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High Fives for Hampton Park United Sparrows

On Monday, Football Victoria announced that community club Hampton Park United Sparrows had been awarded a 5-star club rating by Football Federation Australia.

These ratings were implemented with the objective of improving upon soccer at the community level both on and off the park, something that is vital to the success of the sport in Australia.

The Sparrows, based out of Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs is purely volunteer-run and on their website, they talk about just how important they see the sport at this particular level.

On their about page, they say this:

“Our efforts are aimed at ensuring that we deliver an environment that is inclusive, fun, educational and competitive in scope.”

They clearly share the core values needed for clubs to succeed at the community level and they have been justly rewarded for their hard work and commitment.

FV’s full statement on the awarding of this 5-star rating can be found below:

Hampton Park United Sparrows FC is the first Victorian club to be accredited with the prestigious 5-star club rating by Football Federal Australia.

The FFA recently launched its National Club Development Program (NCDP) to assist administrators at grassroots football clubs.

Designed in collaboration with the nine member federations and a number of associations, zones and clubs, the NCDP provides a model for community-based football clubs to maintain and enhance standards for the benefit of all members.

The NCDP framework was built on the overwhelming success of Football Victoria’s Club Ambassador Program, which saw 95% of 350 clubs participate across the state.

FV congratulates Hampton Park United Sparrows FC for this outstanding achievement.

Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The new $22 million Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide competitive Victorian Government investment program that provides a range of grant opportunities across five funding streams.

Kate Jacewicz announced as AFF Referee of the Year (Women)

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Leading Australian referee Kate Jacewicz has been honoured by being named the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Referee of the Year for women.

It was announced recently at the gala AFF Awards held at Hanoi in Vietnam.

Jacewicz received this award off the back of another tremendous year with the whistle, including officiating her ninth Westfield W-League Grand FInal in February 2019 between Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

Jacewicz has been recognised as the W-League referee of the year seven times and part of the 75 match officials around the world who refereed at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

It’s added to her impressive list of career achievements which also includes her making history by becoming the first female to occupy a spot on the A-League Referees Panel, helping out with both A-League and W-League matches.

In a statement by Football Federation Australia and chair of FFA Referees committee Chris Nikou, they congratulated Jacewicz on her significant achievement and her professionalism she continually shows.

“Kate is one of the world’s finest referees and thoroughly deserves this award. Whatever the game, whatever the level, she is a model of consistency and class,” Nikou said.

“Her work on the pitch is a reminder to us all just how vital referees are to the lifeblood and well-being of our game.”

Source: https://www.ffa.com.au/news/kate-jacewicz-named-aff-referee-year-women

South Australia back 2023 Women’s World Cup dream

The South Australian government have confirmed they will support Australia’s quest to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

In the process, South Australia have become the third state, alongside NSW and Queensland, to wholeheartedly get behind Australia’s bid.

The Matildas played in their first match in Adelaide since 2006 last night, defeating Chile 1-0 in front of 10,342 fans.

The crowd figure was the largest ever attendance for a women’s football international in the City of Churches.

Emily Gielnik scored the only goal for the Matildas, with superstar Sam Kerr having her penalty saved just before half time.

If Australia wins the hosting rights to the 2023 tournament, Adelaide will host games at the boutique Hindmarsh Stadium.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall claimed the State Government was ready and excited about the prospect of bringing the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a massive event to add to our sporting calendar, and Adelaide will be a fantastic location for the competition,” said Premier Marshall on Tuesday.

“The Matildas are a shining example of Australian sporting prowess and hosting the World Cup will allow them to showcase their skills on the biggest stage in their own backyard.”

Outgoing FFA CEO David Gallop said he was delighted that South Australia had agreed to support the bid, after initial reluctance.

“The announcement today is a tremendous boost to our hopes of hosting the tournament in 2023. We are thrilled that South Australia have committed to be part of the bid, which will be stronger for their participation.

“It shows just how popular the Matildas are, and I’m sure the South Australian public will be absolutely delighted that Premier Marshall shares our vision and will bring matches to Adelaide should we be successful in our bid,” Gallop added.

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