OPINION | All-Stars game showed what the league can do, now it needs a leg up from the APL

By the time the cameras were switched off and the lights went out, it’s safe to say that the A-Leagues All-Stars did the league’s reputation little harm. In front of a crowd of 70,174, an amalgamation of some of the…

Danny Townsend set to take CEO role at the APL, departing Sydney FC in 2022

Danny Townsend is set to become the full-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) in the first half of 2022. This means that Townsend is set to depart his current role with Sydney FC as the…

OPINION | Digital revolution could be the defining marker that shifts the fortunes of football in Australia

One of the core features of the A-Leagues’ independence from the FA has been the digital hub, touted by the league’s chiefs as a game changer. We’ve had many game changers over the years as football fans. From expansion to…

OPINION | Four Corners opened A-League wounds, now they must be treated

Criticising Four Corners for repeating old news about club owners is missing the point and we are fools if we ignore the issues that bubbled to the surface. On Monday night, 431,000 people tuned into the ABC’s Four Corners episode…

Beyond the Dugout: The APL

The fledgling Australian Professional Leagues (APL) faced a baptism of fire last season, announcing their landmark uncoupling from Football Australia on the eve of an A-League season that would be dominated by the global pandemic.  Despite the challenges, the 2020/21…

OPINION | Fragmentation of sporting rights will be short term pain, long term gain

While the idea of more and more streaming services sounds expensive, football fans stand the most to gain from the increasing fragmentation of sports content and changing broadcast market. Earlier this week, the APL (Australian Professional Leagues) and ViacomCBS announced…