Western Sydney's Asian Champions League campaign is effectively over after a 6-1 shellacking at the hands of Urawa Red Diamonds, their biggest loss in Asia.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has implored A-League coaches to follow his lead and put more faith in Australia's youth, or risk leaving genuine talent to rot.
UPDATED: A prominent South Australian judge has been seconded to help solve the impasse between Football Federation Australia and disenchanted A-League fans - a move Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin believes could be a catalyst for broader reform in Australian soccer.
Football Federation Australia have fined Western Sydney $50,000 and imposed a suspended three-point A-League deduction as punishment for the misbehaviour of fans who lit flares during last weekend's match against Melbourne Victory.
They're in desperate need of a lift, but Central Coast coach Tony Walmsley has conceded the A-League club's poor financial situation has stopped them actively joining the January transfer window recruitment drive.
The Tim Cahill show has travelled to Bangladesh, with the Socceroos talisman netting a first-half hat-trick in Australia's 4-0 World Cup qualifier win in Dhaka.