Fans have spoken loud and clear on how they feel about the A-League and its future in the massive BIG Australian FTBL Survey 2019.
With almost 1000 taking part in the survey it's the clearest indication yet of how fans feel about the sport in this country and how they interact with it.
Last week we revealed how disillusioned fans are with the FFA, even after the overhaul of the board late last year, and especially with the performance of CEO David Gallop.
And they also want their voices to be heard on the next round of A-League expansion.
Overwhelmingly they say that the next club into the A-League MUST be from Canberra, with a whopping 73.45 percent of the vote backing the nation's capital's bid to join the top tier of men's football.
But while TV and football bosses are said to favour more big city derbies, fans strongly disagree.
Tasmania was the most popular second choice for a club in the A-League with 38.91 percent of the vote, and Wollongong close behind on 35.15 percent.
A second team in Brisbane was the only big city option that gathered any kind of momentum with 15.15 percent of the vote, with backers of Ipswich/Western Pride potentially split between voting for Brisbane and voting for regional Queensland which drew 7.64 percent of the vote.
After Brisbane though was pretty much daylight, with South Melbourne and South-East Melbourne mustering around 7 percent before votes fell to just four percent or less for areas like regional Victoria, WA, South Sydney – and Adelaide and South Australia both struggling to get even 2 percent backing.
Almost everyone who took part in the survey (90.32 percent) said they followed the A-League (with a few no votes because they were devoted W-League fans only) and four out of ten followed either Sydney FC or Melbourne Victory.
But despite identifying with A-League clubs, more than half said they would only go to five home games or fewer this season, with one in five going to up to 10 – but impressively, a full 25 percent said they intended to go to EVERY home game.
Away games though remain a huge stumbling block for the A-League, with 60 percent admitting they would not go to ANY away games or to see any another club play. A further 35 percent said they might go to five or fewer, and less than five percent would go to any more than that.
Most people reckon the A-League stadium experience is good though, with four out of ten rating it either good or excellent, while one in six reckoned it was poor and one in 20 thought it was awful.
But there was lot of concern about the cost, with 20 percent rating it as expensive.
Just 0.53% thought going to the A-League was scary.