Liverpool great Fowler’s coaching baptism as A-League kicks off

Of the 12, three are from Melbourne and three from Sydney, with the prospect of more fiercely-contested derby games. 

The A-League first kicked off in 2005 in an eight-team format and, while expanding, it continues to battle dwindling ticket sales and tumbling TV ratings, which some have blamed on mismanagement by Football Federation Australia.

In a extraordinary move in the off-season, club owners assumed majority control of the league from the governing body, giving them greater say over its strategic and commercial direction.

It followed months of intense negotiations with the FFA, which will instead focus its energies and resources on Australia’s national teams and grassroots football.

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