Football Federation Australia (FFA) has convened a broad cross section of the football community to join the first steering committee of the National Second Division (NSD).
The Committee met for the first time last week and commenced work towards establishing a process and timetable for a NSD Competition.
Committee Chairman Remo Nogarotto said the objective of the committee was to commence laying out the framework for the competition which will grow football’s footprint and be a significant step forward for the sport in Australia.
“The first task of the Committee is to review the recommendations of the NSD Whitepaper, which was released in June and commence the task of drafting the competition architecture, including a budget, for the national second division, as well as consider an Expression of Interest process and timeline,” Nogarotto said.
The committee will report back to the FFA Board in the coming months, with an Expression of Interest process expected to commence thereafter.
The committee includes Women’s Football Council Committee member Sue Crow, Football Federation South Australia President Sam Ciccarello, Football Victoria President Kimon Taliadoros, Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna, PFA Chief Executive John Didulica, Australian Association of Football Clubs Chairman Nick Galatas and AAFC Treasurer Christo Patsan.
In addition to these members, Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and FFA Technical Director Rob Sherman will be co-opted onto the committee to advise on technical matters.
Sherman said player development was pivotal for the future success of our National Teams
“I’m looking forward to working with the National Second Division Steering Committee as we seek to develop the national competition structure. A robust competition structure will provide a pathway for not only for players, but for coaches, referees and administrators which will ultimately mean Australian football will be better placed to achieve more success internationally”.