21/02/2024

South Melbourne FC are one of the clubs participating in the bid process for the NST. (Photo: South Melbourne FC / X)

Football Australia (FA) is expected to announce the future of the National Second Tier soon, following a recent board meeting last Thursday.

Nick Galatas, Chairman of the Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC), revealed to The Inner Sanctum that applicant clubs were told by FA that a decision would be made after the Women’s World Cup.

This timeline was eventually clarified to be late October, following FA’s monthly board meeting.

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“My understanding is that FA’s monthly board meeting was held last Thursday [26th] for its October meeting,” he said.

“The board was due to consider the recommendations and any report on the establishment of the new NST competition submitted by its executive officers.

“[The result of the vote] has not yet been communicated, but I expect an announcement of the outcome is imminent.”

Whilst it seems Football Australia will miss that October deadline, FA confirmed an update is coming when The Inner Sanctum reached out for comment.

“Football Australia is presently finalising its strategy and will be providing an update on [the] National Second Tier in the near future.”

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