FFA have released details about the first meeting of the 'National Second Division Group' set to launch a second division of professional Australian football.
The second division's main pushers - the Australian Association of Football Clubs (AAFC) - alongside each member federation, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and FFA all met today to discuss progress towards a second tier to the A-League.
Graham Arnold was also in attendance and chimed in on the effect a second division could have on Australia's youth development.
Second Division Working Group Chair, Remo Nogarotto said there was a timely sense of enthusiasm evident among the group.
“On behalf of FFA, I’m delighted that discussions regarding the establishment of a national second division have now commenced," he said.
"There was a real sense of energy and unity of purpose from those in the room to align the various tiers of football to create wider pathways for players, coaches, referees and clubs. I would like to thank all stakeholders that were in attendance."
The group apparently discussed 'financial sustainability, commercial opportunity, professional football standards and promotion and relegation.'
As part of the move towards a second division, an alternate group termed the New Leagues Working Group (NLWG) has been formed to discuss potential alternatives to the current A-League governance model.
This announcement arrives two days after the A-League club representative body, the AFPCA, released their 'blueprint' for an independently governed A-League.
“There is a lot of work to happen in a short space of time," Nogarotto said.
"That said, a lot of good work has already been done by AAFC, PFA and FFA which which will allow us to more quite quickly.
"The next step is for the working group to compile a whitepaper which outlines the blueprint for a national second division competition in Australia."