Football in the mix for Queensland Sport Awards

Football will be featured in various categories at the 2019 Queensland Sport Awards, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 30.

Chris Beath, Warren Moon and NPL Queensland side Lions FC have all been nominated as finalists for awards at this year’s event. The nominations are based on their achievements between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.

FFA referee Chris Beath has been recognised in the Officiator of the Year category after an excellent year. Beath was selected to officiate in this year’s AFC Asian Cup in January, as well as the AFC Champions League, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

NPL Queensland coach Warren Moon has been named as a finalist in the Coach of the Year category. His team, Lions FC, were also nominated for the Team of the Year award.

Lions FC had an extremely successful 2019 season, securing their second consecutive NPL Queensland title after only losing two games in the regular season. They recorded the best attacking and defensive record in the competition.

With Moon at the helm, Lions FC qualified for back-to-back NPL Finals Series Grand Finals in 2019.

This year’s event will be the 25th annual Queensland Sport Awards.

Full details of the list of finalists for the Queensland Sport Awards can be found here.

 

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Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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