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Football salary cap to be lifted for Aussie A-League clubs

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 May 2008

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Australia's A-League clubs will be able to boost the number of players on their squads to 35 and operate under an increased salary cap next season, Football Federation Australia said Friday.

In the fourth season of the league to kick off on August 15, the eight clubs will be able to have 20-23 roster players and 10-12 youth league players in their ranks.

The FFA said it has increased the salary cap of each club by 100,000 dollars to 1.9 million dollars (1.78 million USD) and clubs will be able to have one under-23 player exempt from the cap in future.

The 2008-09 A-League season will again be contested over 21 rounds with the grand final set to take place for the first time at night on February 28, 2009.

The season will kick off with a re-match of this year's grand final between champions Newcastle Jets and local rivals Central Coast Mariners.

The FFA said there will be three breaks within the next season to accommodate FIFA international matches on September 6, October 11 and November 11.

The season will also see the launch of a new national youth league competition.

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