Saturday Mar 28, 2020
Football Federation Australia on Friday sent 70 percent of its staff packing as the coronavirus pandemic suspended all sporting events throughout the world.
Despite holding out to be one of the last competitions in the world still playing, the plug was finally pulled on the A-League this week.
FFA chief executive James Johnson said the shutdown would inevitably hit revenue streams hard, including national registration fees, broadcast money, sponsorship, and ticket sales.
“So we have needed to adjust our operations to ensure that we can remain operational, forcing us to take the unfortunate decision to stand down approximately 70 percent of our workforce,” he said.
FFA employs around 100 people and while some were switched to part-time, others are going on paid leave when possible and “a number of staff members” were forced to take time off without pay.
There was no mention of players taking pay cuts. Football is not Australia’s most popular spectator sport, but more than two million people play the game and Johnson insisted it was only a “temporary stoppage”.
“We need a strong national governing body in place and a team ready and able to get back to work as soon as possible, as football will play an essential role in the recovery of our nation post COVID-19,” he added.