John Aloisi calls for A-League salary cap to be scrapped: 'Let's compete with Asia'
John Aloisi wants the A-League expanded and its salary cap scrapped by the new Football Federation Australia board.
The Brisbane Roar coach says the $3 million cap creates an illusion of parity despite "four or five clubs" spending much more than their rivals.
Crucially, A-League rules allow three members of each 23-man club squad to be paid outside the cap.
Aloisi says the cap serves no purpose beyond limiting the ambition of A-League clubs, especially when it comes to Asian competitions.
In Thursday's Asian Champions League draw, Melbourne Victory find themselves grouped with Guangzhou Evergrande and Sydney with Shanghai SIPG.
Both Chinese clubs have budgets which dwarf their Australian opponents.
"The salary cap was very much about trying to keep clubs afloat. Now the clubs have been around long enough, they should know what budgets mean and how much they can spend," the ex-Socceroo said.
"We're not competing with the Premier League, we're competing with Asia. Let's compete with Asia.
"They haven't got salary caps; we go into the Asian Champions League and we're restricted because of the salary cap.
"I saw the draw and I feel sorry for the teams in the Champions League. They're playing SIPG? How much do they spend? More than $3 million on one player."
A new FFA board was elected on Monday with Chris Nikou appointed chairman.
Aloisi believes their first task should be confirming two new clubs to join the A-League next season, a move he feels would greatly boost player development.
"At the moment it seems like we've hit a little bit of a flat spot," he said.
"We need more players ... why can't we produce a new Timmy Cahill?
"Timmy Cahill was our best ever Socceroos. Why can't we produce someone that's even better than him? That's what our goal should be, not that 'no we can't'. What do you mean we can't?
"We're trying to limit ourselves all the time ... let's see how much we can grow this competition."