Sport Gallop bemoans poor A League numbers

08:10  14 february  2018
08:10  14 february  2018 Source:   MSN

Brisbane still in A-League expansion plans

  Brisbane still in A-League expansion plans A-League head Greg O'Rourke says expansion in Brisbane remains a realistic option for the 2019-20 season despite the Roar's recent struggles.O'Rourke still sees Brisbane as a viable market for another team despite the Roar's falling crowds and below-par performances this season.

Gallop was blunt about the A - League this season. "No-one could be happy with the pure output, in terms of numbers around attendances and ratings," he said. Gallop was similarly frank about poor A - League TV ratings.

FFA postpones EGM as chief David Gallop offers timetable for talks on second-tier league . Those numbers are exacerbated by the fact that most teams play in large stadiums with big capacities, rather than smaller, more intimate boutique venues.

FFA chief executive David Gallop says expansion will not automatically solve the A League's problems.© AAP Image FFA chief executive David Gallop says expansion will not automatically solve the A League's problems. Australian soccer boss David Gallop warns expansion will not solve all problems as the A-League suffers through a significant slump.

Gallop says no-one could be happy with the A-League's TV numbers and crowds.

He says the game has to be marketed better in Australia, so more people who play at the grassroots level become rusted-on A-League fans.

The FFA chief executive said on Wednesday 10 teams were not enough and 12 would be preferable.

"Expansion can often have pitfalls and be a very costly venture in Australian sport ... we need to think carefully about that," he told SEN.

Everton up to ninth with easy win over Palace

  Everton up to ninth with easy win over Palace Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies were on target as Everton eased past Crystal Palace 3-1 on Saturday to climb to ninth in the Premier League table. © REUTERS/Peter Powell Premier League - Everton vs Crystal Palace After a committed but low-quality first half ended goalless, Everton struck twice within six minutes after the break as Sigurdsson beat Wayne Hennessey with a deflected shot before Niasse's header doubled the advantage.

Massimo Maccarone is enjoying life in the A - League but says it's difficult to play in stadiums that are "always empty'. Source Those numbers are exacerbated by the fact that most teams play in large stadiums with big capacities, rather than smaller, more intimate boutique venues.

Gallop dismayed by A - League numbers . A - League 42 minutes ago AAP. Read. Gallop was similarly frank about poor A - League TV ratings. "That's probably been frustrating for us, our clubs and no doubt for Ten and no doubt for Fox Sports as well," he said.

He expects progress in the next few months as the game works through a complex set of issues linked to how the A-League operates, raising capital for new teams and the rewards for current owners.

Gallop was blunt about the A-League this season.

Fiji to boycott Tests over pay dispute

  Fiji to boycott Tests over pay dispute Fiji players claim they have yet to be paid for making last year's Rugby League World Cup semi-final.Fiji officials on Monday confirmed the players released a statement that also demanded a leadership overhaul of the Fiji National Rugby League board.

Gallop dismayed by A - League numbers . A - League 54 minutes ago AAP. Read. Gallop was similarly frank about poor A - League TV ratings. "That's probably been frustrating for us, our clubs and no doubt for Ten and no doubt for Fox Sports as well," he said.

Veteran trainer, Ibrahim Sunday has stressed the fact that poor organization of the Ghana Premier League over the years has had a negative toll on the performances of clubs that participate in the African competitions.

"No-one could be happy with the pure output, in terms of numbers around attendances and ratings," he said.

"Of course, those never tell the full story, the quality of the football has been high, Sydney FC have just played beautiful football and look almost unstoppable.

"But it's another reminder of the competition in the Australian market."

He said this A-League season had struggled to generate interest in the wake of the Socceroos' qualifying process late last year, then the rugby league World Cup, the Ashes, the BBL and the Australian Open.

"Football needs to actually think about how it's marketed, both at club level and our level as we go into the next season in October," Gallop said.

"The sport has a lot of reason to be optimistic, confident about the future.

"The challenge is to turn those grass roots participants into fans of the A-League.

"It's still a relatively young competition, it doesn't have the generational support of the AFL and NRL."

Gallop was similarly frank about poor A-League TV ratings.

"That's probably been frustrating for us, our clubs and no doubt for Ten and no doubt for Fox Sports as well," he said.

Rooster James Tedesco has mumps: report .
Prized recruit James Tedesco has reportedly become the second Sydney Roosters NRL player to contract mumps.Tedesco is not expected to be considered for the Roosters' opening trial on Saturday night away to Penrith.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!