FFA set for governance reform after reaching eleventh-hour peace deal

Football Federation Australia is set for constitutional reform, ending the long-running civil war within Australian football after reaching an eleventh-hour agreement ahead of the forthcoming extraordinary general meeting of the FFA congress.

The FFA has been in conflict with the ten A-League clubs, the country’s nine state federations, and the players’ union, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), for two years over the lack of representation and revenue sharing across Australian football, as well as other issues.

Under the guidance of a Fifa working party, which has been working with the involved stakeholders for the last few months to broker a compromise, an agreement has now been reached, which the PFA say reflects “a unity of purpose and shared ambition for Australian football to realise its potential’’.

The agreement includes a broader representation of stakeholders within the FFA Congress, establishing a women’s football council and forming various standing committees to improve stakeholder engagement and strengthen governance.

The news leaves FFA chairman Steven Lowy (pictured) isolated as he continues to argue against adopting the recommendations into the FFA constitution. Lowy, however, has already confirmed his intention to step down from the role in November, and the resolutions look set to be ratified at the congress meeting on Tuesday.