Despite seeing stadium attendances rise by 40 per cent, and television views rise by a stunning 100 per cent, we see the A-League at a level that isn't comparable to the likes of the AFL and the Rugby League crowds that come out to see their respective teams play.

David Gallop, CEO of the FFA, had stated that "football will be Australia's number one sport"

That statement, or ambition is a bold one, and one that will take time to fulfil.

We currently enter the ninth season of the Hyundai A-League, and in the eighth season Sydney FC sealed the deal to bring in Juventus and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, and we saw Newcastle Jets bring in Emile Heskey from Aston Villa and Western Sydney Wanderers FC brought in legendary Japanese playmaker Shinji Ono. 

Yet the A-League did not become as prestigious as many imagined it would.

It still does poorly compared to the AFL average attendance, which stands at around 33,000 people, NRL which is around 22,000 people while the A-League sits at a low average of just about 12,000 people. Which is disappointing for a country that turned out to see their national heroes beat Uruguay in the penalty shootout which took us to our first World Cup. The standard of our national team as well, to scrape a 1-0 victory over Iraq to qualify for next year's World Cup - that is something to think about.

However, the A-League is a 30-year plan, where as NRL and AFL have already developed and are the two dominant sports, next to Cricket when it's in season, whilst football sits on the sidelines and takes the crowds that are interested in neither.

The fact that the NRL and AFL have developed as Australia's dominant sporting codes leaves little room for the A-League to develop, for now. With falling attendances in both codes of sport, this allows the A-League to make up ground and make the members permanent.

But why am I saying that it will take some time for the A-League to catch up with the likes of the AFL and the NRL?

Despite starting in a completely different season, the A-League does not get much coverage on free TV. Instead, pay TV must be used to view A-League games.

However the FFA and television broadcasters in Australia have taken a step in the right direction by making A-League games free to air, and available to ordinary Australians which should definitely see A-League interest increase dramatically.

But this step has come just now, and not five years ago. The Australian competition is slowly developing television interest, and the whole country's interest for football in general is down, which is completely understandable, seeing as the Socceroos have only qualified for the World Cup three times, in 2006, 2010 and now 2014.

The only time they have got past the group stage was in our first qualification phase in 2006, when Guus Hiddink was in charge. He led Australia to the round of 16 - only to lose out to Italy in rather controversial circumstances.

Yes, David Gallop and the FFA have indeed taken the football interest in Australia and boosted it, but it will take a long time for the interest to grow to the levels of that comparable to Rugby League and the Australian Football League (AFL).

Why else might it take some time?

If we look at the teams in the A-League, they're not that interesting to watch. Let's face it.

Ten teams in a league where the top six play it out for a minor premiership and a major premiership is nonsensical. Instead, why don't they have a playoff with four teams for one trophy. 

The English Championship has a league of 24, with six play off spots. That, logically makes more sense. The A-League should have more teams, and a promotion/demotion system, but since the league is so young, that can be forgotten about - for now.

A four-team playoff with one taking the trophy would be marvellous, and more interesting to watch.

With time, comes change, and the A-League will adequately adjust itself to make football well and truly one of the most popular sporting leagues in Australia - however drastic changes are required to make the league as prestigious as the MLS in America.

Along with the marquee signings like Del Piero and Heskey, the nation must gain interest in the national team - and to do that it needs to be successful. Then, by that time football may be seen by others and by Australians as one of their main sports.

The A-League is a 30-year plan - patience and perseverance is crucial in making it attractive for audiences domestically and internationally, as well as attracting players who want to come here and play because of the competition.

Overall the A-League has a lot of improving to do, and the time to start it is now.

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