Phoenix A-League future in doubt

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A third Sydney football club may replace the Wellington in the , according to reports coming out of .

The Sydney Morning Herald claims that a team based in Sutherland Shire could be introduced as early as next season, with the Phoenix still waiting on a renewal of their A-League license.

The Wellington club’s license expires at the end of the current season, but the Phoenix remain confident of an extension being signed in the near future.

However, reports in the Australian media say that several top members of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) have met with Sutherland Shire Council and the Sutherland Shire Football Association.

The FFA earlier ruled out an expansion to a 12-team league, confirming that any new team would be at the expense of one of the 10 current clubs.

“There are no plans for expansion of the Hyundai A-League in the foreseeable future,” said head of the A-League Damien de Bohun.

“The strategy is all about sustainability of the national competition and stability of the current 10 clubs.”

The Sydney Morning Herald went on to report that the FFA is looking at severing all ties with New Zealand football, with the Phoenix offering little in the way of broadcast revenue and A-League attendances.

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