‘I don’t know anything about that’: Mariners coach unaware of Usain Bolt contract offer – video

Central Coast Mariners manager Mike Mulvey has done his best to douse speculation of an impending deal for Usain Bolt, openly doubting whether the former sprint champion is worthy of a start at the A-League club. Bolt’s long-time agent Ricky Simms has said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received a contract offer from the Mariners however Mulvey said he knew nothing about it. Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar, Mulvey attempted to deflect questions regarding Bolt's future at the club before conceding he would find it tough to break into the side. 'You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions. Wouldn't you?' he said. Continue reading...

Usain Bolt’s agent says he has been offered Mariners deal, coach is unaware

  • Ricky Simms says former sprinter has been offered deal
  • Mike Mulvey: ‘I don’t know anything about it’
Usain Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms has said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received an A-League contract offer from the Central Coast Mariners however the club’s manager, Mike Mulvey, said he knew nothing about it. “In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered a contract. I do not want to make any further comment at this stage,” Simms said. Continue reading...

A-League 2018-19: end the hand-wringing, the green shoots are there | Richard Parkin

With a propensity towards doom and gloom, Australian football needs an occasional narrative reset Like the ancient serpent ouroboros, Australian football has a seemingly infinite capacity for auto-cannibalism. With a grassroots participation base that is the envy of any other Australian code, average attendances that place the A-League in the top 20 domestic competitions across the globe, and a level of corporate investment that increasingly underwrites financial stability, the game, from certain vantage points, has never looked more robust. And yet, under the constant clouds of an ever more enervating three-year descent into civil war, season 13 of the A-League became the perfect example of this tendency. Continue reading...

FFA narrows A-League expansion bid field to six applicants

  • Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride bids cast aside
  • Two successful applicants to be announced in November
Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC have failed in their bids to win an A-League licence after Football Federation Australia narrowed the field to six clubs at Tuesday’s board meeting. FFA will now undertake further due diligence and negotiations with the remaining bids, with two of the six – comprising Southern Expansion and Macarthur South West Sydney in New South Wales, Victoria’s Western Melbourne, Team 11 and South Melbourne, and Canberra in the ACT – to be chosen to swell the A-League’s current 10-team format to 12 for the 2019-20 season. Continue reading...

A-League 2018-19 preview part one: Adelaide United to Melbourne Victory | Jonathan Howcroft

Keisuke Honda has made headlines but there are plenty of other reasons to get excited about season 14 With the help of a World Cup and seismic change in the corridors of power, the usually interminable A-League offseason has flown by. We can now look forward to the first “straightforward” domestic campaign in yonks, one unencumbered by off-field distractions. The early signs are promising. There’s plenty of upbeat and meaningful publicity, some belting new signings, and a realistic possibility every club has strengthened since the end of last season. Continue reading...

‘A dream come true’: refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together

Childhood friends whose families fled conflict in Sudan represent Australia for first time against Kuwait From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide, to the A-League and then the Socceroos, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil have plenty of history in common. And in the unlikely location of Kuwait City, the pair of South Sudanese refugees etched out a splendid new chapter together, debuting on the same night for Australia. Graham Arnold handed the pair of next-generation Socceroos their first taste of international football in the 4-0 defeat of Kuwait. And when Mabil put the icing on the cake for Australia, scoring the evening’s fourth goal from a move that Deng started, fittingly his great friend was there first to embrace him. Continue reading...

Usain Bolt offered European professional football deal – reports

  • Unconditional two-year contract reportedly tabled
  • Sprint champion currently training with Central Coast
Usain Bolt could walk out of his open-ended A-League trial with the Central Coast Mariners amid reports of an unconditional two-year offer from a European club. The Jamaican sprint champion received a formal offer to play for a top-flight team after his eye-catching brace in Friday night’s trial match against Macarthur South West United went viral, according to reports. Continue reading...

Socceroos give Graham Arnold perfect start with 4-0 win in Kuwait

Awer Mabil scores on debut and Tom Rogic stars as Australia ease past a listless home team in Arnold’s first match as national coach Graham Arnold got the statement win he wanted in his first match as Socceroos coach, as his team brushed aside Kuwait 4-0 on Tuesday morning. An own goal by defender Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim gave the visitors the perfect start after 12 minutes with Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic and debutant Awer Mabil all finding the net in a one-sided victory in Kuwait City. Continue reading...

Inaugural W-League marquee Sam Kerr wants more to join her

  • Perth forward targets one marquee player per team
  • David Gallop says expanded season also a priority
Matildas superstar Sam Kerr wants a longer W-League season and more marquee players, and neither may be too far away according to FFA chief David Gallop. Kerr rejected offers from European clubs to sign for Perth Glory and become the W-League’s inaugural marquee player, something she said was a “huge honour”. “It’s something I’m really proud of and hopefully it’s a big step for women’s football in the right direction,” Kerr said at Monday’s W-League season launch in Sydney. “Hopefully one day there can be one [marquee] for every team which I think is well deserved for the girls.” Continue reading...

Usain Bolt scores first two goals in bid to become a professional footballer

  • Jamaican nets second-half brace in Mariners’ win
  • Struggles for touch in 75-minute outing
Usain Bolt scored twice in his second trial match for the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners to boost his chances of realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer. The world’s fastest man struck in a 20-minute second-half period as the Mariners eased to a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United; the first was a coolly-taken individual effort while a defensive mix-up gifted him a second in the pre-season friendly in Campbelltown. Continue reading...

England Lionesses frustrated by penalty decisions and late Australia equaliser

• England 1-1 Australia
• Kirby 21; Polkinghorne 84Despite a confident and possession-heavy display, the Lionesses were punished for their profligacy in front of goal as a late Clare Polkinghorne header earned the visitors a draw. It looked as if Phil Neville’s project to get the Lionesses playing total football was well on track and he will surely be pleased with the run of play for much of the game. Related: From Ellie Roebuck to Ebony Salmon: 10 young English footballers to watch | Suzanne Wrack Continue reading...

England women face litmus test against ‘World Cup dark horses’ Australia

• Phil Neville says Matildas could spring surprise at France 2019
• England face Australia in friendly at Craven Cottage on TuesdayEngland’s women face another intriguing litmus test of their World Cup potential when they face a physically powerful Australia in a friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday night. Phil Neville describes Alen Stajcic’s Matildas as “dark horses” to win France 2019 and suspects they will provide tougher opponents than the Brazil team his side beat 1-0 at Notts County’s Meadow Lane on Saturday. Continue reading...

Football Ferns look to future after damning report confirms bullying inside NZF

Players welcome a ‘productive future’ after New Zealand Football apology and acceptance ‘in full’ of recommendations It started with 12 players making 13 complaints about the behaviour of one coach over two tours. It continued with 80 interviews and a three-month review into the conduct and culture inside New Zealand Football. This week a damning 22-page report found allegations from the Football Ferns, NZ’s national women’s football team, that former coach and NZF technical director Andreas Heraf “bullied” and “harassed” players and staff during team tours in Spain and New Zealand this year to be largely substantiated, drawing an apology from NZF president, Deryck Shaw. Continue reading...