The breakaway A-League v2.0 came a step closer this morning with Football Federation Australia endorsing the recommendations of the New Leagues Working Group.
The FFA have accepted the group's finding but warns there is still plenty of negotiating ahead as they greenlight the next stage of talks.
The new deadline of June 30 has been confirmed with the intention of having the new body – which will also overseee the W-League and Y-League – in place for the start of next season.
But the process has been complicated with Brexit-style deals needing to be made to unlock the A-League structure from the FFA governance model of the past 15 years.
Today FFA chairman Chris Nikou appointed directors Crispin Murray and Joseph Carrozzi to over see the next stage of talks, with the help of members of the FFA senior management team, including CEO David Gallop.
“Endorsement of the NLWG Recommendations was, in the directors’ view, in the best interests of FFA,” Nikou said.
“This is the beginning of the journey and we must all work together and continue to participate in negotiations regarding a new professional leagues model.
“The recommendations of the NLWG will be considered during negotiations, but there is still plenty to discuss and negotiate.
“The adoption of any new professional leagues model and agreement to enter into any legal agreements to give effect to such a model would be a matter for the FFA Board’s subsequent decision.”
The FFA said recommendations of the NLWG will now pass to the Member Federations and Women’s Football Council Members appointed by Member Federations for their endorsement.
An FFA statement added: "It is envisaged that formal negotiations regarding the leagues governance model will commence thereafter with a targeted completion date of 30 June 2019."