World Cup qualification is the engine of financial growth for Australian soccer, with the national team’s success on the world stage underpinning every aspect of the game’s growth.
FFA chief executive David Gallop acknowledges that the A-League is the sport’s bread and butter and the competition which sustains long-term interest, and TV rights fees, for the sport.
But World Cup qualification for Ange Postecoglou’s men is more than just the icing on the cake.
AN improved new A-League TV deal could be struck before the start of the season, as a cloud hangs over the Socceroos’ coverage.
The Socceroos will be broadcast on Fox Sports, but the decisive final phase of qualifying may not be televised on free-to-air (FTA) until an A-League deal is struck.
Earlier this week Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson told British newspaper Daily Mirror that Wayne Rooney would be a fine addition to Major League Soccer.
“I think he would be a great signing for MLS – 100 percent MLS would be attractive for him,” said Paulson.
Rooney is a perfect marquee. He is still a good player, but the reason he would be a great signing for Australia is his profile.