. Facilitate knowledge-sharing among its members through networking and sharing of information.