South Coast: A-League ripe for expansion

South Coast Wolves say Football Federation Australia shouldn’t wait another three years to expand the A-League, following the club’s debut in the FFA Cup.

More than 6000 people turned up last week to see the Wolves take on Central Coast Mariners, with the A-League outfit edging past the NSW National Premier League club by a solitary goal.

The FFA has stated recently that it won’t add any new A-League clubs to the competition before 2017.

South Coast chairman Bobby Mazevski believes that is too long.

“I am sure they have learned some lessons from some of the failed franchises and will be keen to avoid those,” Mazevski said.

“I think FFA wants to ensure the right model is there for any new franchise before issuing a licence. (But) it only took Western Sydney Wanderers less than a year to form and look at them.

“I think the league needs to be expanded sooner rather than later, particular given we have just had a World Cup year and the Asian Cup (is coming up) in January.

“With the A-League doing great and recent big clubs visiting our shores, football in this country is starting to get more headlines.”

Mazevski was delighted with the attendance the FFA Cup match attracted at WIN Stadium, while more than 7000 fans also turned up recently at the same ground to see the All Stars play the Young Socceroos.

“It was difficult to predict just what the attendance was going to be particularly given the wild weather leading up to game day,” Mazevski said of the Cup tie.

“The atmosphere was electric and you'd be forgiven if you thought there were a lot more people there. 

“Had this game been on a weekend, I think it would have attracted a few more thousand. I am grateful to the Wollongong community for coming out and supporting the game.

“Both sets of fans created a party atmosphere and despite the scoreline, many people went home satisfied.” 

Mazevski said he was immensely proud of the Wolves in their Cup clash with the Mariners - a goal to Glen Trifiro the only thing separating the two clubs.

“They battled hard and really pushed the Mariners all the way,” he said.

“With a bit more luck, we may have got something out of it. Both teams were able to play an expansive brand of football on a quality surface.

“I thought we were the better team in the second half and as the game wore on, we started to get a bit more desperate which made the game edge of the seat stuff. 

“I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed as I think we had a fair chance at progressing.

“A 1-0 loss to a side that finished third in the A-League last year is an honourable result. I would have loved to see the Wolves score, as I think this would have created quite a buzz, but overall I’m happy. The Mariners were tough to break down.” 

Mazevski said the NSW South Coast region already has a suitable facility for an A-League club.

“We have a great facility in WIN Stadium,” he said.