Johnson Backing Radical Changes in the FFA

February 28, 2020 by

James Johnson, the new Chief Executive Officer for Football Federation Australia, has announced his total support to start implementing root-and-branch changes to the game. He wants to see domestic clubs cashing in on the global transfer market, currently valued at over AU$11 billion annually. Domestic clubs contribute a paltry AU$2 million towards that figure each year.

Johnson has said that he wants this country to be hardwired into that international market and he’s 100% behind removing the lengthy ban on domestic transfer fees to make this happen.

As things currently stand, A-League and grassroots Football clubs across the country are not allowed to pay transfer fees to another Australian club to sign a player. Foreign clubs are allowed to, and A-League sides have, on a few rare occasions, made payments for international players to relocate here.

But the prohibition on domestic transfer fees has resulted in grassroots and professional clubs not seeing any kind of profit from their work developing up-and-coming players and then selling them to local rivals.

Johnson has called this situation problematic, saying that more players are moving across international borders every year but there’s a downturn in Australians doing so.

Clubs around the world completed just over 18 international transfers last year, to the value of AU$11.14 billion, with a 5.8% growth on total transfer fees from 2018. Australian clubs provided just under AU$2 million to that figure and Johnson wants to change that with a reasonable domestic transfer system.

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