Where does Western United sit one week away from round one?

Western United has had a big couple of weeks.

They’ve signed Melbourne Victory hero turned nemesis Besart Berisha and they’ve also named a new CEO, Chris Pehlivanis.

But is all the noise surrounding the newcomers to the A-League blocking out what’s happening behind the scenes?

According to a statistic on Twitter, Western United’s membership numbers are extremely low, lower than what most would’ve hoped.

Understandably, as a new team you need time to establish yourself in the competition before you catch up with the rest of the sides.

But for a team based in Melbourne to have such a low membership rate, it’s quite alarming.

With the accumulated total of City and Victory fans larger than that of Sydney FC and the Wanderers, you would think more fans would be getting on board.

Especially those who may not have teams in the A-League at the time of writing this.

The AFL, despite being played during the winter, offers strong competition to the Melbourne based sides. The Big Bash League is also a popular competition amongst children and family during the summertime.

The A-League has certainly made the right move in introducing new sides to the competition. There’s still a week until the season gets underway and the above membership numbers were released on the 24th of September. So the situation, hopefully, could have changed since then.

So hopefully, we can see some more members donning the green and black in their first season, especially with the massive news that Berisha has returned to the A-League.

‘Bes’ and United will be tough opposition for any side this season, given their performances in pre-season have been more than admirable.

But come round one, it’d be nice to see large flocks of fans cheering on the troops from Truganina.


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.


Indigenous Football Week to help aspiring coaches

The Moriarty Foundation is currently holding the annual Indigenous Football Week, which began on November 2nd and concludes on November 10th.

The fourth edition in 2019 is themed “Ground up – developing Indigenous coaches” and is an initiative to help all the aspiring coaches out there.

John Moriarty is the key member of the foundation that is partnered with Football Federation Australia (FFA), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), SBS, NITV, and FOX Sports.

Moriarty was the first Indigenous footballer to be capped for Australia and spoke about the importance of the week.

“Indigenous Football Week  provides a perfect opportunity for the football community to come together to promote the importance of holistic training, including health, nutrition, and wellbeing; arming our coaches with knowledge and knowhow that they can apply daily back in our communities,” he said.

With assistance from the Morrison Government, John Moriarty Football has been allocated funding to go towards expanding the Northern Territory pilot which reaches out to multiple communities across New South Wales and Queensland over the next three years.

The expansion started in both states in July and the aim of this year’s Indigenous Football Week is to mentor and upskill local community coaches during specialised coaching sessions in Sydney.

It will be a joint collaboration with Football NSW and FFA and features contributions from Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners.

International sports psychologist Dr. Noel Blundell will support the Moriarty Foundation during the week and will host a program related to the key emotional intensity levels of players. He has worked closely with 23 World and Olympic Champions to maximise their talents, across his 30-year career.

“It is exciting to be a part of Indigenous Football Week, to assist the Moriarty Foundation coaches so that they may pass on these vital skills to their teams and communities,” he said.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop also spoke as one of the major partners for John Moriarty Football.

“FFA has been a supporter of John Moriarty Football for several years now and are thrilled to once again be involved in the JMF Indigenous Football Week. This week is a showcase of the positive work done throughout the year in creating awareness and opportunities for indigenous footballers, coaches and administrators across the country.”

The launch of Indigenous Football Week will be formerly celebrated at Valentine Sports Park in Sydney on Tuesday, November 5th.

Image source and more information can be found here: https://www.ffa.com.au/news/indigenous-football-week-kicks

© 2019 Soccerscene Industry News. All Rights reserved.

Most Popular Topics

Editor Picks