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WA push for second Perth A-League team

NZN 11/08/2016

A second Perth-based team could be introduced in the A-League within the next three years if an ambitious plan by Football West comes to fruition.

The governing body of WA soccer wants to secure a second A-League licence for Perth, and it believes it can have a team up and running in the next three to five years.

Football West chairman Liam Twigger believes a second Perth-based side would boost soccer's footprint in WA, and increase interest in Australia's top-tier competition.

"We have more players in the game than ever and our clubs have done a fantastic job in developing players capable of competing in the A-League and overseas," Twigger said.

"We must continue to drive our game and, having a second team in WA, will double the number of opportunities for players, officials, coaches and fans to engage in the game.

"Just as the arrival of Western Sydney Wanderers has ignited football in NSW, a second WA team will add significant value to WA football."

Football West has already informed Football Federation Australia about its proposal.

The new side would be based at Football West's Home of Football headquarters when it's built.

And like Perth Glory, they would play their home games at nib Stadium.

Twigger says the derby rivalry with the Glory would be a big plus for soccer in WA.

Football West will implement an improved program of matches for the state men's team over the next three years to demonstrate WA's capacity to build and manage a new club.

It will also seek stakeholder input to determine the level of interest in a second WA-based side.

The Glory will face off against the WA state team next Wednesday in a friendly.

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