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) 

Robert Cavallucci on FQ’s involvement in NST bidding process

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci recently featured on an episode of The Subs Bench podcast to discuss multiple issues in the Queensland football space.

One of the more hotly debated topics were the allegations and rumours swirling on social media regarding Football Queensland’s involvement in the National Second Tier bidding process.

On The Sub’s Bench podcast, Cavallucci strongly defended against these claims that Football Queensland were roadblocking clubs from putting a final bid in and doubled down on the body’s support for the state’s NPL clubs who intend to join.

Cavallucci spoke specifically about how the process of selecting clubs for the National Second Tier would work.

“As the governing body that process of choosing clubs needs to be independent process of selection criteria and run by Football Australia. We’re not going to come out and publicly pick winners, or one bid over another bid or one endorsement over another,” he said on The Subs Bench podcast.

The allegations against Football Queensland online suggested the body worked against clubs that applied for the NST, but Cavallucci was quick to shut that notion down.

“Certain negative sentiments were being deliberately disseminated and that happens in these circumstances. If the clubs bid was deficient in some capacity and the likelihood of success was low, the easiest way to defer responsibility is to put it onto the third party,” he said.

“The easy victim in this case is the governing body. It’s their fault our bid didn’t stack up, it’s their fault that we’re deficient in these areas.”

Football Queensland throughout the process remained fully supportive of the new competition but understood it was likely not the right time for specific clubs in the state to be involved as soon as 2025. Cavallucci mentioned working with other bodies to try and find a solution for these NPL clubs to get involved.

“None of that is true. We absolutely supported clubs where we were asked to in certain ways. I spoke regularly to many of the presidents involved to provide support to them and they would ask us questions, proactively engage with Football Australia,” he said.

“We were enormously active in the assembly of the National Second Tier model, we were in working groups with Football Australia for two years leading up to it.”

There were six applicant clubs progressed to the National Second Tier Request for Proposal phase, however, ultimately four NPL Queensland clubs withdrew making public and private statements regarding their decisions and they demonstrated patience. The four clubs cited a preference to wait for a more mature NST final model.

NPL Queensland have clubs that certainly can garner the financial strength through amazing peer support and critical revenue streams. They have clubs with insanely rich histories in this country that deserve to be playing at the highest possible level.

There has been very little discussion as to whether Football Australia will cast the net wider and expand on the 8-team league it currently is however it gives the six Queensland clubs some time to sort out financials and launch an improved bid.

10-year milestone of Australia Cup achieved with ongoing benefits for semi-professionals

The Australia Cup is the nation’s premier knockout cup competition which has reached its 10th year of existence.

The competition was founded as the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Cup and has been won by five different clubs, with nine unique sides appearing in its respective finals down the years.

Knockout cup football before the reintroduction of it was something which remained an unappreciated element of Australian football with the first attempt of sustaining a competition occurring back in the 1960s with the Australia Cup – the first and only national club knockout competition which was held from 1962 until 1968.

The FFA Cup was ultimately renamed to the Australia Cup in 2022, suiting as a more fitting title for what has become an important piece of silverware within Australian football.

The competition has contributed immensely to the sport in a variety of aspects. Semi-professional clubs across the country have the opportunity to compete against the nation’s best upon their entry in the round of 32, providing spectators with the possibility of witnessing a David and Goliath like matchup. The ‘cupsets’ provide a sense of urgent, frantic football in which fans are jubilant to receive.

Those at the business end of the competition are recipients of prize money, with the winners claiming a cheque worth $131,000. As of 2021, competition winners are placed into continental football play-offs within Asia. Due to the consistent restructure of Asian continental club football, winners of the Australia Cup from 2021 were eligible to qualify for the Asian Champions League via a playoff position, in 2022 the AFC Cup playoffs were up for grabs, with the latter to be changed to the third instalment of Asian football being the newly founded tournament, the AFC Champions League 2.

10 years of cup magic within Australian football has complimented the competitiveness across the sport. The mind races back to all the ‘cupsets’ witnessed throughout the years including the notorious Green Gully victory over the Central Coast Mariners in 2015 where Liam Boland scored from his own half. Not to mention in more recent history, in the cup run Sydney United 58 had gone on.

For lower-ranked clubs across the nation to have the opportunity to compete with professional established clubs has not only provided fans with nostalgic moments, but has opened the another gateway into competing across the continent. The Cup has established itself amongst a trophy of significance in that has also acted as an attraction for international marquee players to venture to Australia from overseas, knowing there’s now three different titles within the sport they can compete for.

The more frequency of football – combined with the magic of the cup – will only serve to open more financial and beneficial opportunities within the sport across the nation.

Based upon its first decade, it’s safe to say its presence has been palpable.

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