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AFC announce five countries in race to host 2027 Asian Cup
The Asian Football Confederation last week announced the five bidders in the running to host the 2027 Asian Cup.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Iran and Uzbekistan are the listed countries who have expressed their interest in hosting the continental tournament in 2027.
The AFC intends to make a decision on the host of the 2027 Asian Cup by next year, after assessing each bid proposal in the coming months.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, said: “The AFC Asian Cup is the pinnacle stage for Asia’s finest and the record breaking and biggest-ever edition in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 laid the foundations for Asian football to strengthen this legacy and we have no doubts that China PR will not only match but also surpass all our expectations in 2023.
“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to thank all our Member Associations for stepping forward to express their desire and for sharing our ambitions to host a world-class stage for our players, teams, officials and fans and I wish all of them the very best in the bidding process,” he concluded.
Reigning champions Qatar and Iran have both hosted the tournament twice before.
Iran are the only nation in Asian football to have won the competition on home soil twice, in 1968 and 1976 respectively.
Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup, hosted the Asian Cup in 1988 and 2011.
Saudi Arabia, India and Uzbekistan are all vying to host the Asian Cup for the first time.
The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.
This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.
Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:
Community Facilities – up to $300,000
Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
Planning – up to $40,000
Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.
For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.
Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.
For full information and resources, you can view those here.
Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.
This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.
Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.
It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.
For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.
They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.
FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.
“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.
“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.
“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”
Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.
“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.
“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.
“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”
There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.