Football Queensland adds more Club Summits

Football Queensland has confirmed that it will run another four Club Summits in the coming weeks.

These Club Summits will be held in Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Gladstone and Rockhampton, where Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci will travel to each of these locations as the host.

Clubs, coaches and referees are welcome to attend the Club Summits which are centred around the future of the game.

“As part of the statewide Future of Football 2020+ consultation process, we’ve so far hosted six Club Summits across the Gold Coast, South West Queensland, Wide Bay, Far North and North Queensland regions,” Cavallucci said in a statement.

“To date we’ve consulted with hundreds of coaches, referees, technical staff and zone administrators alongside representatives from 50 clubs across Queensland, who have all had their say and contributed to the future of our game.

“Across each of the consultations the local football community has been engaging and productive, and it has been encouraging to see first-hand the football community’s enthusiasm in helping to shape the future of football in Queensland by sharing their feedback and opinions on how we should lead the game, run the game, play the game and fund the game.

“We look forward to hearing from more stakeholders from across our game as we hold the next four consultation sessions in the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

“I encourage all clubs, coaches and referees from these regions to take this opportunity to contribute to the future of football by registering to attend a Club Summit.”

The first Club Summit will be held next Monday, which details of each one below as outlined by Football Queensland:

Sunshine Coast Club Summit
Monday, 10 August
6:30pm
Maroochydore Football Club, Kuluin

Mackay Club Summit
Saturday, 15 August
6:30pm
Mackay Football Park, Glenella

Gladstone Club Summit
Sunday, 16 August
7pm
Yaralla Sports Club, Events Room 2

Rockhampton Club Summit
Monday, 17 August
7pm
Frenchville Sports Club

If you are interested in attending one of the above Club Summits, you can register here.

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Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

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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