2022 State Referee Conference agenda locked in by Football Queensland

Football Queensland has released the agenda for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be delivered online this Saturday, February 5. 

The conference will be free to access for all referees from all levels of the game across the state via a new interactive virtual platform. Login details will be supplied to all registered participants prior to the commencement of the conference.

In addition to acknowledging the achievements of the 2021 season including referee award winners, graduating Referee Academy members plus retiring and new FIFA Panel members from Queensland, the 2022 State Referee Conference will feature three main sessions.

Participants will be split into two breakout rooms for a Laws of the Game update delivered by special guest presenters and highly respected match officials Eddie Lennie and Renae Coghill.

Lennie, a Football Australia Hall of Fame member and FIFA Referee Instructor for Oceania, will deliver the Laws of the Game update for senior referees, while the session for junior referees will be delivered by Coghill, a member of the FIFA International Panel of Referees for seven years and elite coach for match officials in the Liberty A-League. 

Following this will be a referee wellbeing session, featuring guest presenters Ash Synnott, Managing Director of Officiating Collective and Diana Sheehan, Executive Director of Daly & Ritchie Consulting.

The third and final session will include important information for the 2022 season on team sheets, the referee pathway, Strategic Plan and more. 

Football Queensland requests that each attendee is to check in on arrival using the QR code embedded in each presentation. 

To register, you can do so here.

Full details of the sessions are below:

2022 State Referee Conference Agenda 

Session One: 9.30am – Welcome & Acknowledgements  

  • Housekeeping / Welcome to Country (MC) 
  • Acknowledgement of 2021 Referee Award winners 
  • Acknowledgement of 2021 Graduating Referee Academy 
  • Acknowledgement of Renae Coghill retirement 
  • Acknowledgement of Adam Kersey FIFA Badge 
  • Nathan Magill from Football Australia

Session Two: 10.00am – Laws of the Game Update by Football Australia (60 minutes) 

  • Junior Referee Update – Renae Coghill 
  • Senior Referee Update – Edward Lennie 

Session Three: 11.30am – Referee Wellbeing 

  • Part A: 11:30am: Professional Debriefing – Diana Sheehan (45 minutes) 
  • Part B: 12:15pm: Officiating Collective – Ash Synnott (45 minutes)  

Session Four: 1.30pm – Match Day Process 

  • FQ Team Sheet 
  • Pathway – Upgrades 
  • Code of Conduct / Expectations 
  • Strategic Plan and Structure 2022 
  • Response to Survey 

Session Five: 3.00pm – Closing Remarks (inc. door prize winners) 

Football NSW promote developmental opportunities in the Riverina region

Football NSW representatives have visited the Riverina regions of Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga and Griffith providing several developmental opportunities to participants, clubs and associations in the area.

During this three-day trip, over 200 local players between the ages of 9 and 13 attended player clinics, more than 30 participants underwent coaching education sessions and 25 coach and association representatives attended the club development workshops.

Club Changer, Football Australia’s club developmental program designed to support all community clubs with access to support specific to their club’s needs, was also involved throughout the club development sessions in Albury and Wodonga. Clubs from Football NSW and Football Victoria attended to learn more about the resources and support from Club Changer while also planning for long-term sustainability and success.

Female Development Officer at Football Wagga Wagga, Stacey Collins, was proud to see the amount of female representation during the club developmental sessions:

“It was brilliant to have many clubs in the room for the club development session and to discuss the development of female football with these clubs,” Collins said via Football NSW media release.

“The coach education session was also predominantly female coaches, which is great to see.”

Football NSW Regional Development Officer (Riverina), Daniel Lucas was impressed with the response throughout the three-day tour:

“This shows a thirst for coaches who are wanting to continue their development after recently completing their MiniRoos and Foundation of Football coaching courses earlier this year,” he added via Football NSW press release.

Football NSW is continuing with these coach and club development programs over the next few months where they will travel to regional Western and Southern regions of NSW.

Looking at the recent responses, Football NSW’s club and coach development workshops show there is a real desire to expand the game in regional areas of Australia. If we see a similar reaction in the Western and Southern regional areas of NSW, it proves there should be more overall support when it comes to football development all over the country no matter the area of the club.

Football Queensland unveil stadium at sport’s spiritual home

Football Queensland have officially released their vision for a dedicated stadium in Brisbane to be built at the sport’s spiritual home in Bowen Hills, according to Brisbane Times’ Cameron Atfield.

According to FQ’s plans, Perry Park would get its long awaited upgrade becoming a top rectangular stadium with the developments helping increase the capacity between 15,000 and 20,000.

Funding has not yet been secured and the estimated cost of the project will be “up to $200 million.”

The stadium plans to host teams from all levels such as the Brisbane Roar’s men’s and women’s teams, as well as community clubs in preparation for Queensland’s inevitable involvement in the National Second Tier. FQ suggested it can be multi-use so lower-drawing professional teams like cricket’s Brisbane Strikers and rugby’s Queensland Reds can use the facility.

On ‘The Subs Bench’ podcast months ago, Cavallucci spoke in length about the importance of using the historic Perry Park as their next big infrastructure project to enhance the ‘Home of Brisbane football.’

He stated that this upgrade was necessary for the sport to advance in the state and shed light on how it would affect all tiers of the football pyramid.

Cavallucci explained the importance of this stadium’s upgrade for the potential National Second Tier and expansion teams, with a second Brisbane professional team helping football boom in the state.

The plan to upgrade this stadium, whilst centred around football, also benefits the city and its other sports.

Perry Park’s location in the inner city makes it easy to commute to with the train station nearby as well as it being on major road infrastructure. It has all the suitable elements of a top stadium and intertwines with Brisbane’s sporting spine (Suncorp and Gabba).

Cavallucci also mentioned that a potential second Brisbane A-League team, in the event of an expansion past Auckland and Canberra, is only possible with the appropriate infrastructure and that this stadium upgrade will “mobilise a broader fanbase.”

In the wake of the Olympics in 2032, the government will be considering investing in upgrading their current facilities to accommodate the games, but more focus is on FQ’s rampant push to proactively prepare for the NST and a potential A-League expansion.

This news is really exciting for the state and will be vital for their involvement in the future of Australian football, with the city of Brisbane in particular dying for an elite football home.

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