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Football Federation Australia teams up with Football Coaches Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Football Coaches Australia (FCA) in a ground-breaking partnership to enhance coach development.

Football Coaches Australia President Phil Moss said, “This is a crucial moment for our code.

“The importance of having the governing body and an organisation that represents our professional and community coaches formally working together for the betterment of the game cannot be understated.

“FCA is about ensuring coaches are respected as skilled professionals working in an environment that has a framework and standards within which reflect the importance of the role we play.

“FCA and FFA are aligned with the goal to provide ‘Community, Connection and Camaraderie’ within the coaching network to enable our coaches to perform their role and best promote our great game.

“James, FFA Chair Chris Nikou and the FFA board, along with Greg O’Rourke and the A-League, have embraced this with a collaborative approach that deserves recognition. We look forward to working closely with FFA and all key stakeholders to ensure the game thrives into the future,” Moss concluded.

The agreement will see the organisations collaborate across three key areas, and FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said he was delighted with the partnership.

“Creating world class environments for coach development is a high priority for FFA. Our focus on coach development to the long-term success of Australian football is highlighted by our inclusion of Principle VI within the XI Principles for the future of Australian football (XI Principles) which details the creation of a strong culture around coach development by emphasising the importance of the role as a skilled position and a vital link in player development.

“Establishing a Memorandum Of Understanding with FCA to build key partnerships to enhance coach development was one of a number of proposed measures which we advanced in pursuit of Principle VI.  The signing of this Memorandum is an important step for FFA and we are excited to already begin realising some of the work we anticipated within the XI Principles,” he said.

“This agreement will focus on the development and implementation of standard form contracts for coaches engaged by professional Australian football clubs, and the establishment of a national arbitration tribunal to hear employment disputes between coaches and professional Australian football clubs.”

Importantly FFA and FCA will collaborate to deliver aligned technical education and professional development programs for Advance Licence and Community coaches at all levels.

Johnson added, “FFA and Football Coaches Australia agree to cooperate with each other based on the principle of genuine consultation whilst acknowledging each other’s independence.

“I am very excited that we can move forward together to further improve on the healthy and steady increase we’ve experienced in the numbers of participants on coaching courses and develop many more world-class Australian coaches.”

“We are also seeing more and more Australian coaches succeed on the global stage. Most recently, Harry Kewell was appointed as Head Coach of Oldham Athletic. We congratulate Harry on his appointment and take inspiration from his success, and those before him, to create the type of conditions domestically which will support more Australian coaches to test themselves internationally, should they wish to do so.”

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Player sentiment up, average age down: PFA releases annual report

Sentiment is well and truly up for A-League players, according to the annual Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) report.

This time last year, only 33% of A-League players felt confident about the direction of their football careers.

According to the PFA’s latest annual report, that number is now 56%.

Of the A-League’s 312 players, 200 responded to the 2020/21 A-League survey, capturing 70% of the current cohort, with the results proving that even despite the ongoing turbulence and uncertainty of COVID-19, the majority of players feel much more confident about their futures within the game.

The report highlights that Australian players actively want to remain in the A-League, as opposed to seeking opportunities overseas.

The key numbers that demonstrate this include:

  • 55% of players said they would like to stay playing in the A-League next season, up from 45% last year.
  • 56% of players are confident about the direction of their football careers, compared to 33% in 2019/20.
  • Only 4% of players would move to an overseas league even if it was for similar money and/or playing standard.
  • Only 16% of players who would prefer to move to an overseas league would only do so if the money and standards were better.

Other highlights of the report include that the average A-League player is getting younger.

Over the last 14 years, the average age of the A-League player has consistently trended upwards.

In 2020/21, however, this changed and the average age trended downwards, dropping from 27.6 to 25.1.

The number of players utilised in the A-League who were aged 21 and under came in at 107, representing 35% of the 300 players who received A-League minutes during the 2020/21 season.

The youngest squads on average belonged to Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United, with average ages of 23.6 and 23.9 years respectively.

Another highlight was the fact that of the league’s 312 contracted players, 300 received A-League minutes.

“These reports have been immensely valuable, helping the PFA and the players better understand the industry in which they are employed, monitor the application of high-performance standards, assess technical progress and survey the players’ experience,” PFA Co-Chief Executive Beau Busch said of the report.

“For the last five years, we have been able to utilise these reports to formulate evidence-based positions to improve the environments in which our members work through collective bargaining.

“Promisingly, after a period of significant uncertainty, the players have indicated that they are more confident in the direction of their careers and the future of the competition than this time last year, signifying a positive shift in the perception of the A-League.”

The report also highlights the fact that A-League attendances were the lowest ever in the competition, thanks in large part to COVID-19, with an average attendance of 5,660.

Foreign players in the league reduced by 12 to a total of 51, whilst the average salary in the A-League is $136,791.

Access the full report HERE.

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.”

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