Featured Matches
Previous
Modena
Cittadella
0
1
LIVE 54'
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
3
0
LIVE 83'
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
2
0
LIVE 70'
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Modena
Cittadella
0
1
LIVE 54'
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
3
0
LIVE 83'
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
2
0
LIVE 70'
Game Details
Rio Ave
Boavista
2
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
OFI Crete
Veria
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hobro IK
FC Vestsjaelland
3
1
FT
Game Details
Lucerne
FC Aarau
Postp
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Fresh start could be what Chicharito needs

Mexico about an hour ago
Read

Zenit sign Bart Simpson

The Toe Poke 4 hours ago
Read
Nov 30, 2011

A-League salaries targeted in review

The A-League salary cap should be reduced and the competition "must live and grow within its means", according to a federal government report into soccer released on Thursday.

The Smith Review of football also gives a tick to Australia's failed 2022 World Cup bid process, and recommends Football Federation Australia maintain overall control of the A-League.

But the report's key finding is that financial stability needs to be the key priority for both the FFA and A-League.

And the report's main recommendations to achieve it are reducing the $32 million a year spent on players' salaries, and ensuring cheaper stadium deals for clubs.

The report says players are currently paid around 40 per cent of income generated by the A-League, compared to approximately 20 per cent paid in the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby.

"Salaries have increased at an unsustainable rate, out of step with the income the product generates and at a time when the Australian dollar is extremely competitive in the international player recruitment market," the report by Australian Sports Commission chairman Warwick Smith says.

"At a minimum the salary cap must be frozen, but it would be appropriate to explore options to reduce the cap.

"Options to adjust or remove the minimum player payment which artificially inflates incomes must also be considered.

"Unless this happens, given the proportion that player costs represent in clubs' total cost base, A-League clubs will, in the absence of a considerable increase in their revenue streams, struggle to move to a position of sustainability or profitability for the foreseeable future."

Australia's $45 million World Cup bid was given the thumbs-up in the report, saying it was FIFA's flawed bid process rather than any quality concern with Australia's submission that undermined its chances of success.

In other key findings, the report recommended:

* The time was not right for A-League control to be fully separated from the FFA;

* No expansion of the A-League beyond 10 teams until the competition is financially strong, or a tangible financial benefit can be achieved by expansion;

* FFA head office must look at reducing its own costs; and

* An annual operating plan for the A-League should be developed in collaboration with club owners.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.