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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Football Australia bolsters leadership with key new appointments

Football Australia has confirmed the appointments of Briana Harvey as General Manager of the Women’s National Teams and David Mason for the role of General Manager of the Men’s National Teams.

These strategic appointments are part of Football Australia’s ongoing efforts to strengthen and enhance the leadership and management of its national teams, ensuring both the women’s and men’s programs benefit from experienced and dedicated leadership.

Harvey has an extensive background in sports management, having held key roles at prominent organizations such as Hockey Victoria, the Australian Football League, Hawthorn Football Club, and, most recently, at the GWS GIANTS Football Club. Her diverse experience across these major sporting bodies highlights her expertise and leadership capabilities in the field.

Mason’s deep involvement with Australian football stretches back to 1998. Throughout his career, he has held numerous management positions in media and communications, football operations, and club administration at Northern Spirit, Parramatta Power, Sydney FC, and Football Australia.

His extensive experience across these diverse roles has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the sport’s landscape, making him a valuable asset in his new role.

For the last seven years, Mason has served as CEO of Manly Warringah Football Association and Manly United FC, one of Australia’s largest football associations. Returning to Football Australia, Mason brings with him a vast reservoir of knowledge in local, regional, and global football.

His experience is complemented by a deep familiarity with Australia’s National Football Teams, positioning him to make significant contributions in his new role.

Beginning on August 12, both Harvey and Mason will take charge of the strategic, operational, and administrative aspects of Football Australia’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Their responsibilities will include planning and managing budgets, as well as coordinating overall annual match schedules.

In their roles, they will ensure that all logistical and operational needs are met, driving the success and efficiency of the national teams’ programs.

Their leadership will be pivotal in shaping the future of Australian football on both the national and international stages.

Head of National Teams Gary Moretti expressed his excitement of the designation via press release.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of both Briana and David who as individuals and collectively bring a wealth of industry knowledge to Football Australia,” he said.

“Briana has a strong corporate pedigree with extensive experience within elite level sport. Her background and passion for women’s sport will be an invaluable asset to our National Teams both now and in the future.

“David is a football person and has contributed to the sport at all levels for almost three decades. In addition to his strong football acumen, David brings significant business and operational experience from his highly successful tenure as a CEO within the football industry.

“Along with Andrew McKenzie (General Manager – High Performance), the appointments of Briana and David will strengthen the management and future prospects of our National Teams as we look to create an elite performance and operational environment featuring a world’s best-practice focus.”

CEO of Football Australia James Johnson added how their experience and wealth of knowledge will ensure operation excellence via press release.

“The appointments of Briana and David are strategic moves that align with our vision to enhance the performance and success of our National Teams. Their combined experience and leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring operational excellence, so we remain competitive on the global stage and continue to inspire the next generation of football talent in Australia.”

Football Australia – National Teams Senior Management

Head of National Teams: Gary Moretti
General Manager – Women’s National Teams: Briana Harvey (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – Men’s National Teams: David Mason (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – High Performance: Andrew McKenzie (commenced 10 July)
General Manager – Football Analysis, Data and Insights (to be appointed)

The creation of four new leadership positions within the National Teams underscores Football Australia’s commitment and investment in its Senior and Youth National Teams, as outlined in the XI Principles for the future of Australian Football. Every position plays a critical role in advancing, overseeing, and ensuring the sustained success of all High Performance and National Team programs and initiatives.

Football South Australia extend collaboration with SAASL

Football South Australia and the South Australian Amateur Soccer League (SAASL) have extended their collaboration, strengthening their cooperation in developing football in the state.

There was a meeting held recently where key representatives from both organisations discussed ways to continue their growth of the game in the state at all levels.

Since the partnership began in 2018, the two parties have made a meaningful impact in the South Australian football community.

Several key initiatives have been launched through this collaboration which include:

Referee Development: Football SA’s Referees Department is now responsible for assigning match officials for all SAASL games. In 2024, the strategic emphasis by Football SA and SAASL on referees has led to a notable improvement in match official coverage for Senior Divisions in both Saturday and Sunday leagues.

Officiating Initiatives: Football SA has introduced various initiatives to recruit new referees and support young officials, such as State Championships and specialised mentorship programs. Meanwhile, SAASL is actively working on strategies to enhance their Club Referee program, offering a clear pathway for both new and returning referees.

Respect Campaign: The Armband Campaign to protect young referees has been successfully launched. Embraced by clubs, participants, and the football community, the bright orange armbands worn by referees under 18 serve as a clear reminder that these officials are minors.

Venue Support: ServiceFM Stadium has been the venue for major SAASL events, offering a professional environment for amateur league matches.

Streamlined Registration: SAASL players will keep registering via a consistent Player Registration System, which enhances administrative efficiency and ensures the integrity of player registrations.

Shared Competition Management System: Offering uniform and efficient Competition Management Processes across all competitions, enhancing efficiency for clubs, referees, and association administrators.

Enhanced Player Protection: SAASL players are covered by the National Insurance Scheme, which offers essential protection for clubs, administrators, volunteers, and participants.

Michael Carter, CEO of Football SA spoke very highly of the partnership and its effects on the game in SA.

“This extension represents more than just a renewal of our agreement,” he said in a statement.

“It’s a testament to the evolving and strengthening relationship between Football SA and SAASL. We’re working closer together than ever before, and the results speak for themselves.”

George Fotopoulos, President of SAASL and SAASL Board members and Executive Officer Darcy Evan shared a similar sentiment about the excitement of this continued long-term partnership.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Football SA. Our ongoing affiliation has seen a significant improvement in our Referee coverage in 2024, that is due to the collaboration and hard work of both the Football SA and the SAASL administration teams. We look forward to further opportunities the partnership will provide,” SAASL confirmed in a statement.

Overall, this partnership enhances the infrastructure, safety, and quality of football in South Australia, encouraging greater participation for players, coaches and referees which is helping the sport thrive at all levels.

Amateur and grassroots football success is the core to any good footballing foundation and this prosperous partnership continuing is a brilliant result.

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