The Wellington Phoenix have had an application for a 10-year licence extension in the A-League rejected by the FFA.
The Phoenix has the option of applying for a four-year license extension to the relevant football authorities, however, FFA CEO David Gallop said that a 10-year extension is not a possibility.
“FFA has carefully evaluated the role and contribution of the Wellington franchise in terms of game development, player pathway, commercial factors, broadcast rights and the long-term strategic outlook,” Gallop said.
“The application for a 10-year extension to the licence does not meet the requirements we see as fundamental to the future growth of the Hyundai A-League.”
Wellington's current license expires at the end of the 2015-16 A-League season.