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Football NSW announces immediate return to training

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Football NSW have confirmed, effective from today, training activities for football will recommence in the state.

Sessions will be restricted to ten people at one time, including the coach.

Other specific guidelines will also have to be followed, the governing body explained.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no competition matches are permitted to be played (including ‘friendly’ matches as part of a training session),” a FNSW spokesperson said.

“It is required that all training be conducted in accordance with the Public Health Order available on the NSW Government website.

“To support our participants, associations and clubs, in considering their return to training, Football NSW has produced a set of recommendations in the form of Return to Training Guidelines and supplementary resources that are available.

“These resources include the 10-page Return to Training Guidelines Booklet, a checklist, some posters for display around venues and a brief educational video.”

The association claimed they are in contact with the state government around the future steps they need to take to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are engaging with the NSW Government as to when we may be able return to competitive play and management is currently developing a set of ‘Return to Play’ Guidelines which we will shortly forward to the appropriate authorities.

“We remain committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure competitive play can resume as soon as possible.

“Associations and clubs who are leaseholders at their training venues are encouraged to engage with their Councils regarding access to venues and any conditions they may have in relation to that access,” FNSW concluded in a statement on Thursday.

The news comes after Football Queensland announced training will resume in their state in three weeks’ time, on June 12. Football Victoria also recently outlined a plan to begin playing competitive games by June 28.

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.

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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