Canada Soccer Association announces Earl Cochrane as General Secretary

Canada Soccer

The Canadian Soccer Association has announced Earl Cochrane as its new General Secretary, effective immediately.

The appointment of Cochrane comes after an extensive global recruitment process aimed at choosing a candidate with the knowledge, passion and experience to lead Canada Soccer into the future.

With over 30 years of experience within the sport on and off the pitch, Cochrane brings the experience to build on the momentum and match the excitement and continued rise in popularity of soccer in Canada. Cochrane has also been serving as the Acting General Secretary for Canada Soccer since January 2022.

“I am delighted to welcome Earl Cochrane as our new General Secretary,” Canada Soccer President Nick Bontis said in a statement released by the association.

“His experience on and off the pitch across all levels of the game will be a huge asset for Canada Soccer. From our Women’s National Team winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic Games and qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, to our Men’s National Team qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, and the immense excitement soccer is receiving, the coming months and years will be pivotal for the growth of the game across Canada. I look forward to working with Earl to capitalise on this remarkable moment in Canadian soccer history.”

Cochrane brings a wealth of knowledge about the global game of soccer as well as its development in Canada and has held key roles that have been integral to its growth and success. With over 20 years of domestic and international experience working with leading sport organisations such as MLSE, FIFA, Concacaf, and of course, Canada Soccer – as well as MLS clubs Toronto FC and D.C. United – Cochrane is well prepared to lead the organisation into the future. His knowledge of the business of soccer will be important to support our vision of leading Canada to victory and Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer.

As General Secretary, Cochrane will be the operational leader of Canada Soccer and will work closely with the President, Vice President, and the Board of Directors, and in consultation with its members and key stakeholders to ensure Canada Soccer is a strong, integrated organisation driven by a focused and shared vision.

In his role as the leader of Canada Soccer’s staff across the country, he will also be integral in the organisation’s support of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s preparations for its first FIFA World Cup berth in 36 years at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Women’s National Team’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, as well as ensuring the organisation is well positioned as it prepares to co-host the FIFA World Cup 2026 in partnership with Mexico and USA.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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