PFA confident of overcoming CBA 'hurdles'

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Professional Footballers’ Australia (PFA) are closer to a deal on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) after positive meetings over the past two Tuesdays.

FourFourTwo understands both parties are eager for a deal to be done given the time constraints, with the previous CBA expiring at the end of last month.

While there has been no formal movement on the agreement, the process is at a fluid stage following reports of officials storming out of meetings last month.

“Whilst we acknowledge that there are a number of hurdles to overcome the players believe these can be overcome and remain committed to establishing an agreement that delivers on the game’s enormous potential,” a PFA spokesperson told FourFourTwo.

“We compete in a truly global market and the domestic sporting landscape is amongst the most competitive in the world and this agreement is vital in ensuring that Australian football can attract the best athletes and compete on the world stage."

The PFA have sought a ‘whole-of-game’ agreement to cover all A-League, Socceroos and Matildas players.

The commitment of the FFA to contract to the flexibilities of the CBA, such as the proposed loyalty player payment, has been the stumbling block according to the PFA.

Meanwhile, it is understood no discussions have taken place about a change to the foreign marquee rule following reports of a switch to allow two overseas players outside the cap.