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Australian football taking positive steps overseas

Football in Australia is making big impressions abroad what with the Socceroos constant improvement and more and more players gaining overseas contracts. Along with that, Adelaide United is in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League and Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO Ben Buckley is currently in London for an invitation-only football conference held by The Football Association (FA). It is a major compliment for Australian football that the head of the sport has been invited to such an esteemed event to speak with some of the highest powers in international football and Buckley touched on this point. "It's indicative of the growing reputation of the Hyundai A-League and football that Australia has been asked to participate in such a prestigious conference," he said. "It's a great opportunity to tell a very large audience just how far football in Australia has come." Buckley said he will speak about the fact that Australia has fans of various sporting codes but that soccer is rapidly becoming one of the more fashionable. "We have a fairly unique set of circumstances in Australia with four football codes that are all strongly supported and enjoyed by Australian sports fans," he added. "We compete for participants, spectators, sponsors, volunteers, media and talented, elite players who can go on to represent their country. "In this regard, football is truly the global game with structured international pathways and competition for both men and women, and now we have domestic league competitions which support that pathway."

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