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FFA chairman Steven Lowy was absent from Thursdays talks.

Should that be the case, FFA has pledged to push ahead with expansion plans and take preliminary steps towards a new corporate framework for the A-League and W-League -- yet another contentious issue.

The association representing the National Premier League was also there, though special interest groups including coaches, referees, women and ns were not.

What did become clear this week is that FFA is not in control of the reform process, not least because of FIFAs believed willingness to have an independent chairperson run the working group.

While its understood FIFA gave little away, parties left the meeting with the impression the world governing body would act swiftly to set up the congress review working group -- its softer alternative to sacking Lowy and his board.

They will return to Zurich before stipulating a timeline, composition and mandate for a working group to finally resolve the Australian games long-standing impasse on who should get a voice on an expanded congress -- the body which elects the FFA board.

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Representatives from the A-League clubs, state federations and players union, along with two FFA board members, were present at FFA headquarters on Thursday to reiterate their positions.

Officials from FIFA and the AFC have heard the wishes and grievances of Australian football stakeholders and will move quickly to set down a road map for governance reform.

FFA confirmed Lowy was absent from Thursdays gathering so he could attend the presentation of Westfields annual results.

Some fear the protracted saga could yet stretch out as r as Novembers annual general meeting.

Greg Griffin, chairman of the A-League clubs umbrella body the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association, described the exchanges as refreshingly cordial, a stark contrast to past acrimony.

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Having heard from all vested parties over the course of three days, the three-man delegation wrapped up Thursdays joint meeting more than three hours early.

FIFA exits Australia after refreshingly cordial talks

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