Southern Expansion has welcomed today’s announcement by Football Federation (FFA) that the Club has been selected on the new shortlist of bids for A-League expansion. Southern’s Chairman is former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, who was appointed after the death of inaugural Chairman, Les Murray AM; its CEO is the highly-regarded former Chief Executive of NSW PCYC…
Ahead of the final Football Federation Australia (FFA) announcement of two new A-League Clubs, Southern Expansion has announced key appointments to join its Chairman, the Hon. Morris Iemma, on the foundation Board of its proposed Club. The five members of the foundation Southern Board are: • Jon Sutton, Managing Director and CEO of the Bank…
Southern Expansion Chief Executive Officer Chris Gardiner is calling on the FFA to give equal priority to W-League expansion when it announces new A-League licenses in the coming days. Mr Gardiner says a new W-League team will be fundamental to the creation of a modern, professional football club for the Southern region. “Southern has always…
Southern Expansion, the Group bidding for new A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region, has unveiled plans for a $50 million state-of the art, high-performance training and sports science centre in the Sutherland Shire. The hi-tech centre would be located on several hectares of currently disused and mostly disturbed land located adjacent to ANSTO’s…
Southern Expansion is pleased to advise that it has formally lodged its final Submission for A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region with Football Federation Australia (FFA) today. The Southern Expansion Steering Group is Chaired by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, who was appointed after the death of inaugural Chair Les Murray AM; its…
The Southern Expansion Steering Group will join the friends and former colleagues of the late and great Les Murray, to commemorate the first anniversary of his death, at a special memorial service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney tomorrow (Tuesday 31 July). As the founding Chair of Southern Expansion, Les worked tirelessly to build the…
Renowned Australian sports scientist, Darren Burgess, Director of High Performance at Arsenal FC in the English Premier League (EPL), will be joining Southern Expansion as a special High Performance Advisor upon the Club being granted a new A-League licence, it was announced today. Mr Burgess has been at Arsenal since June 2017 after being “hand-picked”…
Southern Expansion is one step closer to bringing A-League and W-League teams to the Southern Region after FFA announced the Group’s bid has been shortlisted for A-League expansion. The Southern Expansion Steering Group is Chaired by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, who was appointed after the death of inaugural Chair Les Murray AM; its…
Southern Expansion CEO Chris Gardiner believes Steering Group’s bid has the communal and financial backing to succeed in the A-League and W-League. Gardiner — whose bid includes Chairman Morris Iemma and Head of Football Craig Foster — told The Women’s Game Southern Expansion have been able to provide a W-League since last year. “We offered…
Former Socceroo Scott Ollerenshaw believes the St George district is an “untapped market” for football and that “tens of thousands” of football fans will not connect with the A-League until they have their own team. Ollerenshaw grew up in the area and built his international career at St George Football Club. While Sydney FC have…
On the eve of the short-listing of A-League bids, self-described ‘St George boy’ and ex-Socceroo, Scott Ollerenshaw, has come out in support of Southern Expansion, so the Southern Region finally gets “its own Club”. Ollerenshaw, who also played briefly with the Wollongong Wolves, said the tens of thousands of kids playing football in the Region…
Three Socceroos stars have today paid tribute to Southern’s founding chairman, the late Les Murray AM Socceroos Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill and Mark Milligan have paid tribute to Hungarian-Australian football icon and SBS commentator Les Murray ahead of the team’s clash with Hungary. Milligan said it was appropriate to honour the contribution made by Murray.…
Sydney FC should support, not resist, Southern Expansion, and if they need help with community engagement and membership drives in the population of over 2 million and registered player base of nearly 60,000 still available to them after Southern Expansion is established, we are willing to help. Read Southern’s 5 x home truths for Sydney…
Southern Expansion has responded to ‘ridiculous’ claims made today by the Chairman of Sydney FC, Scott Barlow, who has come out in support of the Macarthur Bid. “It’s good that Mr Barlow has now come out openly as a backer to the Macarthur Bid,” Southern Expansion CEO, Chris Gardiner, said today. Read our Media Release…
Southern Expansion, which today lodged its EOI with FFA for new A-League and W-League license for the Southern Region, has announced a formal sister club relationship with Chinese Super League Club, Guizhou Hengfeng FC, following an investment by Southern’s backers in the parent company of Guizhou. Read our Media Release for more information …
Southern Expansion’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Gardiner, says the disappointing 17,000 crowd for Sydney FC’s home semi-final in the “Big Blue” against Melbourne Victory last week demonstrates that a third competitor in the nation’s most populous city was an absolute imperative for the code. Read our Media Release for more information
Southern Expansion’s Head of Football, Craig Foster, last night conducted a coaching seminar for coaches at South Coast Football, with more than 20 local SAP and elite development coaches from the region attending the event at Terry Reserve. Read our Media Release for more information
Australian and Liverpool legend, Craig Johnston, is joining the team at Southern Expansion, the Group bidding for A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region. Southern announced today that Mr Johnston will act as Technical Advisor for the new Club’s youth programs, working with Head of Football, Craig Foster. Read our Media Release for more
Southern Expansion, the Group bidding for A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region, has announced a unique administrative model which will allow its Members to have a direct say in the running of their new Club. Read our Media Release for more information
Southern Expansion, the Group bidding for A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region, has welcomed today’s announcement of the formal process for expansion, saying the new Club will meet the FFA’s criteria to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).
With the A-League expansion process soon to commence, Southern Expansion has held talks in Wollongong today with Football South Coast (FSC), finalising FSC’s main priorities and needs in bringing a new, professional football club to the Illawarra Region.
Southern Expansion has reinforced its commitment to bring A-League and W-League teams to the Southern Region by entering into a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks NRL Club, resulting in Southern playing a number of its home games at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
Southern Expansion, the Group bidding for A-League and W-League licenses for the Southern Region, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Georges River Council, which will see the new Club play a number of its home games at the iconic Jubilee Oval in Kogarah.
In March last year it was revealed a new club that would represent the St George, Sutherland Shire and Illawarra was one step closer to reality following the announcement of a consortium to head an official bid.
Radio Interview | Southern Expansion Chairman Morris Iemma – A-League expansion and Southern’s future plans | The Big Sports Breakfast
Southern Expansion’s Chairman Morris Iemma was interviewed on The Big Sports Breakfast this morning about A-League expansion and our future plans.
Radio Interview | Southern Expansion Chairman Morris Iemma – The need to evolve the A-League in Australia | FNR_Football
Southern Expansion Chairman Morris Iemma was interviewed on Football Nation Radio this morning about the need to evolve the A-League in Australia.
In this edition of The World Game, Southern Expansion’s Craig Foster, Mark Rudan and Lucy Zelic discussed the numerous issues surrounding football in Australia.
To all of you who want an A/W League Football Club in the Southern Region, I thank you for your ongoing support and wish you a Merry Christmas.
Southern Expansion, the entity bidding for A and W League licenses to cover the Illawarra, Sutherland and St George areas, has signed a wide reaching Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Wollongong (UOW).
The Southern Expansion Group is pleased to announce that former NSW Premier, the Hon. Morris Iemma, is the new Chairman of our Steering Group’s bid to bring A-League and W-League football teams to the Southern Region. click to read the full details in this post.
The Southern Expansion Group is pleased to announce plans to formally recognise our Founding Chair Les Murray AM, click to read the full details in this post.
Southern Expansion is pleased to announce that we’ve been joined by Matilda legends Julie Murray and Di Alagich.
Southern Expansion and our financial sponsor Jia Yuan have been featured in the AFR.
The Southern Expansion football franchise will prove to be a much-needed economic windfall for the FFA, injecting a massive $16.3 million in additional revenues into the A-League.
New research shows immense support and the positive economic effect of our A-League and W-league expansion bid.
The Sutherland Shire Business Chamber has written a formal letter of support for the Southern Expansion bid.
Southern Expansion is pleased to announce that we’ve been joined by Matilda legends Julie Murray and Di Alagich.
Last week the Southern Expansion team met with Eleni Petinos MP, Member for Miranda, to brief her about the bid and the opportunities for the local area.
Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Illawarra and South Coast, met with the Southern Expansion bid team to discuss the benefits that an expanded A-League and W-League will bring to the southern region.
Southern Expansion CEO Chris Gardiner was recently interviewed by Tracey Holmes about our W-League bid.
Southern Expansion has solid plans to ensure that the professional female game is developed and strengthened in positive ways.
Chris Minns MP, NSW Member for Kogarah, has written a formal letter of support for the Southern Expansion bid.
In early March, our bid team visited the Illawarra region to talk with Wollongong Lord Mayor.
Councillor Jack Boyd has written a formal letter of support for the Southern Expansion bid.
Our CEO Chris Gardiner and Head of Football Craig Foster have briefed NSW Sports Minister.
Mark Coure, Member for Oatley, has written a formal letter of support for the Southern Expansion bid.
In mid-March, the Southern Expansion bid team met with Paul Scully.
The Southern Expansion team were glad to be able to meet with Steve Kamper, Chris Minns, and Mark Coure.
Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce has written a formal letter of support for the Southern Expansion bid.
Great to meet with Ryan Park, MP for Keira, in late March.