Football news 2023: Australia second division plans revealed, which … – Fox Sports

Tee Rasheed
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Football Australia has confirmed the formation of a national second division, however the competition won’t start until 2025.
The new competition had be mooted to start next year, but will instead commence in March-April 2025.
FA will announce on November 20 which clubs will participate in the second division’s inaugural season.
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Clubs rumoured to been successful with their application to be part of the competition include former NSL outfits South Melbourne, Preston, Marconi, Sydney Olympic, APIA Leichhardt and Sydney United.
“This updated schedule will not only facilitate the finalisation of the competition structure but also grants all stakeholders sufficient time to finalise all logistical, regulatory, and operational aspects to guarantee a successful inauguration of the competition,” an FA statement read. Furthermore, this adjustment provides clarity for the member federations regarding their competition structures in 2024.
“The engaged collaboration and dedication of the clubs has been instrumental during this stage. Football Australia acknowledges these efforts with appreciation as stakeholders make strides towards the competition’s debut.”

Once the second division has “matured”, promotion and relegation between the second-tier competition and the A-League will be “considered” by FA.
Meanwhile, Celtic winger Marco Tilio has been included in a 24-man Olyroos squad for two away friendly matches this month against Saudi Arabi and Qatar.
However, there is no place in the squad for Adelaide United’s teenage sensation Nestory Irankunda.
Olyroos coach Tony Vidmar said it was the start of an important period for his team ahead of next year’s AFC Under-23 Asian Cup, where a top-three finish will guarantee Australia a place in nest year’s Olympic Games football tournament.
“We’ve spoken about what success at an Asian Cup and in turn, Olympic qualification looks like for the players individually and as a collective – there’s real excitement as 2024 approaches,” Vidmar said.
“We’ve got some fantastic young players coming through, playing for clubs in Australia and across Europe,” Vidmar said.
“It’s important for us to ensure we have a squad that is familiar with our environment, as they may be called upon throughout our Asian Cup campaign or beyond, be it due to injuries or player availability.
“Having a wider group of players all on the same page is an important element to any success we collectively strive for.”

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