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Soccer dispute could end in juniors’ favour

Friday, 1st May, 2015

FFSA CEO Michael Carter (right) and BHSA President Tom Kennedy during Wednesday night’s disaffiliation discussions. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke FFSA CEO Michael Carter (right) and BHSA President Tom Kennedy during Wednesday night’s disaffiliation discussions. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

After a two-hour meeting at the Sturt Club on Wednesday night, there may be a solution to the disaffiliation saga between the BHSA and the FFSA.

Having commenced at 8pm, two hours later discussions were going around in circles with no clear resolution coming from it all.

However, in the latter stages of the night, the possibility of separate junior and senior bodies came up in discussion.

Beforehand, Football Federation South Australia’s CEO Michael Carter, along with Operations Manager Wendy Carter, Game Development Manager John Mundy and SAJSA President Ray Matthews were all questioned on different matters related to Broken Hill soccer.

“We do not want to see an organisation disaffiliate,” CEO Carter said. “It would be a step backward.

“There will be no pathway (for juniors) if disaffiliation occurs, that’s it!”

Wendy Carter also chimed in, saying: “Regional areas do not have the same opportunities as kids have in the city.

“That’s one of the barriers of living in regional areas.”

Umpiring accredited courses, social media polices and the possibility of hosting a National Premier League game were all discussed.

Additionally, the “breakdown in communication” between the BHSA and FFSA was cleared up with CEO Carter saying: “It’s important communication is a two-way street.

“We are going to set up a communication process between you (BHSA) to the FFSA.”

With all that touched on, the major topic of disaffiliation was on the table.

The idea behind the separate bodies proposal would see juniors (affiliated with the FFSA) still eligible for country and states championships provided by the SAJSA.

The seniors though, would no longer be affiliated which seems to be the amicable solution to the problem.

“It’s definitely an option,” Kennedy said. “It would have to be discussed at board level and the FFSA would have to come through on what they promised.

“It’s a possibility.” 

What was promised included numerous coaching clinics and the chance to host a NPL game in Broken Hill, among other things.

All four clubs would have to agree on the decision to separate the juniors and seniors before anything goes ahead.

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