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Football Federation Australia lays off 70 percent of staff due to coronavirus

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.

Australia's soccer federation has laid off 70 percent of its staff as it battles to remain solvent during a national shutdown to contain the coronavirus.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but necessary to stabilise the organisation so that it can continue to service the game, albeit in a vastly different landscape," Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson said in a statement on Friday.

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Football Federation Australia's last opportunity to reset and fulfill soccer's true potential

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.
Steven Ugarkovic scores the winner late as Newcastle win 2-1 over Melbourne City.
Western Sydney Wanderers score a late equaliser to snatch a point from runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC.
Scott McDonald scores again as Brisbane Roar continue hot streak with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City overcome an early deficit vs. the Mariners with the help of three goals from Jamie Maclaren.
Melbourne City claim a record-setting fourth W-League championship with a 1-0 vs. Sydney FC.

When Football Federation Australia CEO James Johnson said on Tuesday that "mission difficult, had become mission impossible," he was talking about the desire to complete the 2019-20 A-League season. But he could have just as easily have been summarising the game's attempts to stay afloat in its current model.

If reports circulating on Wednesday are to be believed, the suspension of the current A-League season has presented the opportunity for Fox Sports, the local broadcaster, to tear up their $57m-a-year...

W-League Season Wrap: Melbourne City go unbeaten, future Matildas step up

Melbourne City claim a record-setting fourth W-League championship with a 1-0 vs. Sydney FC.
Western Sydney Wanderers score a late equaliser to snatch a point from runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC.
Scott McDonald scores again as Brisbane Roar continue hot streak with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.
Melbourne City overcome an early deficit vs. the Mariners with the help of three goals from Jamie Maclaren.
Steve Corica believes the league has made the right decision in order to officially conclude the league.

JUMP TO: Adelaide United | Brisbane Roar | Canberra United | Melbourne City | Melbourne Victory | Newcastle Jets | Perth Glory | Sydney FC | Western Sydney Wanderers

Do you remember when the W-League kicked off in November? It seems so long ago now that it almost seems hypothetical. What did we care about then? The delayed release of the season schedule? The late player signings? Was it the invisible marketing campaign? The sporadic stadiums and the bizarre kickoff times? Maybe it was all of them...

W-League review: Carpenter stars for Melbourne City to set up Grand Final vs. Sydney FC

Amidst the coronavirus spread, FFA CEO James Johnson has confirmed that the A-League season will go ahead but behind closed doors.
USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe speaks about the equal pay lawsuit after the team wins the SheBelieves Cup.
Julie Foudy reacts to Carlos Cordeiro's resignation and the path ahead for USSF with a lawsuit going to trial.

The W-League weekend in 280 characters or less

Sydney FC qualify for their third consecutive Grand Final after defeating Melbourne Victory 1-0, while Melbourne City continue their unbeaten run and make their fourth Grand Final in five seasons with a 5-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Winners

Ellie Carpenter

To watch Ellie Carpenter's performance against Western Sydney on Sunday afternoon was to be transported back in...

A-League, W-League to continue playing through coronavirus shutdown

Amidst the coronavirus spread, FFA CEO James Johnson has confirmed that the A-League season will go ahead but behind closed doors.
Incredible last-ditch defending from Melbourne City holds the Wanderers to a 1-1 draw. Watch A-League on ESPN+.

The rest of the A-League season will be condensed with games played on three-day turnarounds, while all soccer competitions in Australia can continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Football Federation Australia says the remainder of the A-League season and this weekend's W-League Grand Final between Melbourne City and Sydney FC will proceed as scheduled but played in empty stadiums.

The governing body says all lower-level soccer leagues in Australia, including under-age competitions, can continue...