Capital Football confirms Technical Director role

Capital Football has announced that Phil Booth is the new Technical Director of the state federation.

Booth has been with Capital Football since February 2015 as the Coach Development Manager, overseeing Community and Advanced Coaching Courses in the ACT and surrounding regions. He has been acting in the role of TD following the departure of Scott O’Donell in December 2021.

Booth is regarded as an AFC/FA A Licence coach with an extensive footballing resume in Australia and the UK spanning over 25 years. He has worked at several English Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Everton and Blackburn Rovers as a Youth Development Coach and Scout. More recently in Australia, he’s been the Head Skill Acquisition Trainer at Canberra United Academy.

Booth ahead of the Technical Director appointment:

“I have been in football for over 25 years and have seen growth in many areas, Canberra has a lot of potential and talent, we just need to harness it,” he said.

“We all need to pull in the right direction, from grassroots to high performance.

“I would like to thank Capital Football for this opportunity.”

Capital Football Chair of the Board, Fran Sankey:

“Phil is a key figure in the region’s football community, organising and facilitating numerous coach education courses. His dedication to developing players and coaches makes his appointment a very fitting reward for effort,” she said.

“Phil’s experience speaks for itself – coupled with his time spent across the Canberra footballing community, Phil has a keen insight to the growth and development of football in the region.”

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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