- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand’s only professional football team, the Wellington Phoenix, has been granted a license extension which will allow it to play in Australia’s A-League for up to 10 years.

Football Federation Australia on Friday announced an agreement allowing the Phoenix an immediate four-year license extension with the propsect of two three-year extensions if it meets certain conditions.

Those requirements cover performance, attendances and the value of broadcast rights. The license extension also requires the approval of FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation to which Australia belongs, Oceania Football and New Zealand Football.

FFA chairman Steven Lowy said “garnering greater nationwide support was seen as critical, as were the benchmarks on crowds and payments to the A-League.”

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