FFA wants to complete A-League season in late August: Djite

SYDNEY Australian Football Federation (FFA) wants to resume the 2019-2020 season of the A-League towards the end of July and complete it before the end of August, Adelaide United director of football Bruce Djite said Wednesday.

League A was halted in March due to coronavirus sprout with five rounds of the regular season and the championship playoffs remain to be played.

I understand that they want the season to be completed by the end of August, Djite told journalists in Adelaide on Wednesday.

So mathematically, three games a week and everything else you could eliminate in four or five weeks. Then you work again and you say you need at least four, five weeks of training, so you're looking at the end of June, the beginning of July.

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But there is a lot of water under the bridge before that ... There are still many unknowns.

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With the players laid off and mostly surviving on the government's JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy program, Djite said the FFA would need to sit down with their union to nut out details on pay before any training resumed.

The boys will not train at JobKeeper again, he said.

Those discussions have to be urgent, so there is clarity in the mentality of the players and there is clarity for the clubs in the financial management of what the cost will be.

Because at this time there is no income and we do not know what the cost base is to end the season.

Social distancing measures have managed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Australia a solo un goteo de casos nuevos cada día y parece que las restricciones se aliviarán in todo el país durante las próximas dos semanas.

Some will remain, however, and one proposal being considered to complete the A-League season is gathering the teams into a central hub in Sydney and playing all the remaining matches behind closed doors there.

As a club we are happy to do that, and the players are happy to do that, we just want to end the season, Djite said.

La gente ahora se siente más cómoda saltando in un avión a Nueva Gales del Sur.

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Adelaide United will need a new manager before any action resumes after Gertjan Verbeek headed back home to the Netherlands in April before resigning last week.

The club's last four managers have been European, but Djite said they would look closer to home for Verbeek's replacement.

We want an Australia n coach for next season, he said.

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