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World Cup Soccer blow a wake-up call to Soccer Australia Board.

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Senator Kate Lundy Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Minister for Information Technology and Sport


World Cup Soccer blow a wake-up call to Soccer Australia Board

FIFA's recent decision to withdraw Oceania’s direct entry to the 2006 World Cup finals is a terrible blow for Australian players and fans but the impetus is now upon Soccer Australia to embrace reform and implement the recommendations of the Crawford Report.

FIFA is inherently a political body, and Australian soccer must be in good administrative shape to effectively argue the Oceania case and prepare for any future bid to have the decision overturned.

While the problems within Soccer Australia form only part of the explanation for the FIFA backflip, the current situation did nothing to strengthen the Oceania case.

It is in the best interests of the players, fans and Soccer Australia itself, to resolve its governance issues and prevent any further setbacks to our emergence as a great soccer nation.

The current state of Soccer Australia, has depleted Australia’s power base on the world stage, and reform must ensue if we are to strengthen our negotiations with Asia and the Oceanic region, as well as the world governing body, FIFA.

I urge all players to remain focused despite the disappointment in the lead up to the qualifiers to the 2006 World Cup, and for Soccer Australia to get on with the reform that is so desperately needed.

30 June 2003 Media contact Adina Cirson 0418 488 295 or 02 6277 3334