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Football sets sights on Australian domination

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Football Federation Australia has unveiled an ambitious 20-year plan to grow the round-ball game.

Released on Tuesday, the Whole of Football Plan sets lofty goals for the game, including “a distinctive Australian style of playing that puts our National Teams in contention for all FIFA and AFC championships”.

FFA chief David Gallop said football could realistically become this country’s biggest sport.

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“Football is on a mission to become the largest and most popular sport in Australia,” Gallop said.

“It’s a bold idea, but now is the time for the Australian Football community to bring it to life.”

Among the other objectives of the plan are:

• A 15-million strong Football community by 2035, including one million club members

• Hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the driver of women’s football participation and professionalism

• National competitions that attract 75 per cent of participants to support a Top Tier club

• A combined pool of 3000 elite male and female players from 12 to 19 vying for future national selection and professional contracts

• Academies that provide world-class coaching so that no Australian youth needs to go overseas to find elite development

“We have a firm conviction that Football’s best years are ahead of us,” Gallop said.

“We know that growth will inevitably bring greater revenues and new incomes streams, enough to fund the future.”

The initiative was launched on Tuesday, with a 112-page document and a new website outlining the project’s goals.

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