Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The Plan, Part 5
5. Transfer Fees and Training Compensation
It's hardly a secret that the organisation which has shown the most intransigence towards the FFA in recent times is Football NSW. The state federation, whose major competition is home to many of the clubs ejected from the top table with the dissolution of the NSL, is perceived in the football community at large - rightly or wrongly - as the embittered bastion of "old soccer".
For one thing, in the matter of the AIS footballers and their need for decent competition, they could surely have shown a little more flexibility.
But one of the major gripes one hears from fans of the NSWPL clubs is that they can't make decent money on players they have developed anymore, due to the national registration regulations, which restrict the return on a player newly transferred to the A-League to $5,000. There is also the matter of the transfer fees payable for players still on contract; again, the registration regulations ensure that these are pretty measly.
In the section of the NFDP dealing with transfer fees and the like (Initiatives, Section 5), we may be seeing something of a sop to the state league clubs in the stated objective:
FFA to review the National Registration Regulations after the accreditation & rating system is made available to football developers to ensure clubs who play a key role in the development of a player are appropriately rewarded...
This may become even more important with the advent of the new youth league.
Before we leave The Plan, it's worth looking at some criticism which has already surfaced.
Now, Miron Bleiberg's argument from the NRL and AFL is just silly, given that these are two sports in which Australia does not face meaningful international competition. But Gary van Egmond is right, in my opinion, to suggest that aligning the state leagues with the A-League is a critical issue to be addressed in the coming years.
That would be terrific, but Hell would have to have an Ice Age first. ;)
Great to see Miron live up to his nickname once again - has he ever written a commonsense article? Or maybe he's just being contrarian for the sake of it....