A MARATHON 10-hour mediation meeting aimed at giving birth to the National Premier League has yielded promising results, according to the Victorian soccer lead body.
“FFV and FFA met with club representatives on Tuesday and the discussions were positive. Discussions will be ongoing in an attempt to reach an outcome that is in the best interest of the code,” a Football Federation Victoria spokesperson said.
“We want a 2014 NPL competition and a resolution that is in the best interests of the code.”
At the meeting attended by representatives from Football Federation Australia and Football Federation Victoria there were also representatives from clubs that opposed the meeting, including Tom Kalas from South Melbourne Football Club.
A South Melbourne Football Club spokesperson said mediation was continuing yesterday and Kalas was involved in the ongoing discussions.
Ballarat Red Devils NPL working party chairman Andrew Burgess said he remained optimistic that the club would play in a 2014 NPL season.
“If there’s been positive results in those discussions it can only be good for football,” Burgess said.
“We look forward to the matter being resolved and knowing where the football community is going to be taken next year.
“I know everyone wants this moved forward sooner rather than later so we can all get on and play football.
“Ideally, I would love to see Ballarat face South Melbourne or Ballarat versus Northcote and it would be great for these teams to play on a $12 million facility.”
A Magistrates Court injunction against Football Federation Victoria prevented the establishment of a 2014 Victorian NPL after a number of co-signatory clubs opposed the application criteria.
If the NPL season does not go ahead, Ballarat Red Devils will play in state