The famous island might get a football team in the A-League but first they need to built at least one professional stadium. As it turns out, there is none currently.
FC Tasmania – that’s the temporary name of proposed A-League team that could be based in the island state. It would be Tasmania’s first professional team to join the national competition, most likely rooted in Hobart.
But while Tasmania has some 13,000 registered football players, the island has no ‘rectangular stadium’, as Australians call them, that would meet professional football’s demand.
In fact, the largest crowd ever to watch a football game here was just over 8,000 when Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United played in Launceston in 2007. This could be beaten if Tasmania gets a club of their own.
Robert Belteky – one of the main men behind Tasmania's bid – met with Premier Will Hodgman on Thursday to discuss what the island state needs to do to be included in an expanded A-League in the 2018/19 season.
Currently limited to 10 teams, A-League is expected to reach 12 for the 2018/19 season.