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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.