Calls for a National Second Division have grown louder and for some time it felt as though they fell on deaf ears.

In conjunction with youth development – this has been the most pressing issue in Australian football.

So why not kill two birds with one stone?

While recent discussion surrounding the formation of a second division has been productive – courtesy of the Australian Association of Football Clubs (AAFC) – the division will need to built around a purpose and its own identity.

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The A-League in many respects has been great but it continues to face an identity crisis. Is it a developmental league? Should the clubs be pushing to succeed in Asia?

Clubs and managers face a difficult task of trying to be everything at once and is why the progress in all areas has stagnated.

A-League clubs should not be held accountable for the lack of youth development.

As most managers would tell you – their number one priority is to win trophies.

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The closure of the FFA Centre of Excellence was met with significant disapproval and little has been done to reinvigorate youth development.

This is where a second division comes in.

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Given promotion and relegation seems unlikely to be introduced in the early stages, clubs will not be incentivised to gain promotion to the A-League straight away.

In addition to giving clubs time to establish their own identities – the national second division should be built on the foundations of developing players, alleviating some pressure off the A-League clubs.

Creating an efficient transfer and loan system between Australian clubs will add to this, allowing for A-League clubs to loan players to second-division clubs where they can develop, similar to deals between Premier League and Championship clubs.

In doing so – both leagues will created a distinct purpose and identity as well as working towards resolving one of the biggest concerns in Australian football.

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