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Exclusive: Chris Nikou talks to ESPN about re-engaging Australia's fractured football community

Six months into his role as chairman of Football Federation Australia, Chris Nikou has just completed a country-wide roadshow of community forums and now has a fairly clear picture of just how big the challenge is to unite a fractured football community.

No stranger to the game, Nikou has been part of the football family in various guises for most of his life. Starting his playing days at the local level in Victoria, he worked his way through the ranks eventually holding simultaneous club secretary...

Pitch invader in Mexican wrestling mask given 10-year ban

A man wearing a Mexican wrestling mask has been banned from all levels of football in Canberra, Australia for 10 years following a bizarre pitch invasion.

The invader ran on to the field in the second half of the game between Cooma and Woden-Weston, with his face masked and brandished the referee with a red card.

Players then ripped off the mask and exposed the man's identity before he was taken from the field.

It is reported the man is a former referee who was staging a protest against the treatment...

Australia schedule friendly with Son Heung-min's South Korea in June

Australia will warm-up for the start of its World Cup qualifying campaign with a friendly against Son Heung-Min's South Korea in Busan on June 7.

The clash with the Taeguk Warriors will be the first match for Graham Arnold's Socceroos since January's ill-fated Asian Cup campaign.

Both Australia and Paulo Bento's South Korea suffered disappointing quarterfinal exits at the continental championship, eventually won by Qatar.

June's match will come seven months after both teams met in a pre-Asian Cup...

FFA appoints Melbourne Victory's Rob Sherman as technical director

Football Federation Australia have finally appointed a technical director after a nine-month wait.

Melbourne Victory's coaching general manager Rob Sherman will take up the key position after finishing up at the A-League club at the end of next month.

Sherman, a former professional footballer, has held similar roles in Wales and New Zealand. He was previously employed by FFA as head of coach education. FFA chief David Gallop said the appointment took so long as "it was important we found the right...

A-League clubs, Professional Footballers Australia want independent competition by July

A hat-trick from David Williams dented the Newcastle Jets' A-League finals hopes as Wellington Phoenix run out 4-1 winners.

A-League players and clubs have called on football's warring factions to make a deal for an independent competition before July.

The June 30 deadline has been set by FFA after the New Leagues Working Group (NLWG), tasked with finding the right formula for a breakaway league, tabled a long-awaited report into the matter on Tuesday.

The 70-page paper leaves plenty of scope for negotiation on issues of finances and governance.

But Professional Footballers Australia chief John Didulica said there was...