July 3 – Football Federation Australia (FFA), locked in a battle over money and control with its senior professional clubs, is coming under fire from its grassroots after a decision to raise registration fees for amateur and youth players.
Juniors currently pay a A$12.60 ($9.30) fee to the FFA while adults pay A$25 ($18.50). The new structure will see the fee for juniors rise to A$14 ($10.35) and to A$33 ($24.40) for adults.
That is on top of the club’s registration fee which is between A$200 ($148) for an under-6s player to A$500 ($370) for an adult player.
The Australian reports that the federation will only breakeven from its World Cup appearance after paying players A$300,000 ($221,000) each and taking into account the team’s pre-tournament training base in Turkey, accommodation and charter flights for VIPs.
Local associations are critical of the price hike with one local FA chief calling it a “participation tax”.
The FFA is budgeting for a A$1 million ($740,000) profit for the 2019 financial year.
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