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FFA boss Steven Lowy meets with FIFA in bid to resolve governance issues

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Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has held talks with FIFA officials in Zurich.

Steven Lowy has met with FIFA ahead of the world governing body's intervention to sort out the stand-off over Australian football's governance.

The Football Federation Australia chairman, who has been in Europe on business, jetted into Zurich the week before last and had talks with FIFA officials.

AAP understands Lowy met with chief member associations officer Joyce Cook, soon after FIFA's member associations committee rejected FFA's proposed expanded congress model as unrepresentative.

The committee...

 By Kenneth Tan

Singapore U23 hopes vanish after 7-0 loss to Australia in Myanmar qualifier

Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill break down the latest AFC U23 qualifiers for both Singapore and Malaysia.
Jason Dasey speaks with Warriors FC captain Shahril Ishak following his hat-trick versus Brunei DPMM.
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson look at Singapore's U-23 side and their friendlies vs. India ahead of the SEA games.
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview several of the S. League Cup's matches, and call for Home United to upset Albriex.
Jason Dasey speaks with Warriors FC's Jordan Webb about his current form and ambitions to play for Singapore.
Ikhsan Fandi, left, created Singapore's best chance in the first half on a tough night for the Young Lions.

Singapore's hopes of making January's AFC Under-23 Championship disappeared after falling to a 7-0 defeat to their Australian counterparts in their second Group F qualifier in Yangon on Friday.

After Wednesday's combative performance in losing 2-0 to host nation Myanmar on Wednesday, Richard Tardy's side were totally outclassed at Thuwunna Stadium.

They made the worst possible start, letting in the opening goal after conceding a penalty within seven minutes.

Bruce Kamau saw his initial spot kick...


FIFA approves Saudi Arabia-Japan move, Australia made to wait

Head coach Ange Postecoglou wants to keep testing his team against the very best despite being knocked out of the Confederations Cup.
Tim Cahill and Ange Postecoglou reflect on Australia's 1-1 draw with Chile that ended their Confederations Cup run.
Nick Ames and Mark Ogden recap the draw between Chile and Australia, and highlight the Aussies' surprising performance.

Australia may not know its 2018 World Cup fate until the morning after their must-win clash against Thailand.

Owing to time differences and expected scorching temperatures in Western Asia, FIFA has determined the final round of Asian Group B qualifiers due to be played on Tuesday, Sept. 5 will not kick off simultaneously.

That could mean a nervous wait -- or a sleepless night -- for fans hoping for certainty from Australia's match against Thailand, which will be played at 8 p.m. local time at Melbourne's...

 By Jason Dasey

Aurelio Vidmar leaves Bangkok Glass, but was Socceroos' legend sacked?

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson debate whether or not Aurelio Vidmar left Bangkok Glass by mutual consent.
With AFC WCQ proving to be a tight and tense affair, Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look at how the Socceroos can advance.

In the days before he became a trailblazing foreign coach in Asia, Aurelio Vidmar was a flamboyant attacking midfielder, with shoulder-length hair like a rock star, who surely thought that he'd helped book Australia's place at the 1998 World Cup.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the dramatic playoff against Iran in Melbourne where Vidmar's second goal just after half-time, to follow up Harry Kewell's opener, gave the Socceroos a seemingly unassailable 3-1 lead on aggregate.

But instead of...


FIFA's intervention into Australian FA delayed until August

FIFA and Asian Football Confederation representatives were due in Australia this month.

FIFA's planned intervention into the governance of Australian football has been delayed, leaving little time for FFA to sort out its affairs before the Nov. 30 deadline.

A joint delegation of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation representatives was set to arrive in Australia in late July to mend the rift between bitterly divided stakeholders and end their impasse on a new, more democratic congress demanded by FIFA.

However, that date has been pushed back due to the unavailability of some stakeholder...