It’s time to scrap the A-League Men’s salary cap

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Salary caps are in every Australian sport, yet most football leagues around the world shun it – as it should be here in Oz too.

Scrapping the salary cap has its positives, whilst it also has plenty of negatives attached.

But scrapping it will change football forever – in a country that needs football to stand out from the pack.

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Firstly, let me assure you that there is no knock on having a salary cap.

The AFL, NRL, NBL, you name it, they all have a salary cap and that has made these respective leagues into fantastic, fair and equal sporting leagues.

However, when we come to the world game, only a handful of footballing leagues worldwide have a salary cap.

Therefore, scrapping the cap will tie the A-League Men into the footballing worlds norm, whilst distincting themselves from the rest of Australia’s sporting codes.

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Essentially, a salary cap limits a team’s ability to be as successful as possible.

And it is evident on the big stages – look no further than the AFC Champions League. 

Since the A-League Men’s entry into the competition in 2007, 36 teams have had a crack – and on only three occasions has a team made it past the round of 16.

That’s right, three times out of 36 attempts has an Aussie team made it past the round of 16.

Scrapping the cap will allow teams to reach their continental potential.

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Now there is always two sides to every argument, and scrapping the cap will also allow teams to reach their absolute lowest potential.

The big teams will grow bigger, whilst the small teams will shrink. This is how it is across all the major football leagues in Europe.

However, this is not an issue. As even with a salary cap, the division of big teams and small teams is still evident.

Sport doesn’t need to be equal, let the big clubs grow and let dynasties flourish.

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Dynasties are part of sport. The NBA wouldn’t be the same without the 90’s Bulls, Formula One wouldn’t be the same without Michael Schumacher’s 10 years of dominance and the Premier League wouldn’t be the same without Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. 

There is no reason as to why the A-League Men is hindering team’s chances at being an all-time great dynasty. 

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Removing the cap will bring quality into the A-Leagues, whilst increasing the chance of homegrown talent sticking around.

According to “The Global Liveability Index 2021” by eiu.com, five of the ten most liveable cities in the world are home to an A-Leagues team.

Players will want to live in Australia, so it’s time to start paying them what they’re worth and bring them over.

It is time to move on. It is time that the A-League Men’s becomes the best it possibly can be with the highest quality stars. 

It is time, as Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, to “adapt or die.” 

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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