Australian Tyson Scott amongst the five candidates selected for the New AFC Scholarship scheme


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and CIES have joined forces to create a new scholarship scheme to generously offer five young professionals the chance to study on the International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, better known as the FIFA Master which is spread across three prestigious universities in Europe.
This scholarship scheme was successfully implemented for the first time this year and five lucky beneficiaries will start their FIFA Master 20th edition journey on 17th September at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, for a 3-month module on the Humanities of Sport at the university’s renowned International Centre for Sports History and Culture (Kevin Goco, Philippines; Rishab Kapur, India; Mahmoud Qaraqra, Palestine; Tyson Scott, Australia; Han Bits Yi, South Korea).

Australian Tyson Scott amongst the five candidates selected

In January, the class will then move to Italy to study Sports Management at Milan’s SDA Bocconi School of Management. Following the completion of this module, the class will finally transfer to Switzerland where they will be taught Sports Law at the University of Neuchâtel for the final module of the year.

The scholarships are part of the AFC’s commitment to enhance the capability of staff from the AFC’s Member Associations and were announced by the AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa at the 28th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur last October.

Shaikh Salman said: “The AFC is determined to raise standards in the game across Asia and that includes those who work so tirelessly off the field as well as those who compete on the pitch. Not only does Asia require outstanding players in the future but we also have a duty to deliver top class administrators.”

CIES is delighted to have joined forces with the AFC and as explained by CIES Director, Professor Denis Oswald, this new scholarship scheme “will ensure that more candidates will be able to participate in our programme which is excellent news as, sometimes, very good candidates cannot take the course because they are not in a position to fund their participation.”

The fruitful co-operation is set to continue as the AFC recently announced that five new scholarships will again be offered to Asian football staff keen to take part in the 21st edition of the Master.

The application process for the 21st edition (2020-2021) will open on October 1st, 2019 and will close in mid-January 2020.

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South Melbourne sign record agreement with CF Capital

National Premier Leagues Victoria side South Melbourne FC have announced CF Capital as a Major Principal Partner for the next two years.

The six-figure sponsorship agreement is the largest single sponsorship in the history of the side. The partnership is a vote of confidence in South Melbourne FC both on and off the football pitch.

The news comes at a significant time particularly with Football Australia setting a placeholder for a prospective national second division in the 2022-23 Domestic Football Calendar.

CF Capital is one of the leading funds management firms in Australia with expertise in a range of asset classes including real estate development, equity, investment and credit.

CF Capital joins a group of high calibre club sponsors from the finance and investment industries and will leverage the relationship with South Melbourne FC to further develop their network.

Investment Director Paul Chiodo together with his leadership team represented CF Capital at the 2022 Jersey Night where they provided further direct support for South Melbourne’s Men’s, Women’s, Blind and Powerchair teams.

South Melbourne FC President Nicholas Maikousis welcomed CF Capital to the club saying in a statement released by South Melbourne FC:

“I’m proud to have Paul Chiodo and CF Capital join South Melbourne FC as the clubs Major Principal Partner. Their commitment represents the largest sponsorship in the history of the club. The six-figure annual agreement represents trust in the South Melbourne brand, its values and its approach to aspirational success and achievement. Paul and his leadership team have been impressed with our community diversity and engagement. They have pledged to directly support our All Abilities Programs.”

South Melbourne FC members and supporters will become familiar with the CF Capital brand around Lakeside Stadium, with signage featuring the logo prominently for the livestream audience in front of the Clarendon Corner. As the side’s Major Principal Partner, CF Capital will also be involved in corporate events and functions.

Semi-automated VAR to be implemented at Qatar World Cup

2022 World Cup

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA has announced that it will utilise semi-automated VAR offside technology at the tournament.

As confirmed by head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina following trials at the Arab Cup and Club World Cup, the move to introduce further advancements in the VAR process for this year’s showpiece tournament has been ongoing over the past few months.

The fresh processes – which can cut VAR decision-making from 70 seconds to 25 seconds – are set to be implemented in the Gulf State in November.

Collina, a former World Cup final referee when he took charge of Brazil’s win over Germany at Korea/Japan 2002, says the time is now to bring in semi-automated technology, which will further enhance decision-making.

“We are very positive. It is ready,” he said in a statement.

“I read about robot referees. I understand this is very good for headlines, but it is not the case.

“The match officials are still involved in the decision-making process. The semi-automated technology only gives an answer when a player is in an offside position when they play the ball.

“The assessment of interfering with an opponent and seeing if a handball or foul was committed remains at the discretion of the referee. Our goal is to get referees taking decisions correctly on the field.

“If something wrong should happen, the referee may take advantage of the technology to get a better vision of what happened – but there will still be room for discussion.”

Semi-automated technology will make use of in-ball sensors, dedicated multi-tracking camera rigs and 29 rapid data points on players to help calculate exact positions.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup opens on November 21, with Senegal facing the Netherlands and England squaring off with Iran before the hosts play the official opening game against Ecuador.

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