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    Auckland team awarded A-Leagues licence backed by US billionaire Bill Foley

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    Auckland team awarded A-Leagues licence backed by US billionaire Bill Foley

    Auckland's new A-League team has a kick-off date, a website and a chief executive officer, but there's still no word on a name, colours or home ground.

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    US billionaire Bill Foley owns Premier League team Bournemouth and NHL champions Las Vegas
    Foley said he wants to take a team from expansion to championship as he did with the Golden Knights in Vegas
    The New Zealand Knights were based in Auckland in the A-League from 2004 to 2007
    The new billionaire-bankrolled team will enter the A-League Men competition next October, and begin life in the A-League Women a year later, for the 2025-26 competition.

    Senior football executives from Australia, including A-Leagues commissioner Nick Garcia, and New Zealand gathered in Auckland on Tuesday to formally hand a licence to American club owner Bill Foley.

    Foley is a 78-year-old insurance and financial services tycoon who has branched out into the sporting world in recent years.

    In 2016, he founded NHL franchise Vegas Golden Knights, and in 2022 he led an investor group to buy English Premier League side Bournemouth.

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    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-...oley/103132132

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    Some pretty decent moves by the FFA/A Leagues this week with the Auckland expansion news and announcement of the second division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    announcement of the second division.
    Interesting there. Only one Queensland eventual bid (Sunshine Coast FC) from seven expressions of interest, while the sole EOI from Tasmania (South Hobart FC) submitted a bid. 3-0 for South Australia and Cockburn City FC didn't end up submitting.
    All successful bids came from NSW and Vic, with apparently 2-4 to be announced and an expansion in 2025.
    Not going to die wondering!

    2024 Clubs
    Team Suburb/City State/Territory Stadium
    APIA Leichhardt Leichhardt, Sydney New South Wales Lambert Park/Leichhardt Oval
    Avondale FC Parkville, Melbourne Victoria Avenger Park
    Marconi Stallions Bossley Park, Sydney New South Wales Marconi Stadium
    Preston Lions Reservoir, Melbourne Victoria B.T. Connor Reserve
    South Melbourne Albert Park, Melbourne Victoria Lakeside Stadium
    Sydney Olympic Belmore, Sydney New South Wales Belmore Sports Ground
    Sydney United 58 Edensor Park, Sydney New South Wales Sydney United Sports Centre
    Wollongong Wolves Wollongong New South Wales WIN Stadium

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    So it's a revival of the old ethnic Sydney/Melbourne "NSL" by the looks of it.

    Interesting to see the A-League going to try Auckland again, they had a lot trouble with getting Auckland going and the result was the Wellington Phoenix.

    I'd guess NBL basketball's failure with the Singapore Slingers (and covid) has meant no expansion into Asia. I thought the Singapore Lions would have been a long-term prospect for the Australian comp, seeing as they've been twice dumped by Malaysia as soon as they win a trophy.

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