We have sought independent counsel, and are across the issues, in the defamation case brought by Football Queensland against Bonita Mersiades. We want to make it clear that we support Bonita.

The Golden Generation was established earlier this year for one simple reason: we want to take the game forward and secure Australia’s football future.

That is why we put forward five goals to achieve that: to expand the football footprint, to unite the game, to focus on football, to re-boot the A-League, and to own our biggest assets.

For far too long, the game has lost touch with the people who matter most: fans, players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and all those who have helped build the game over decades and who help make it tick-over every day in more than 2,500 clubs across the country.

We are here for those people, of whom Bonita is one.

Australian football needs passionate football people. It needs people who live and breathe it, and who do not think about what football can do for them, but what they can do for football.

We urge the Board of Football Queensland to drop this spurious defamation action against Bonita or be forever condemned for failing to put football first.

We urge the boards of the nine other federations to advise their fellow Congress members to do likewise.

We urge those who are in positions of power in football to welcome - and to get used to - transparency and accountability in their custodianship of our game.

And we urge the real football people of Australia to stand with us against the culture of intimidation and bullying which appears, sadly, to have pervaded the highest management levels of our game.

This might be about ‘getting’ one person as far as Football Queensland is concerned. But in going after one of us, you are going after all of us.

You can donate to a GoFundMe campaign to assist Bonita with her legal costs. Any unused funds will be donated to the Pararoos by the Australian Sports Foundation.

The success of the combined Australia/New Zealand bid in hosting the 2023 World Cup is a monumental opportunity for football, according to The Golden Generation.

“We know how big a World Cup is, and what a great time visitors and local fans can have.

“This win is a great boost not only to women’s football but the game overall,” said co-founder Craig Moore.

“We congratulate Football Federation Australia and Football New Zealand for putting together a compelling case as hosts.

“We also congratulate FIFA on its process for evaluating and voting on the bids.

“Playing on home soil is a wonderful opportunity for the Matildas and Football Ferns to shine on their own turf in front of their home fans, and we hope the tournament motivates and inspires young girls in both countries to play our game.”

Moore said it was also vital that the World Cup leave a legacy for the sport, the most important one being around better facilities.

“The single biggest event in any Olympic Games is also the football tournament, yet when Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympics, football largely missed out a substantial legacy in terms of facilities or assets, even though the football tournament was played in five cities.

“We must not let this happen again. Football is the most popular sport in the world, and it’s also the most popular in Australia based on the number of people who play the game.

“We need spaces we can call our own and places to play.”

Moore said the Matildas can lead the way in terms of national team success.

“We hope that women’s football goes through the roof here and in New Zealand.

“Great competition delivers better results, and better results brings more competition.

“The Matildas success is the game’s success, and it should also give fresh impetus to everyone in the game to emulate the women’s achievements,” Moore said.

“We’re looking forward to the journey as the Matildas work to be crowned world champions in 2023.”

The response to the proposal that Football Federation Australia (FFA) manage its own content and create a ‘FFA TV’ Over-the-Top (OTT) streaming service has been gathering momentum, according to co-founder of The Golden Generation, Craig Moore.

The Golden Generation, which was established by the group of Socceroos who played at the 2006 World Cup, is an independent group advocating on securing the future of the game.

“Since we raised this as a possibility on a TV talk show, and released our discussion paper on Making the Most of Our Biggest Asset last month, we have been really encouraged by the feedback from the local football community in support of it, as well as hearing from a variety of providers who can actually do it.

“It’s not as if the FFA TV concept is something out-of-the-ordinary,” Moore said.

“Anyone with kids knows that they’re born with the internet in their hands and are fully accustomed to getting entertainment on any screen.

“We get that it can be an alarming prospect for the business model of the traditional broadcasters and they may downplay the idea of it, but the facts are that football fans want to see more quality content at their fingertips, and at times they want to see it.

“The idea of ‘FFA TV’ may be a disruptor locally, but it’s not internationally.”

With their wide web of international networks across a number of countries, The Golden Generation have been contacted by a large number of OTT providers.

Moore said those he and other co-founders have heard from include the likes of Cluch, DAZN, Dugout, Grabyo, Eleven Sports, Pixellot, Singular.Live , Spalk TV as well as local players such as LIGR and Optus.

“These organisations have the technology and the know-how. They’re not starting from scratch because they’re already doing it in sport elsewhere,” Moore said.

“For example, Dugout works with the likes of AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, PSG and has partnerships around the world.

“The OTT market is getting bigger everyday and we see the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Apple TV+, as well as legacy companies such as Disney and Warner, all investing in OTT capability.

Moore said that the worldwide trend is for legacy pay TV services such as Fox Sports, which has been the FFA’s broadcast partner for 15 years, to invest only in what they see as ‘tier 1’ sports.

“In Australia, it seems they don’t see football as tier 1.

“As we always say, they’re entitled to their opinion, but they are wrong. We are not a tier 2 sport.

“We offer competition – or ‘content’ - from grassroots to elite, from local to national and international, from age 5 to adult, men and women. There is something for everyone, and we cover every demographic of consumer who plays, watches and loves our game.”

Moore also said that with so many journalists, TV producers and commentators increasingly out of work, there is scope for football to have its own, bespoke production company.

“We’re saying to the FFA and A-League clubs that it’s time to be bold and not be stuck in 20th century thinking or broadcast models.”

The Golden Generation’s discussion paper also proposes that access to an OTT FFA TV should be included in the registration fee for junior players as a means of giving something back to the game.

“In some states, for every little kid who plays, more than $100 of their registration fee is split between their local Association, their state federation and FFA. We’d like to see them get something in return.”

Further information on The Golden Generation’s vision, as well as bios of players, can be found here and the group can be followed on Twitter and Instagram @GGener8tion and Facebook.

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