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FC Football Kit delivering apparel and flexibility to COVID19-hit football clubs

Former National Premier Leagues Victoria player Michael Eagar is at the forefront of FC Football Kit’s mission to deliver quality apparel in tandem with flexible terms to football clubs in Australia.

A game-changing offer from FC Football Kit means grassroots football clubs can continue to provide their members outstanding apparel and football kit in the post-COVID19 world.

FC Football Kit is offering six-month, interest-free payment terms to football clubs who sign up with the apparel company in 2021.

The interest-free terms will be well received by clubs looking for more flexible arrangements with apparel suppliers with a shortfall in funds expected for many grassroots clubs as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

A relatively new name in the Australian football scene, FC Football Kit arrives in Australia courtesy of National Premier Leagues Victoria mainstay, Michael Eagar. An NPLV champion with South Melbourne, Eagar is the Managing Director of FC Football Kit having helped bring the company to Australia from his native New Zealand.

“We think the interest-free offer is a very exciting offer; it’s exciting for clubs across Australia who have had their challenges over the past 12 months and now have a solution that can assist them and their members with a positive outlook,” he said. “

“We are football people, so we know what it’s like to be involved with clubs and what’s important to them across all stakeholders. We want to do everything we can to be a successful business partner, and assist them in any way we can. We know that timing of cash flow can be an issue, so we want to extend a helping hand and play our part in the recovery and stability of football clubs here in Australia post-COVID.

“To reinforce our company view and values, we believe this is a great statement that shows we really want to partner and assist clubs while building a long-term future with them here in Australia.”

Clubs in Victoria have been particularly hard hit with the cancellation of the vast majority of junior seasons and the complete loss of revenue from senior football meaning many clubs have had to roll over fees or make refunds to paying members.

FC Football Kit’s interest-free payment terms offer clubs some much-needed flexibility when it comes to arranging new kit for the upcoming season. It allows clubs time to bring money in through membership and registration fees as well as sponsorship without the need to make a lump-sum payment for apparel before it is delivered.

Whilst FC Football Kit may be new on the scene in Australia, its arrival comes with plenty of experience and know-how across the ditch. With over 15 years of operational history, FC Football Kit has been servicing clubs at various levels, from national teams right down to community clubs in various sports.

“We were founded by football people, so naturally that’s where our focus is,” Eagar said.

“While we’re new to Australia, we’re far from a new company. We have a lot of experience across what clubs want, what academies want, what parents, what families want, and how to best provide for that from the quality of product to service and delivery processes along with a comprehensive product range.”

DFL and AWS introduce two new Match Facts to Bundesliga coverage

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The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the addition of two new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS that will premiere as graphics during broadcasts and in the official Bundesliga app during the 2021-2022 season.

The two new Match Facts – Shot Efficiency and Passing Profile – will bring the total number of advanced statistics to eight, with each of them aiming to give fans deeper insights into the action on the pitch.

The first of the new advanced stats – Shot Efficiency – compares the number of goals that a player or team has scored with how many goals the player or team should have scored based on the quality of their chances.

The second – Passing Profile – provides deeper insights into the pass quality of a player or an entire team. Both of the stats are generated by gathering and analysing the match feeds from live games in real time as they are streamed into AWS.

Both new stats made their debut during Matchday 4 on the clash between German Champion FC Bayern München and the second-placed team of the previous season RB Leipzig.

The two new Match Facts will better showcase the action on the field – giving fans, coaches, players, and commentators visual support for analysing the decision-making of players and teams.

Andreas Heyden, Executive Vice President of Digital Innovations for DFL Group, was excited to further innovate the matchday experience for viewers based both domestically and internationally.

“Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS allows us to give fans more insight into the game of football, broadcasters more interesting stories to tell and coaches and teams, more data to excel at their game,” he said.

“Last year, the reception for Bundesliga Match Facts around the world was very positive, and we expect through ML and AI to continue to innovate on these analytics to make them even better.

“These two new stats give fans a view into player efficiency that hasn’t been achieved before, and we are just at the beginning of our relationship with AWS. I’m excited to see how technology will continue to evolve the fan experience and the game.”

Football South Australia announce inaugural delivery of AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence

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Football South Australia have announced an exciting opportunity for SA coaches to undertake an AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence in their own state for the first time ever.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for SA’s strong contingent of 90 B Licence holders to be able to elevate their expertise to the next level from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Football Australia ‘A’ Licence course is designed to support coaches working with senior players or older youth players in a professional or semi-professional environment where coaches will have three or four training sessions plus a match each week.

Part A will be at the new Summit Sports and Recreation Park in Mount Barker and VALO Football Centre, while Parts B and C will be held at the new State Centre for Football in Gepps Cross in 2022.

Football South Australia can also today announce that registrations are now open for a B Licence, which will take place in January 2021.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was delighted to introduce the new courses for coaches looking to push on in their careers.

“Coach education is an extremely important function of Football South Australia and we are delighted to be hosting an A-License coaching course in Adelaide. For years local coaches have had to travel interstate for the A-License meaning the cost per participant increased,” he said.

“The timing of the course will see components hosted at the soon to be completed State Centre for Football. The headquarters will be an education hub for coaches, referees and players via our pathway programs.”

Coach Education Manager Alec Wilson expressed his excitement for South Australian coaches.

“I am very excited with the announcement of a first-ever A-Licence in SA. This has been a year in the making and something Football South Australia has been wanting to host for a number of years,” he said.

“The announcement is a reward for everyone’s hard work and determination and shows our dedication in providing the best coach education opportunities for the growth of the game.

“To have all three pinnacle courses (A, B and C Licences) at home in our own state is a landmark in coach development and I look forward to seeing our coaches thrive, and in turn, provide better coaching for our players.”

The Football Australia/AFC ‘A’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on October 29, 2021.

The Football Australia/AFC ‘B’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on December 10, 2021.

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