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5G network driving the future of sporting events

With greater internet speeds, the possibilities are endless as 5G connections roll out around the world.

The evolution of mobile phones has helped shape 5G offering greater reliability and fast service – with the step up from 4G.

What does this mean for soccer clubs? More ways to promote their content and in turn give the fans what they crave.

In an ever-growing population and greater need for internet usage, it’s important to understand what 5G is capable of. Basically, it reduces the likelihood of slower internet speeds when the vast majority of people are online.

When fans go to watch a game, they must have live and uninterrupted data. It’s a frustrating feeling when you want the information but can’t get it right away or even at all.

The 5G network is a powerful resource, able to cater for the thousands of fans who turn up every week. As for the future, 5G is designed to keep up with the demand for people’s needs, but also allows clubs to venture into areas they haven’t been before.

As everyone is equipped with a smartphone, apps have become extremely important. 5G technology can assist supporters from finding their seat to checking out all the latest stats – it is designed to respond without delay. The improvements achieved from 5G should be clear for everyone to see.

In this day and age, people want the very best content but also in an efficient time frame. The days of waiting too long will be soon forgotten

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Football Queensland’s 2022 State Referee Conference announced

Football Queensland has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Football Queensland (FQ) has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 next year. 

In a two-day event, the conference will welcome a variety of referees covering all levels of the game, and will feature an Assessor Seminar as a main focus for the second day.

“Football Queensland is delighted to invite match officials from across the state to join us for the upcoming State Referee Conference, which is always a highlight of the football calendar for all Queensland referees,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said. 

“Regardless of whether you’re just starting out on your refereeing journey or an established match official in the NPL Queensland, the conference is a great development opportunity and a chance to socialise with the wider refereeing community. 

“The 2021 State Referee Conference saw referees from all levels of the game come together ahead of the season to hear from guest presenters including Football Australia Head of Referees Nathan Magill. 

“Next year’s event will follow a similar structure, with guest presenters joining us for sessions on day one before the Assessor Seminar on day two will welcome assessors and any referees who wish to mentor in 2022. 

“We look forward to seeing match officials from across Queensland join us for next year’s State Referee Conference ahead of the 2022 season.” 

Further information on guest speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Register for the 2022 State Referee Conference here. 

Football Queensland’s digital broadcast continues to grow

FQ

Football Queensland have continued to go from strength to strength in 2021 with more than 390,000 unique viewers confirmed to have tuned into 711 games broadcast live and on-demand.

The number of unique viewers increased by 180 percent in 2021 as fans flocked to FQ channels to engage with local football content.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci outlined the investment in broadcasting has generated enormous value to players, coaches and clubs throughout the state.

“We have seen huge growth in viewership of Queensland competitions, which creates fantastic visibility for our products,” Cavallucci said.

“FQ made a strategic decision to broadcast more women’s games in 2021 and we are pleased to have seen a 187 percent increase in viewership for the NPL Queensland Women’s competition.

“Players, coaches and clubs are all benefiting from FQ’s commitment to broadcasting games live and on-demand.

“High-quality broadcasts allow players to review their games and create highlights packages which can be used for identification purposes.

“We have also received great feedback from coaches who use the on-demand and highlights packages for match analysis.

“Clubs are also using the platform to advertise their sponsors which helps to grow the Queensland football economy.

“This year alone, FQ broadcast hundreds of games in the NPL and FQPL competitions as well as FFA Cup, Kappa Women’s Super Cup, F-League, community tournaments and exhibition games.

“These competitions were boosted by live calls from our fantastic team of commentators. One of these commentators, Campbell Johnson, has since been recruited to call A-Leagues games for Paramount+.

“We will continue to create value for the Queensland football community by boosting the visibility of talented individuals working in our pathways.”

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