Crestfallen Central Coast coach Graham Arnold has bemoaned an extended off-season which will allow mental scars of his troops to fester.
Code rivals AFL and NRL weren't about to dance on Australian soccer's World Cup grave on Friday but they weren't shedding tears either.
Brisbane's German playmaker Thomas Broich is staking his claim as the A-League's best import.
Billionaire owner Clive Palmer refuses to budge on his controversial plan to cap Gold Coast United crowds at 5,000 and denies his besieged club is in crisis.
Tasmanian officials reckon their A-League bid has the edge over rival syndicates as it makes for a genuine national competition.