After an FFA board meeting on Tuesday, eight A-League expansion bids have been whittled down to six.
Southern Expansion (NSW), Macarthur South West Sydney (NSW), Western Melbourne (VIC), Team 11 (VIC), South Melbourne (VIC) and Canberra (ACT) are the six remaining bids vying for two A-League licences set to be introduced for the 2019/2020 season.
Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC were notified by the FFA that their bids were unsuccessful.
“Since receiving the eight bids, we have carefully evaluated information provided and commitments made by the bidding parties. It was clear certain bids were stronger than others,” FFA CEO David Gallop told the A-League's website.
“We have six bids that all have positive aspects but require further work in certain areas. We need to continue our consultation with those bid teams to ensure that they adequately address these areas to ensure their future sustainability, which includes securing stadia, catchment area and financial capital.
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“It is critical that FFA can be satisfied the successful bidders will be sustainable from day one as well as meet a variety of commitments that will benefit the longer-term growth of the Hyundai A-League.”
The announcement of the two successful bids has been set for October 31st, but could be delayed as much as four months due to the recent congress saga.