Tasmania’s bid to join the A-League has fallen over at the first hurdle after Football Federation Australia confirmed its expansion shortlist on Friday.
Two clubs will join the country’s premier competition from the 2019-20 season and 10 submissions have been shortlisted, with Tasmania’s bid one of five to have missed out.
FC Tasmania consortium chairman Harry Stamoulis said his group would continue its mission despite the result.
“While we are disappointed with today’s outcome, we respect the process that has been undertaken,” Stamoulis said.
“We will continue to push for the eventual entry of a Tasmanian-based team into the national competition.
“We are comforted by the news that our bid was well received by FFA and by the invitation to continue to talk to FFA about a Tasmanian franchise eventually joining the Hyundai A-League.”
Football Federation Tasmania president Bob Gordon thanked the consortium for its efforts and said football fans could take heart that the bid progressed as far as it did.
"Football Federation Australia has indicated that they intend to add more clubs to the A-League in the coming years and we hope the progress from this unsuccessful bid will help the cause for a Tasmanian A-League team in the future,” Gordon said.
“We look forward to working closely with FC Tasmania and the Tasmanian state government to capitalise on any further opportunities to progress the world game in this state.”
FFA EXPANSION SHORTLIST
South West Sydney FC
United for Macarthur (Sydney)
Southern Expansion (Sydney region)
Team 11 (Melbourne)
South Melbourne FC
Western Melbourne Group
Brisbane City FC
Ipswich Pride FC
Canberra & Capital Region