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World Cup qualification essential to drive Australian soccer

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.

Hope for improved A-League TV deal for 2016/17 season but cloud hangs over Socceroos coverage

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.

How Tom Rogic went the distance and became a key figure for the Socceroos and Celtic on top stage

THIRTEEN days, 34,000km, two World Cup qualifiers, an Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers, and a Champions League tie away to Barcelona. No wonder Tom Rogic’s passport is so full he needs a new one.

Brisbane Roar aiming for huge surge in member numbers ahead of A-League season

BRISBANE Roar are aiming for a staggering membership increase of almost 74 per cent from their current wooden spoon numbers by the time they kick off the A-League season in October.

Put Wayne Rooney at the top of the A-League marquee wishlist

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.

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