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Soccer bodies to meet over salary cap

24/01/2005 08:08:32 PM Comments (0)

The Australian Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) will meet this week with the national soccer federation to suggest sweeping changes to the new A-League salary cap.

PFA chief executive Rob Anderson said they would meet in Melbourne after the players' association forwarded a list of salary cap proposals for the league which kicks off in August to the Football Federation Australia (FFA).

They include expanding the club roster from 20 to 40 players and increasing the base salary from $30,000 to $36,000 a year.

"Thirty thousand a year is very much insufficient and we would like to see that moderately raised," Anderson told SBS World Sport.

Anderson said the PFA wanted the cap replaced by a "transparent financial management system" to make board members more accountable.

Other cap issues suggested by the PFA include introducing a national youth league aligned to the eight A-League clubs and abolishing the rule in which clubs must have three players under 20 on their roster.

FFA operations manager Matt Carroll said the cap was "here to stay".

"It's a little bit disappointing (of suggesting cap changes) at this late stage," he said.

"We are always willing to talk to Rob Anderson about any of the issues that the players might have.

"We will look at what he has to say but the salary cap is here to stay."

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