No A-League future for Phoenix

The A-League future of Wellington Phoenix appears grim with the Board of Football Federation Australia refusing a 10-year licence extension for the club.

The Kiwi outfit’s current licence expires at the end of this season prompting the ownership group Welnix to seek some long-term security.

FFA knocked back the application after evaluating the contribution of the franchise and finding it did not add to the future growth requirements of the league.

Phoenix received the FFA decision on Monday.

In a statement the club said: “The Welnix ownership group and Phoenix board will consider the situation in due course and no further comment will be made at this time.”

Under the Club Participation Agreement the Phoenix will be allowed to apply to remain in the competition until the end of the 2019/20 season.

But there seems little hope of competing in the A-League beyond that point.

FFA chief David Gallop said the board’s decision was taken in the best interests of Australian football.

“FFA has carefully evaluated the role and contribution of the Wellington franchise in terms of game development, player pathway, commercial factors, broadcast rights and the long-term strategic outlook,” Gallop said.

“The application for a 10-year extension to the licence does not meet the requirements we see as fundamental to the future growth of the Hyundai A-League.”

Under the Club Participation Agreement Phoenix has the option of requesting that FFA lodge an application to the relevant football authorities to seek approval of Phoenix’s participation in the Hyundai A-League until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

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It was always doomed to have a big oval field in a small country like NZ. There can never be a build up of atmosphere, no matter how hard the fans tried. How do you build or feel atmosphere and feelings when the next closest person to you is 100 metres away ?
According to the MLS board, they learnt to grow the game in America, they used small rectangular fields before they grew it. That is how England has 4 or more tiers.
I've said it so many times before. I told them to get Ange 3 years before they did too. The other thing for the A-League is to move Melbourne Heart to East Melbourne far away like Dandenong, not on top of the Victory.