Football Queensland announce female-only C Diploma course

Football Queensland

Football Queensland (FQ) has confirmed the exciting details of a female-only C Diploma course, which is set to begin this November.

The course will kick off at The Lakes FC on Friday, November 25 and will be just the second ever female-only C Diploma held in Queensland.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci expressed his excitement at the announcement of the course.

“As the growth of the game is underpinned by the quality and number of our coaches, Football Queensland is committed to supporting that growth by improving education and development opportunities for coaches across the state,” he said in a statement to FQ.

“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 approaching, there has never been a better time to embrace the potential of our female coaches here in Queensland by delivering tailored development opportunities specifically for those who are looking to progress into a more advanced coaching space.”

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini added the course is a fantastic opportunity for female coaches to gain new qualifications, while also providing a launchpad for future courses to be held across the state.

“The C Diploma is a crucial aspect of the AFC/Football Australia pathway and provides the necessary foundation to improve upon all technical aspects of the game,” he said via Football Queensland.

“Providing high-quality education opportunities for our female coaches is essential to the growth of our game which is why we are committed to delivering more female-only coaching courses not only this year but in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

“We’re excited to host Queensland’s second ever female-only C Diploma course later this year, and will also be introducing new measures to assist female coaches in the transition from community level coaching to the next stage of the coaching pathway.”

The female-only C Diploma course will be held across several days beginning in November 2022 and finishing in March 2023.

Registrations can be made via the link here.

Football Australia holds its 21st Annual General Meeting

The twenty-first AGM of Football Australia Limited was held on Thursday, 30 May 2024, at Football South Australia’s offices at ServiceFM Stadium via videoconference and in Adelaide.

The AGM coincided with the release of the Football Australia 2023 Abridged Annual Review.

At the AGM, members reviewed Football Australia’s Financial Report, which uniquely covered the six months ending 31 December 2023.

This transition period followed Football Australia’s shift to a calendar-based financial year, aligning financial reporting with the operational season. Members also reviewed the FY24 Annual Budget and discussed the organisation’s activities during this period.

The Operating Surplus (Before Grants and Distributions) was at an all-time low for the FA between June 2023 and December 2023, with the value at $6.1m loss.

Interestingly, the report showed that $27.7m in total was invested amongst the national teams, with the Matildas getting the bulk of it at $13.45m. Socceroos were given $6.3mil and the rest was shared amongst National Teams support, Women’s and Men’s junior national teams.

An election for a Director position on the Football Australia Board was conducted as per the Constitution. Mr. Joseph Carrozzi AM, nominated by Football South Australia and seconded by Northern New South Wales Football, was re-elected for a term ending at the 2027 AGM.

Additionally, the meeting ratified Dr. Deidre Anderson AM as a member and Chair of the Women’s Football Council, an appointment that received unanimous support.

Following the AGM, the Board convened and unanimously re-elected Mr. Anter Isaac as Chairman and Ms Jaclyn Lee-Joe as Deputy Chair. Chairman Isaac shared his vision for the strategic direction and future ambitions of Football Australia.

“I am delighted to congratulate Joseph Carrozzi on his re-election to the Board, and I warmly welcome Deidre Anderson as a Member and new Chair of the Women’s Football Council,” said Mr. Isaac in his statement.

“Their collective expertise and dedicated leadership are pivotal as we continue to drive our strategic vision and foster growth across all levels of Australian football.

“In my inaugural Chairman’s Report, I am heartened by the transformative journey we’ve embarked on since November 2023. The past six months have been crucial in setting our strategic direction toward sustainability and growth at all levels.

“Our Board has pivoted from short-term, transactional thinking to embrace a strategic, long-term vision, fostering a culture where trust, capability, and capacity thrive.

“This shift is supported by substantial investments in our systems and processes, aligning our operations more closely with the football season to enhance efficiencies. Moreover, strategic appointments like that of Gary Moretti as Head of National Teams underscore our commitment to improving performance and leadership.

“Looking ahead, we are committed to fostering collaboration and unity, essential for the long-term success and growth of Australian football.

“We aim to maintain a formidable, stable, and dependable presence, both locally and internationally.”

The Financial report and statements by the board members suggest the FA are looking to strategically fund the national teams and build off the success of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that saw the Matildas and Women’s football get majority of the investment.

FIFA and GIZ Sport present the new Women’s Empowerment programme

FIFA has joined in a collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to fund 16 global organisations through the Sport for Women’s Empowerment programme.

GIZ works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and has chosen the NGO LA Guilde to be the implementor of the financial support.

This programme aligns with the FIFA Women’s Development Programme and Germany’s feminist development policy, which is focused on sports-based approaches to gender equality and fits well with FIFA’s programme for growth in female football.

All these initiatives support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The central theme of the programme is to demonstrate how sport would be used as a tool to combat gender inequality, tackle gender-based and sexual violence, or empower and strengthen the role of women.

200 organisations across 30 GIZ’s partner countries submitted project proposals.

From this, 16 were chosen – of which 10 are football-specific projects and 3 FIFA Associations are included. These organisations are spread across Africa, Asia, The Middle East, South America and the Western Balkans.

This is a huge enterprise taken by FIFA and GIZ to expand and fund the women’s game internationally.

It shows the partnership potential FIFA has with organisations and investors that want to expand their programs into the sporting world and their popularity with international organisations and markets, especially if this fits into the positive empowerment of equality in sports within poorer communities around the world.

The 16 successful organisations are:

  • Togolese Football Association (Togo)
  • Football Association of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Ghana Football Association (Ghana)
  • ENGIM (Albania)
  • Together Advancing Common Trust, TAKT (North Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Bareeq Education & Development (Jordan)
  • Permanent Peace Movement (Lebanon)
  • Cleo (Colombia)
  • Girls United Football Association (Mexico)
  • Anahat for Change Foundation (India)
  • Sudhaar Society (Pakistan)
  • Action des Volontaires d’Innovations pour le Développement, AVID (Congo DR)
  • Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo, VIS (Ghana)
  • Community Forum Organization, COFO (Malawi)
  • Demain Dès l’Aube (Togo)
  • Association Togolaise pour la Promotion du Sport pour Tous, ATPST (Togo)

“We are very excited about the huge number of applicants; all of them organisations using the power of sport to improve gender equality in their communities,” Jens Elsner said via media release, Head of the GIZ’s Global Programme.

“I am convinced that the winning organisations will make an impact by reaching out to young people and letting them experience that change towards a more inclusive and equal society is possible.”

FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman added via press release: “FIFA is dedicated to increasing female representation and diversity in football, at all levels, on and off the pitch, and this initiative is a great example of how we can create more opportunities for women through collaborating with others.”

In total, the successful organisations list features 10 football-specific projects, four multisport projects, one rugby project and one volleyball project.

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