The Chairman of Football Federation Australia (FFA), Mr Steven Lowy AM, said today he did not intend to seek re-election when his term expires in November this year.
Mr Lowy said he wanted to foreshadow his intention now, ahead of the 30 September deadline for nominations, to create the best possible environment to break the looming deadlock among stakeholders about the formation of an expanded Congress and preserve the independence of the FFA board which is critical to the game’s future success.
FULL STATEMENT: From Mr Steven Lowy AM
The Congress model proposed by the Congress Review Working Group can lead to the professional game and just two State Federations, acting as a bloc as they have done throughout the process, to control the Congress and therefore the election of directors to the FFA board.
“I want to get the focus back on the core principle and not on personalities,” Mr Lowy said.
“By removing myself from the debate I hope to encourage a proper analysis of the real issues so that an outcome can be achieved that is in the interests of the whole of the game.”
Mr Lowy said that when he was elected chairman by a unanimous vote of all members in 2015 the game was entering a new phase but remained fragile.
“FFA has championed efforts to expand the Congress and expand the A-League under a new operating model so it can maximise returns on investment for the game as a whole, including for the clubs,” he said.
“This remains the goal of the FFA board – to grow the game so that the A-League and W-League, as well as our grassroots, football development, the women’s game and our national teams get the resources they need to succeed here in Australia and on the world stage.”