Football NSW set the benchmark for league coverage against rival states

Football NSW have committed to providing the best coverage for their state as National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competitions get underway this weekend.

Football NSW will be on hand to deliver up-to-date media information as Round 1 kicks off, catering for all fans and players alike.

Passionate NPL journalists will completing previews and reviews each week, alongside quality photographers who be around the grounds getting the best action shots. All of this will be shared on the offical NPL NSW Men’s website, as well as social media channels Facebook and Twitter.

To complete the vast coverage, Football NSW will broadcast every match live and compatible on all devices. Throughout the 2020 NPL NSW Men’s season including the Under 20’s, a huge 288 matches will be covered. Commentators will also be there to call all the highs, lows and exciting moments that will shape who takes home silverware.

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge praised the contributions of the Football NSW Media team and their consistency in producing content on a yearly basis.

“Football NSW has always led the way with our coverage of the National Premier Leagues,” he said.

“Our team of reporters provide fans with the most in-depth coverage of any NPL competition in the country and it’s fantastic to see an expanded team onboard for 2020.

“Similarly, we are now into our fourth season of live broadcasts of NPL NSW fixtures.

“We set the benchmark in this area and are proud to have also assisted our colleagues in other states – creating a smorgasbord of live NPL broadcasts across the country.

“We are continually looking to improve our offering and 2020 will be a landmark year for NPL broadcasts.

Football NSW Media Manager Mark Stavroulakis spoke about how he expects the 2020 NPL NSW Men’s season to be one of the best and most competitive years to date, meaning more people will want to watch.

“What a year it will be in the NPL NSW Men’s competition as each of our clubs have recruited very well and will no doubt put their best efforts forward in playing a great brand of football for their passionate fans showcasing how good this league really is,” he said.

“It is a unique competition that we here at Football NSW take very seriously and that is reflected by the professionalism shown by our hardworking and dedicated media personnel flying the flag for Football NSW at each of the matches week in week out.

“The quality promotion about our elite Men’s competition such as our recent collaboration with Chad Gibson’s Local FC amongst a number of other initiatives has been the talk of the town with so much interest centered around the first whistle set to blow this Saturday evening at Lambert Park.

“We take pride in what we do at Football NSW and promoting leagues such as the Men’s as well as the Women’s elite NPL competitions continues to improve and develop year upon year.”

NPL NSW matches and highlights can found on their official Facebook page and Youtube channel.

You can also sign up to the NPL NSW newsletter that gives you all the match day programs, previews and reviews for each weekend of the season.

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

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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