Antonella Care elected as President in Football Victoria AGM

Football Victoria's first ever female President was announced at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, May 12.

Football Victoria’s first ever female President was announced at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on Wednesday, May 12.

The groundbreaking moment took place at Darebin International Sports Centre in front of a strong attendance including Members and Life Members from the Victorian football community, where Antonella Care was elected for Presidency unopposed. She has become the first female to be elected for the position in Football Victoria’s 137-year history and will serve a two-year term.

Care has been a Member of the Football Victoria Board since March 2016 and has over 20 years’ worth of corporate experience. She has proven to be a highly qualified professional, priding herself on a strong understanding on governance matters and having positive working relationships with many Local Government departments.

The democratic electoral process also saw the appointments of three Directors, who will each serve four-year terms. Their wealth of experience involves a range of unique skills that will bring fresh initiatives and ideas to Football Victoria.

Jo Bladen is an experienced commercial business and marketing professional mainly in the entertainment industry for The Walt Disney Company, Yianni Zaparas is a Partner of firm Zaparas Lawyers after spending time playing for a range of Victorian clubs in his junior days, while Steve Forbes has had an extensive career in technology, product development, marketing and strategy, in a career spanning 15 years.

Once the electoral results were confirmed, Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros spoke to the audience summarising the year just gone and targets for the future. He presented the 2020 report and went through the organisation’s key strategic goals for 2021 and 2022.

Taliadoros was followed by Matthew Green, Senior Executive Manager Business Operations – he read out a financial summary.

The impacts of COVID-19 ultimately took their toll, but Taliadoros and Green were equally confident for the future, signalling that stability is starting to return for Football Victoria and the wider community across the state.

Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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