3 A-League New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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It’s that time of year when we avoid the scales, are too scared to look at our bank balances, and perish the thought of eating more turkey.

Luckily the New Year is just around the corner and it’s the best time to make a goal to which we shall never stick.

The good people at Football Federation Australia (FFA) are no different, so we’ve come up with the New Year resolution list for the Hyundai A-League.

 

1. Start a game on time

Kickoff 7:20 pm. There it is, in bold on your ticket and yet at 7:19 the players are still warming up on the pitch, the sprinklers are still on, and there’s not a ball boy to be seen. Why is the A-League so poor at sticking to its own schedule?

In 2017, it should be target number one for the Hyundai A-League’s management team to start just one game on time. Or at least get going within five minutes of the scheduled start time.

 

2. Avoid mid-week games

Obviously, some scheduling issues make this a touch difficult, but as the clock strikes midnight the A-League should vow to avoid mid-week fixtures where possible. Crowd numbers are significantly lower, which kills the atmosphere at our great game. Football in Australia keeps growing, and getting maximum numbers to games is a huge part of that. Playing a game on a school night is a step backwards.

 

3. Get more games on free-to-air TV

 In these tough economic times pay TV isn’t a priority for many families. Furthermore, as new on-demand services reach Australian shores, and the loss of the English Premier League rights to Optus, Foxtel has become a far less attractive option. So the FFA should do everything it can to ensure that Friday and Sunday games are broadcast on a free-to-air channel.

SBS, the most obvious option, always do a wonderful job broadcasting football, so it’d be great for the consumer and the game if more A-League games would appear on those networks in future seasons.

Do you have a football related New Year resolution? What have we missed? Let us know @thefootballsack on Twitter and have a happy and safe 2017.

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