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Australian State of Origin

Started on 3 September 2016 by Feliks / First Post
Latest Reply on 7 September 2016 by Justice / Last Post
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FFA To Trial 'State of Origin' Concept

There has been shock around Australia with the news that Football Federation Australia will be suspending the Hyundai A-League for a 10 week period during the 2016/17 season and heading in a 'bold new direction', as claimed by FFA boss David Gallop. It has been announced that in the A-League's place for that time will be a 'State of Origin' competition contested by the states of Australia.

Gallop spoke to the press earlier today about the move which will see the A-League season pushed back to mid-November.

"We wanted to put on a showcase of the skills of the Australian footballer. We worked for quite a few years contacting players and agreeing with stadiums, but now we're ready to bring the people a State of Origin."

There have been State of Origin competitions in two of Australia's football codes, with rugby league's State of Origin arguably the country's biggest annual sporting clash. AFL's State of Origin has not been contested since 1999 but was also a brief affair, with just one game a season compared to rugby's three. Football's State of Origin however promises to be a 10 week affair.

The states participating are yet to be finalised although some are speculating that the 5 major states (excluding Tasmania) will be set to compete for the trophy. The format of the competition is yet to be confirmed.

This is a bold new venture for Australian football, and whether or not it can be a success, should be a major talking point for years to come.
Nice work mate, will you be running a team or follow it as an outsider?
This is an interesting concept, and I'm quite intrigued to see how it turns out!

FFA Confirms Sides For State of Origin

The FFA have confirmed that 5 states and 1 territory will compete in this year's State of Origin competition, rejecting bids from the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The association deemed the pool of talent born in the Territory and the Apple Isle not up to the standard of the rest of the country, with just one professional footballer from each area - Jesse Makarounas (NT) and Jerrad Tyson (Tasmania). The Australian Capital Territory managed to convince the association of their worthiness due to players such as Tom Rogic, Carl Valeri and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

It is no surprise however to see the other 5 states participating in the competition, with each contributing a strong pool of talent to the Australian national team. On paper, New South Wales looks to be the strongest side, boasting the likes of Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill and Massimo Luongo, but Victoria and Queensland could form strong opposition as well as the potential surprise packets Western Australia and South Australia. We'll look to keep you updated with all the State of Origin news in the coming days.

State of Origin managers revealed

The FFA have announced the appointment of the 6 coaches in the upcoming State of Origin competition. In most cases, both the manager and the assistant manager is from the state he is managing although there are exceptions. Here's a run through of each of the bosses.

1. Graham Arnold (New South Wales)

The Sydney FC boss is one of the country's most reputable managers with experience in the A-League as head coach of Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC. He's also managed in Japan and had a short stint in charge of the Socceroos following Guus Hiddink's resignation. He has won 2 premierships and 1 championship with NSW-based side Central Coast, and being born in Sydney himself, was a natural selection to commandeer the state team.

2. Scott Miller (Victoria)

It was rumoured Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou was being slated for this role but after he turned it down, the FFV turned to Newcastle's young manager Scott Miller. Touted as the next Tony Popovic, the young gaffer was born in Melbourne and despite lacking the achievements of Postecoglou or Arnold, is considered one of the up and coming managers in the country.

3. Frank Farina (Queensland)

Farina, like Arnold, is a manager with a strong history including time in charge of the national team. He's also managed Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC at a domestic level and is currently in charge of the Fiji national team. The 51 year old was born in Darwin but grew up in Cairns in the far north of the state.

4. Craig Deans (Western Australia)

Football West chose not to pursue a talented manager from outside the state but instead went with home-grown Craig Deans. Born in Perth, Deans has little managerial experience at the top level, with a brief stint as interim manager of the Newcastle Jets. His major experience has been with the Jets' youth and W-League teams and so a lot of faith has been put on his shoulders to perform.

5. Aurelio Vidmar (South Australia)

There were a number of talented options to manage South Australia, including Tony Vidmar, John Aloisi and John Kosmina, but the FFSA have opted to go with the elder of the Vidmar brothers, Aurelio. The ex-Socceroo spent 3 years in charge of Adelaide United, taking them to the 2008 Asian Champions League final and getting inducted into the FFA Hall of Fame. He currently manages Thai side Bangkok Glass and was formerly the manager of the Olyroos.

6. Tony Popovic (Australian Capital Territory)

The Australian Capital Territory took a different route from Football West, choosing to appoint a coach from outside the state rather than go with a Canberra-born manager. Ex-Croatia defender Josip Simunic was the Canberra man, snubbed in favour of the Western Sydney Wanderers' Tony Popovic. Popovic has built up a reputation of being one of the country's best managers after leading his club side to instant success in the A-League as well as becoming the first Australian manager to win the Asian Champions League.
I'm looking forward to the first s mate.

Kit Reveal Ahead of State of Origin

Each of the football federations has released their kits ahead of the State of Origin competition in 4 weeks time despite the fact they have no players to model on as of yet; the squad selection is not for another week. However, the kits have been released nonetheless.

New South Wales have gone with a simple kit designed by Puma, using the state's traditional colours of sky blue and navy blue for the home kit. Sponsored by beer company VB, their away kit simply retains the navy blue trim but has a primary colour of white.

Victoria's design is one of the most iconic in Australia, with the 'Big V' being in used for nearly 100 years. Comparisons have been obviously made with Melbourne Victory's kit although the away kit uses a classic colour scheme from the 1900s. Manufactured by Nike and sponsored by retail giants Myer, Victoria's kits are the most iconic.

The Maroons have predictably gone with a maroon design for their home kit but have gone with grey trim rather than gold due to the design of the football federation's logo. However, for the away kit, they have gone with a gold kit with maroon trim. The kits have been sponsored by XXXX Gold and manufactured by Nike.

Football West have gone with two different designs, both supplied by Nike and sponsored by insurance company AAMI. At home games, Western Australia will wear a yellow kit with a black diagonal stripe and black trim. Away from home, they will wear an all-black design with yellow trim.

South Australia's kit design is also very iconic, with the Croweaters having worn the double chevron in AFL State of Origin for over 50 years. The FFSA have chosen this colour scheme over the colours of the Redbacks cricket team, which has been used for the away kit. In both cases, the kits are made by Umbro and sponsored by the state's bank, BankSA.

Like Queensland, the ACT have chosen to utilise the colours of their federation logo. Adidas designed both kits, and they are sponsored by Australian National University. The home kit is predominantly sky blue, with black and white stripes, whereas the away kit uses the colours of the ACT flag, being mainly gold with royal blue and white stripes.
I know your young Feliks but VB Beer stands for Victoria Bitter............ maybe give NSW and VIC a sponsor swap..... VB would never sponsor NSW against VIC if they're both in a competition
Australian Capital Territory kits are fantastic!

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