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FFA confirms A-League entry for Gold Coast and North Queensland

The Board of Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed that teams from Gold Coast and Townsville will join the A-League in a ten team competition as of the 2009-10 season.

Speaking from Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, FFA CEO, Ben Buckley, said today it was fantastic news for the A-League.

“It is one of the fastest growing regions in the country with a population already over half a million and a strong level of participation and interest in the sport.” Buckley said.

“We know that the people of the Gold Coast enjoy supporting local teams and I have no doubt Skilled Park will be one of the best home grounds in the country.”

Buckley said that a license has also been approved for the Townsville-based North Queensland consortium but final legal documentation is yet to be completed.

“North Queensland has met all the commercial criteria we set for them last month, including local community and business support which has been terrific.

“We know that there are many people in the city of Townsville, and beyond, who are looking forward to the Hyundai A-League being part of the North Queensland sporting landscape.

“North Queensland has a fine record of producing outstanding home grown players, and having a local Hyundai A-League team will be another impetus to encourage more talented young footballers.” Buckley said.

Buckley estimated it would be a few weeks before all legal requirements were finalised between North Queensland FC and FFA but stressed that this was the only matter outstanding.

He also confirmed that FFA is continuing discussions with a number of consortia with a view to entry in to the Hyundai A-League in 2010-11.

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Published on August 28, 2008

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