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Independent A-League, 29-member congress among CRWG recommendations

New Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel is keen to get started in the A-League after a number of friendly games.
Victory Chairman Anthony Di Pietro believes signing Keisuke Honda will open the door to greater Asian partnerships.

The A-League would be spun off from Football Federation Australia (FFA) and run independently in time for the 2019-20 season under a proposal by a FIFA-backed working group.

The 100-page report from the congress review working group (CRWG) was made public on Tuesday after its submission to FIFA last week.

It is expected to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of FIFA's member associations committee on Aug. 20 and then put to a vote at an FFA extraordinary general meeting in mid-September.

If the vote...

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Matildas get sweet revenge against Japan in Tournament of Nations

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The Matildas have beaten their Asian Cup conquerors Japan 2-0 but lost out on the Tournament of Nations trophy despite an unbeaten campaign.

Alanna Kennedy's free kick goal in the 47th minute and a late strike from Samantha Kerr proved the difference in an evenly-matched contest on Friday morning (AEST) in Bridgeview, Illinois.

It was sweet revenge for the Matildas, who dominated Japan in April's Asian Cup final but slumped to a 1-0 defeat.

But the 4-1 win by the United States over Brazil in the...