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SYDNEY (AP) — A preliminary deal has been reached for the A-League to be run independently of Football Federation Australia, ending a lengthy fight for control between club owners and the national body for the sport.

A report of the New Leagues Working Group, set up in October to consider future governance of football in Australia, decided control of the A-League, women’s W-League and youth league should be run by its operating clubs from next season.

It means a new body, with an independent chairman, will take on the responsibility of running the professional game, bringing Australian football in line with major European competitions such as the English Premier League, which are governed in

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