League, union and Aussie rules look out – football is coming
RUGBY league, rugby union and Aussie rules look out - football is coming.
That's the view of astute Ipswich football coach Ian Carson having been in Sydney when Australia secured its World Cup spot for Rio.
Carson noticed how many of the fans were not regular football followers, highlighting the interest the Socceroos created in rugby league heartland.
"What a great boost for the game,'' he said.
"What it means is that Football Australia now just have to get behind the whole effort and not drop the ball. Promote the game.
"You see 80,000 people there and you could tell a lot of these people were rugby league supporters.
"There is a big soccer following in Sydney but there was a lot of people around us that had no idea what was going on. They were in for the party.''
Carson, who watched the game with his sons Jacob and Nicholas, said if Football Australia harnessed that support, they could add significant value to the sport.
"Jacob was cheering and singing," Carson said.
"Right at the end, the big smile on Nicholas' face said it all. He was more absorbed in the game whereas Jacob was more absorbed in the atmosphere."
Will Australia's World Cup qualification give football a boost, especially with the ongoing behaviour problems and controversies in rugby league, AFL and rugby?
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