The Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC) is inviting all candidates for the Board of Football Federation Australia (FFA) to attend a community forum in Melbourne on Monday 12 November.
“This is an important election for the future of football,” said AAFC Chairman, Rabieh Krayem.
“Almost everyone in football wants to see greater democracy, transparency and accountability in the game – as groups such as #NewFIFANow have been calling for for years.
“It is terrific to see that three women and nine men have agreed to nominate for an important and prestigious position as custodians of our game, and we believe it is important to know what they stand for.
“As with other stakeholders who don’t have a say in the process, AAFC would like to hear from the candidates.
“We don’t think we’re alone. We invite our member clubs to participate, and we invite all interested stakeholders to attend also,” Krayem said.
“AAFC is truly independent in this process.
"We want what is best for football and what is best for the people in football, many of whom put in countless hours of volunteer activity.
“With such a large field, many of whom are unknown to us, we believe it is important to meet the candidates and hear from them first hand on their vision for the game.
“AAFC would urge all candidates to make themselves available and accountable in this way.”
Krayem said details are still to be finalised, but AAFC is in talks to ensure clubs, supporters, coaches, referees and others who cannot make it to Melbourne can be involved also.
He said that anyone who is interested in attending should complete preliminary registration via the AAFC website [link removed on 11 November].