Former CEO of Football NSW Stefan Kamasz says a lack of vision by Football Federation Australia held the game back and added that football's revolution must take the game to the next level.
Kamasz has been a football administrator for close to 40 years including being a member of the implementation panel that made recommendations for the formation of the A-League
He was Sydney FC CEO from 2008-2013 and in recent times was in the middle of the FFA governance stand-off while he was acting CEO of Football NSW.
He told FTBL that the football revolution that transpired last week was due to the lack of vision that was shown by the governing body during the prolonged negotiations for control of the game.
“This congress argument has been going on for three years and I blame FFA for this,” he said.
“I know for a fact that there was a lot of pressure put on state federations by Steven Lowy not to move forward with what transpired last week.
“When I was the acting CEO for Football NSW from November 2016 to July 2017 I asked FFA for a roadmap and where they saw the congress was going to look like at the time.
“But there was no blue print or roadmap for where the congress was going.”
The outcome from last week’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is that the make-up of the FFA's board has increased from 10 seats (that used to be nine state member federations and one seat for A-League clubs) to 29 seats.
It means that 100 votes will be shared amongst various football administrators and stakeholders and Kamasz is adamant that the new board must take the game to the next level.
“If the second division is sustainable it has to occur, expansion has to occur because the A-League has stagnated,” he said.
“Promotion and Relegation is also important because you have to give the aspirational clubs an opportunity to get to the top level.
“The new board and the new A-League has to be able to ensure that competition does become sustainable in an expanded way and that it contains people with commercial and administrative diversity who understand the game of football.”
Speaking after the outcome of last week’s EGM FFA Chairman Steven Lowy said he feared for the future of the game and that stakeholders with vested interests will compete for power and resources.
However Kamazs strongly disagreed with the outgoing Chairman.
“I don’t believe for one moment that the stake holders will abuse their voting rights and nominate directors that will beholden to them,” he said.
“The old board has shown that it has ignored the view of the fans and the other stakeholder for far too long
“Everyone understand the situation that football was in before the Crawford report and nobody wants that aspect of the old days.
“But to me it’s important that this board recognises the responsibility that they have got.”
“I suspect it will end up looking something like the English Premier where the clubs run their own affairs but the FFA has the power of veto on certain issues.
“It’s up to the FFA to ensure the state bodies will be provided with the adequate resources they need at the grass roots level.
"I am more confident than Steven Lowy that the A-League clubs understand and respect that.”