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Secure your ticket | Community in Business End of Season Luncheon

Legendary Socceroo John Aloisi will share his football story in “The Changeroom” at the FV Community in Business End of Season luncheon.

One of Australia’s most experienced and recognised footballers, legendary Socceroo John Aloisi has played, coached and covered the game for over 25 years. As the man who secured Australia’s place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup after slotting through the winning penalty shot against Uruguay, Aloisi will forever be celebrated as a sporting icon.

Aloisi is the only Australian to possess the impressive achievement of playing in the English, Italian and Spanish Leagues. There is no Australian footballer past or present with the football pedigree of Aloisi.

In a playing career spanning three decades, Aloisi quickly made his mark on Australian football, debuting for Adelaide City at the age of 15. At the age of just 16 he made the move to Belgian side Standard Liege, thus beginning a long and illustrious European career, playing at a number of big clubs Including Portsmouth and Coventry City in the English Premier League and Osasuna and Alaves in Spain’s La Liga.

Returning to Australia in 2007, Aloisi joined Central Coast Mariners and then moved to Sydney FC, helping the club to the 2009-10 A-League Premiers Plate-Championship double. A move to Melbourne Heart followed, with Aloisi giving the club great service on and off the pitch in his time there as a player, then Youth Team Coach, before taking the reins of the A-League side for two seasons. He later joined Melbourne Victory Youth as an Assistant Coach before joining Brisbane Roar as their longest service Head Coach.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Aloisi’s football story!

Stay tuned for further announcements on guest speakers and entertainment.

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Football Victoria’s Community In Business End of Season Luncheon – #LiveLoveFootball
Friday 25th October 2019
Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields
Individual tickets: $198 inc GST
Table of 10: $1900 inc GST

AusPlay survey reveals most active states and territories

Sport Australia’s latest AusPlay survey has shed some light on how people engage with sport and physical activity across the country, with the Australian Capital Territory posting some impressive results.

It was found that the ACT had the most active adults and during the course of 2018/19, 87.8 per cent of those from Canberra aged 15 or over participated in sport or physical activity at least once a week, which is more than the national rate of 82.3 per cent.

Of the Canberran adults that engaged in physical activity, more than two-thirds of those (69.1 per cent) participated at least three times a week.

Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer spoke about AusPlay as the survey which is completed by 20,000 Australians each year.

“The latest AusPlay results show that almost 13 million Australians (62.9 per cent) aged 15 or over participate in sport or physical activity at least three times a week. Almost 60 per cent of Australian children are active at least once a week in organised activities outside school,” she said.

“We want to see that increase because we know the physical, mental and social benefits that being active provides.

“Sport Australia’s national Find Your 30 campaign encourages all Australians to get active for at least 30 minutes every day. Of course, the recommended activity levels for children are one hour a day, so that may be 30 minutes at school and 30 minutes at home.

“The Find Your 30 campaign is complemented by a suite of programs that encourages everyone to be active for life, from children to older Australians.

“The Australian Government’s national sport plan, Sport 2030, has set a long term goal for Australia to become the world’s most active and healthy nation. We have accomplished a lot so far, but there is far more to do if we are to continue to get Australia moving and achieve our vision.

“Sport Australia works hand in glove with sporting organisations and physical activity providers across the country to drive participation. No matter what state or territory you live in, there are endless options to be active. The key is finding something that you enjoy.”

On a broader scale, Victoria has the highest proportion of tennis players, New South Wales in swimming, Northern Territory in yoga, South Australia in netball, Western Australia in hockey, Tasmania in recreational walking, Queensland in rugby league and the ACT in football – showcasing the wide variety of sports people love.

AusPlay reveal that recreational walking continues to be the most popular activity across the nation, with almost nine million Australian adults taking part.

For more information about the survey results, you can find it here: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/media_centre/news/australias-most-active-states-and-territories-revealed

Equal pay for Matildas a win for the women’s game

In an announcement by Football federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been reached which will close the pay gap between the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.

It’s a new CBA that will last for the next four years which sees the Australian men’s and women’s national teams receive the same pay from revenues generated and progress in the FIFA World Cup – a massive win for current and aspiring Matildas.

As part of the four-year CBA, they will receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of National Team Generated Revenues in 2019/20, rising by 1% each year.

Within the 24%, all players will contribute 5% of the National Team Generated Revenue towards Australian Youth National Teams, which guarantees some form of investment for future generations of the Socceroos and Matildas.

This new agreement addresses gender equity in the game and will be the way forward to reward all players equally.

The Matildas will now have a three-tiered centralised contract system which recognises the country’s finest women’s players – Tier 1 Matildas will earn the same amount as the top Socceroos.

The new CBA has also allocated more World Cup prize money as an incentive for progressing throughout the tournament.

Players are now entitled to 40% of prize money when qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, going up from 30%. Should they make it to the Knockout Stages, that share of prize money increases to 50%.

The player share of AFC Asian Cup prize money will increase from 30% to 33%. If they go all the way to the AFC Asian Cup Final, the prize money share increases to 40%.

The new CBA has been announced to cover the next World Cup cycle for both the Caltex Socceroos and the Westfield Matildas.

FFA Chairman Chris Nikou spoke about the landmark agreement:

“Football is the game for everyone, and this new CBA is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity,” he said.

“For the first time, player remuneration will be directly tied to the revenues generated by our National Teams – this will create a sustainable financial model that incentivises players and FFA to collaborate and grow the commercial pie together.

“This is truly a unique agreement. Every national team, from the Socceroos and Matildas, down to the Youth National Teams as well as the Cerebral Palsy National Teams have been contemplated in this new CBA.

“With this CBA, the next generation of aspiring Australian kids can see a pathway that offers a sustainable career, a chance to be an Olympian, and the lure of playing at a FIFA World Cup – regardless of your gender. It means whether you are a male or female, the value football places on your jersey is no different. We are proud to break this new ground in Australian and world sport.”

For more information about the CBA, you can find it here: https://www.ffa.com.au/news/historic-cba-close-footballs-gender-pay-gap

Football in the mix for Queensland Sport Awards

Football will be featured in various categories at the 2019 Queensland Sport Awards, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 30.

Chris Beath, Warren Moon and NPL Queensland side Lions FC have all been nominated as finalists for awards at this year’s event. The nominations are based on their achievements between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.

FFA referee Chris Beath has been recognised in the Officiator of the Year category after an excellent year. Beath was selected to officiate in this year’s AFC Asian Cup in January, as well as the AFC Champions League, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

NPL Queensland coach Warren Moon has been named as a finalist in the Coach of the Year category. His team, Lions FC, were also nominated for the Team of the Year award.

Lions FC had an extremely successful 2019 season, securing their second consecutive NPL Queensland title after only losing two games in the regular season. They recorded the best attacking and defensive record in the competition.

With Moon at the helm, Lions FC qualified for back-to-back NPL Finals Series Grand Finals in 2019.

This year’s event will be the 25th annual Queensland Sport Awards.

Full details of the list of finalists for the Queensland Sport Awards can be found here.

 

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