FOOTBALL Federation Victoria announced today that it has arranged a meeting with senior Football Federation Australia representatives and clubs opposed to the current National Premier League model for mediation.
FFV have said the aim of the meeting is to resolve the current impasse in the establishment of the National Premier Leagues for 2014 and to dodge a Supreme Court hearing.
The meeting is to be held next Tuesday in Melbourne.
An injunction imposed by the Magistrates Court has brought plans for a 2014 NPL season to a stand still, stalling the preparation of established premier league teams and proposed NPL teams.
Ballarat Red Devils have submitted an application for the proposed Victorian NPL, but cannot go ahead with implementing the team until the injunction is lifted.
Ballarat Red Devils NPL working party chairman Andrew Burgess told The Courier last week that the club was "hamstrung" more so than existing metropolitan premier league teams because appointment of coaches and players would not be possible until a 2014 NPL season was confirmed.
"“It’s certainly a frustration that there’s been a hold-up of the implementation of the NPL,” Burgess said.
“But it’s out of our hands and it’s something we can only prepare for when the opportunity comes forward.”
Burgess was unsure whether the club's NPL application would be moved forward to a 2015 season if the stalemate was not resolved in time.