Canberra and Auckland are set to hitch the A-League within the 2024-25 season, whereas one other workforce from south-east Queensland is anticipated to be one among two extra sides added a 12 months later.
Come the 2025-26 A-League season, the A-League males’s competitors is about to comprise of 16 groups, whereas the ladies’s competitors may also develop.
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Australian Professional Leagues chief govt officer Danny Townsend has confirmed golf equipment from Canberra and Auckland will make their debuts within the 2024-25 marketing campaign.
Townsend additionally mentioned a number of markets have been being thought-about for the 2 extra licences set to be awarded for he 2025-26 season and past.
And whereas he wouldn’t focus on the places of the fifteenth and sixteenth groups, one is nearly sure to be primarily based in both Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
Other growth candidates are understood to incorporate Wollongong, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania.
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“We’ve acquired a really clear progress technique … and a part of that’s bringing extra soccer to extra communities,” Townsend mentioned.
“We’re targeted on constructing actually sturdy sustainable golf equipment into the long run, and we undoubtedly suppose Canberra and Auckland match that invoice.
“We’ve acquired under-served markets because the precedence on this spherical.
“Next spherical … we’re actually taking a look at derbies (as a purpose for growth).”
Townsend mentioned that Football Australia, which has the ability to knock growth plans on the pinnacle, had “to this point been actually assist and perceive why it’s an necessary step for the skilled sport”.
He additionally mentioned that having chosen the areas for growth golf equipment, the APL would now discover house owners – each native and worldwide – for the groups.
“Our precedence right here is having two new golf equipment are available in (for the 2024-25 season) … and hit the bottom operating,” Townsend mentioned.
The growth plans come sizzling on the heels of FA receiving 32 expressions of curiosity for a nationwide second division mooted to start out subsequent 12 months.
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