FCA looks to the future as it farewells two long-term champions of Australian coaches

Football Coaches Australia

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) will enter a new era at its Annual General Meeting on September 20, when two of the organisation’s stalwarts depart, making way for new leadership as the organisation approaches its sixth anniversary.

Chief Executive Officer Glenn Warry and President Phil Moss will step down from their positions, having held them since FCA’s inaugural AGM on November 15, 2017.

Having previously driven the establishment of two national player development and wellbeing programs and worked with elite coaches in all football codes, Glenn observed that the needs of Australia’s football coaches were not being catered for by football’s governing bodies.

He partnered with experienced global sports industry leader James Kitching to start Football Coaches Australia, with the goal of providing coaches with legal advocacy, professional development, mental health and well-being services, and a collective voice and voting rights on the Football Australia Congress.

Phil Moss was appointed FCA’s inaugural President, having been Head Coach of the Central Coast Mariners, and Assistant Coach of the 2008 Olyroos, the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC. He has held the President position for two terms, working alongside Vice Presidents Rae Dower, Heather Garriock and Sarah West during his time at the helm.

Both Glenn and Phil will leave the organisation due to family and work commitments, having volunteered thousands of hours to improve the working conditions and wellbeing of Australian coaches working at home and abroad.

FCA Vice President Sarah West said the two stalwarts would be greatly missed but would leave a strong legacy to build upon.

“Both Glenn and Phil have made tremendous contributions to the sport of football, by tirelessly working to keep the issues affecting coaches on the radar where decisions for our beautiful game are being made,” she said.

“Together, they have led FCA from its humble beginnings to achieve provisional member status with Football Australia, which is an achievement they should be extremely proud of.”

“While Glenn and Phil will be sorely missed, they have set the foundations for FCA to be a driving force for positive change within the Australian football landscape and ensure that coaches and their needs are never again an afterthought.”

“The FCA Executive Committee is committed to continuing their great work in strengthening relationships across football’s governance and taking FCA and Australian coaches to new heights.”

“Personally, and on behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank Glenn and Phil for their extraordinary contributions and leadership,” FCA’s Vice President said.

Warry said he was proud of what FCA had been able to achieve despite significant opposition from some of the sport’s leadership.

“Coaching is the most visible leadership role in football, with coaches the face of the club and responsible for driving club culture, high performance, team success and the wellbeing of the players. At the community level, this involves providing a safe, and importantly, fun environment for young players,” he said.

“In a short period of time, and through a challenging period for all Australians, FCA is proud of the collective voice, extensive advocacy services and world-leading professional development programs that it has developed and delivers for Australian football coaches worldwide.”

“Since its inception, FCA has endeavoured at all times to work collaboratively and collectively with football stakeholders for the betterment of coaches and football,” the outgoing CEO and founder said.

He added that most recently FCA had worked beyond borders and through pandemics to deliver for Australian coaches.

“The association provides Australian coaches continued access to legal support in Australia, Asia and Europe to proceed disputes to the FIFA Player Status Committee or to Fair Work Australia (NPL Club disputes), Contract Negotiations, Code of Conduct determinations, legal support in ‘Cease and Desist’ proceedings against individuals, and finally, resume preparation and interview skills.”

“In particular, FCA was proud to be the national leader in supporting football coaches throughout the COVID period of 2021 and 2022, surging our capacity to provide free learning through more than 60 professional development Zoom conferences, virtual community-building activities, and 100 complimentary Mental Health Masterclass programs,” Warry said.

Outgoing President Phil Moss said while he was tremendously proud to have led FCA during a period of rapid growth in the game and ensure coaches have more support than ever before, the lack of funding and embrace from within the game continued to disappoint.

“So much quality work has been done by so many brilliant football people to get FCA to where it is today,” he said.

“Everyone involved, past and present, has let their actions do the talking in setting up, sustaining and strengthening the support that all coaches now have available to them for the duration of their journey.”

“That is a far cry from what so many other coaches had in the past,” he said.

Moss added that there was still much to be done to provide coaches with adequate support.

“The need for vastly improved coaching pathways, increased opportunities and support for coaches for the full length of their journey is no less important than for that of players,” he said.

“Coaches develop players and provide the structure and environment that liberates players to realise their potential. Yet, the attitude towards – and treatment of – coaches is still generally poor.”

“FCA is set up well to go to the next level, and football’s power brokers must realise the non-negotiable importance of having an organisation that specifically supports coaches from start to finish, as FCA does. The handbrake slowing coaching as a profession must be released.”

“The positive rhetoric from a number of stakeholders FCA has worked collaboratively with has not been backed by actions, and that is really disappointing,” the outgoing President said.

Football Coaches Australia members are invited to attend the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on 20 September and cast their vote to appoint a new President, as well as appoint a new member to its Executive Committee to fill a vacancy. The CEO position has been advertised and will be selected by the FCA Executive Committee in accordance with the organisation’s constitution.

Registrations are required to attend the AGM, which is open to FCA Members only. Members are invited to register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/football-coaches-australia-annual-general-meeting-2023-tickets-708988041317

To read full statements from outgoing CEO Glenn Warry and outgoing President Phil Moss, please click here.

Media Interviews are available with Glenn Warry, Phil Moss and Sarah West.

To arrange an interview, please contact Glenn Warry on 0417 346 312

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German football ends 70 years with Adidas for Nike deal

The German Football Association (DFB) has inked a mega eight-year deal with American sportswear giant Nike and move on from incredible 70-year partnership with Adidas.

The deal commences in 2027 after the next World Cup and runs to the end of 2034 with the company securing kit rights for at least two World Cup campaigns.

Nike were able to blow away Adidas’ offer and the deal was one they simply couldn’t refuse. It is reportedly worth AU$169.3 million a year, exactly double the amount Adidas currently gives the DFB which is $84.6 million.

Adidas has been a DFB partner since the 1950s and has been synonymous with the success of Germany’s men’s and women’s national teams, who have supported the company’s logo during 14 World Cup and European Championship triumphs.

This deal has caused huge public backlash from German fans and politicians who believe it goes against the traditions and history of the sport.

However, the DFB has defended its decision to drop Adidas as Nike made the better financial offer which would help the federation fund the future of German football as it would be invested into the grassroots game.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained the controversial decision and gives his well wishes to Adidas.

“We understand every emotion. It’s also a drastic event for us as an association when it becomes clear that a partnership that was and is characterised by many special moments is coming to an end after more than 70 years. That doesn’t leave us cold,” Neuendorf said in a statement.

“The DFB has to make economic decisions against this background. Nike made by far the best financial offer in the transparent and non-discriminatory tender process.

“The federation will do everything we can to achieve shared success with our long-standing and current partner Adidas, to whom German soccer has owed a lot for more than seven decades.”

It is a huge loss for Adidas’ legacy, losing a long term relationship with the country’s biggest sporting team to its main rival and ultimately showcasing the bargaining power Nike has over the company.

However, the company still has a huge standing in football despite this issue and won’t be too affected by it. At the international level, Adidas has deals with higher-ranked Argentina and Italy and will still supply Germany’s kits at the 2026 World Cup – a tournament which it will also sponsor.

This new deal allows more money to tackle issues in the grassroots game in Germany and help stabilise the system as it looks towards returning to long-term international success.

Football Victoria celebrates establishment between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC

A striking partnership has been established between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC, with the Western United affiliated club to play 11 home fixtures at Keilor Lodge Reserve.

The Club Changer Club Development Program, an incentive created in 2023 to assist clubs fostering and strengthening inclusive environments for multiple diverse communities within society to participate in football, supports the growth of women’s football, among many other ranges of football within the country.

Last year, all federation members dedicated a strong focus upon women and young females in football as a main element of their Legacy 23 campaign. This enables club development officers across the state to work in conjunction with clubs in order to foster a positive football experience within female football, both on and off the field.

In this facility sharing partnership, Sydenham Park SC vice-president Davis Lisolajski showcased his clubs enthusiasm.

“When we learned that they were without a home venue, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out and assist,” he said via press release.

“Women’s football holds significant importance for us at Sydenham, and we believe this partnership will benefit our young girls and both senior women’s teams. They will witness professionalism first-hand during match days.”

Calder United SC President Amanda Stella expressed excitement towards developing a sustained and effective partnership to spearhead National Premier League Women’s football to Sydenham Park in 2024.

“The support from Sydenham Park President Nick and Vice President David, along with the broader Sydenham Park community, is greatly appreciated, and we eagerly anticipate playing our senior and 20s home games for the 2024 season at Sydenham Park,” she added via media release.

“A special acknowledgment to Football Victoria’s Josephine La Pila for her work with both clubs to achieve an outcome that promotes collaboration among football clubs for the betterment of our beloved sport.”

Football Victoria have endorsed the partnership between these two growing clubs within female football across the state.

With Calder United establishing themselves as a competitive club amongst the NPLW competition, the partnership allowing the club between the Western United sister club and Sydenham puts a focus upon both sides allowing their playing and coaching staff to use one of the best pitch surfaces within the north-western district of Melbourne. The use of these highly elite facilities will allow them to have an advantage, perhaps being the difference in furthering themselves away from their competitors.

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