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Indigenous Groups Sign a Treaty for Football with Australia

The lack of progress on recognition and inclusion by football authorities has left Indigenous representatives from Australia and New Zealand dissatisfied. In response, they have signed a groundbreaking "Football Treaty" in Queensland.

The treaty is intended to highlight the importance of Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders as players for their national teams, as well as promote greater understanding on both sides of the Tasman. It also intends to address issues such as quotas, funding, and governance that have affected the participation of indigenous players across all codes in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Australian main league which is called the A-League has been rocked with a recent surge of Covid-19 cases since the turn of the New Year. While there have been increased cases since the beginning of the Holidays in December, this recent swell in a number of positive cases has led to many league games being canceled as the league tries to manage the situation.

League organizers gave the green light for Sunday’s game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United to be postponed. This would come as a massive news for Adelaide who has been on a bit of a mini-slide after losing back-to-back league games.

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The transfer window is getting heated up as clubs vie for signings as they look to strengthen ahead of the coming season. The Premier League clubs have also been thick in action with several players exiting clubs and potential signings on the verge of completing moves.

One player that has been linked to several clubs is Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy. The Australia international is said to be on the radar of West Ham,Wolves, Bournemouth and Brighton.

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Graham Arnold, who is presently in charge of Australian senior men’s Football team, is not sure whether he can oversee the Australian junior team as well whom he oversaw on an interim basis in the Olympic qualification matches recently.

The matches of the junior team are mostly scheduled round about at the same time of the year when the senior team plays their matches, hence it’s virtually impossible for a coach to be in charge of both the teams and Arnold understands it.

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Can Mooy avoid Second Season Syndrome?

After Huddersfield managed to stave off the threat of relegation in their debut Premier League season, they had little time to celebrate their achievements. As soon as one campaign finishes, the preparations for the next begin in earnest.

That is exactly what David Wagner would have had to do this summer as he plans for Huddersfield to extend their stay in the English top flight into a third season and beyond. However, that is a feat that is easier said than done.

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Can Australia Break Through Against Denmark?

Australia were not supposed to win their first match of the World Cup 2018, and they did fall to France. However, they performed admirably in that tournament opener, and look like they may be able to threaten the other two teams in Group C. With a huge match against Denmark coming up, can Australia get over the hump and deliver some much-needed points to their campaign?

Before focusing on Denmark, it is worth pointing out just how good Australia were against France. They were victims of two different Video Assistant Referee calls, both of which benefited the French.

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Can Australia progress from Group C?

Australia had to put in plenty of groundwork and travel a lot to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having come through the challenging route of the Asian section, which they have been members of since 2006.

The Socceroos had to travel to all of Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Thailand, Syria, as well as a detour to Malaysia, and finally Honduras to ultimately secure their spot in Russia this summer.

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Socceroos head to Russia with a bounce in their step

Despite having to go through two unwanted playoff rounds to secure their place in Russia this summer, Australia fans can have high hopes going into group stage action.

The Socceroos feared the worst after they were placed in pot 4 for the group stage draw but they will fancy their chances of matching their best ever performance in 2006 when they reached the round of 16 following the draw. Pitted against France, Peru and Denmark in Group C, Bert van Marwijk’s men will have their sights firmly set on progression to the last 16 and beyond.

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Can Australia negotiate tough 2018 World Cup group?

Australia became the 31st country to secure their spot at this summer's 2018 World Cup in Russia when they overcame Honduras 3-1 in their intercontinental play-off tie.

That victory also saw them finish as the Asia best third-placed nation and cement their position on Russian territory, where they have now been thrust into a tough and testing group stage. Within a challenging Group C, the Aussies are set to compete against three solid sides, as they prepare to do battle with all of Euro 2016's hosts and finalists France, South American outfit Peru and European contenders Denmark.

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Socceroos Must Improve on Confed Cup Displays

Australia may have failed to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup but Ange Postecoglu's side can hold their heads high following their unexpected 1-1 draw with Chile.

They may feel a little disappointed however with their failure to pick up more points from their opening two contests against Germany and Cameroon. Their next major assignment is a crucial match-up with Japan at the end of August and lessons must be learnt from this tournament.

There was plenty of encouragement in Australia's opening game against Germany. A 3-2 defeat against Joachim Low's side doesn't seem too bad and they provided plenty of nervous moments for the World Champions but this was far from a full strength German outfit!

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