The A-League Men needs to be glorified

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In England, the highest achievement a local team aims for is to play in the Premier League. In Spain, the highest achievement a local team aims for is to play in La Liga. In France it’s Ligue 1, and in Germany it’s the Bundesliga. But what about in Australia?

There is no doubt European football is popular.

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Actually, it’s almost like a religion.

So, it’s no surprise that coaches, staff, players and even referees dream to gain a football related job in Europe.

European football has countless number of fans. In fact, just the Premier League itself has billions of fans worldwide.

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The top tier of English football is worshipped over there. Never mind the fact that fans come from all over the world to watch their favourite team, English football fans pay ridiculous amounts of money to watch their beloved team, even if they need to travel for hours.

Lower division teams dream to be play in the league, and achieving that goal is seen as something that is the pinnacle of one’s footballing career.

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So, what about the A-League Men?

The ALM is struggling to gain traction as seasons progress, and we are seeing the gradual increase of empty seats in stadiums, as well as less people viewing the games from home.

So, what’s the solution?

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The A-League Men must be made as the holy grail of football in Australia. It must be portrayed as a league that is far above the National Premier Leagues.

Implement relegation and promotion or some sort of achievement/punishment system, so that emotions run high and low during the season, and so that a win or loss means something.

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Make the stadiums a stunning place to not only play football, but to watch it.

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Make it so that the ALM is a league that away fans want to travel hours for to watch their team play.

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At the moment, there is no motivation behind the A-League Men. If your team doesn’t perform well this season, there’s always the next.

Some teams’ home stadiums are pretty much similar to big training grounds, and away fans aren’t even bothered to come to watch their team play.

It’s a long, hard and what seems to be an unachievable process, but Australia is not weak as a footballing nation.

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We seem to be able to fill stadiums for World Cup qualifiers or even national team friendly matches.

So if the right systems are implemented for these changes to occur, there is no doubt the A-League Men will be right up there with the European leagues.

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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