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Football Queensland confirm 2020 competition structures

Football Queensland (FQ) have confirmed their 2020 competition structure for the senior age groups in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland, the National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) Queensland and the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL).

The senior age groups include the U18’s, U20’s and first grade divisions.

Promotion and relegation will be in effect in both the NPL Queensland and the FQPL senior competitions.

Therefore, following the 2019 FQPL season, Capalaba FC and Sunshine Coast Warriors will be the teams promoted to the NPL Queensland for the 2020 season.

Three teams have been relegated from the NPL Queensland in 2019 and will play in the FQPL competition in 2020. Those clubs are Western Pride FC, SWQ Thunder and Sunshine Coast FC.

Overall, the senior NPL Queensland competition will be made up of 14 clubs in 2020. The FQPL will consist of 11 teams in the senior and U20 divisions, with 12 clubs competing in the U18 competition due to the inclusion of the Wide Bay Buccaneers.

The NPLW structure will remain the same as last season, with 13 teams competing against each other in 2020.

The NPL Queensland and FQPL junior age groups (13-16 years of age) will be allocated separately to the senior age groups at each of the competing clubs. This follows the decoupling of the junior and senior competitions for 2020.

Football Queensland will provide further updates on the 2020 junior NPL/FQPL competition structure in the near future.

The clubs competing in the 2020 senior competitions are listed below:

2020 SENIOR COMPETITION STRUCTURES

National Premier Leagues Queensland
Brisbane City FC
Brisbane Roar Youth
Brisbane Strikers
Capalaba FC
Eastern Suburbs
Gold Coast Knights
Gold Coast United
Lions FC
Magpies Crusaders United
Moreton Bay United
Olympic FC
Peninsula Power
Redlands United
Sunshine Coast Wanderers
Football Queensland Premier League
Holland Park Hawks
Ipswich Knights
Logan Lightning
Mitchelton FC
Rochedale Rovers
Southside Eagles
Souths United
Sunshine Coast FC
SWQ Thunder
Western Pride
Wide Bay Buccaneers (U18 only)
Wolves FC
National Premier Leagues Women’s Queensland
Brisbane Roar/QAS
Capalaba FC
Eastern Suburbs
Gap FC
Gold Coast United
Lions FC
Logan Lightning
Mitchelton FC
Moreton Bay United
Souths United
Sunshine Coast Wanderers
SWQ Thunder
Western Pride
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.

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.”

Football South Australia announce inaugural delivery of AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence

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Football South Australia have announced an exciting opportunity for SA coaches to undertake an AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence in their own state for the first time ever.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for SA’s strong contingent of 90 B Licence holders to be able to elevate their expertise to the next level from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Football Australia ‘A’ Licence course is designed to support coaches working with senior players or older youth players in a professional or semi-professional environment where coaches will have three or four training sessions plus a match each week.

Part A will be at the new Summit Sports and Recreation Park in Mount Barker and VALO Football Centre, while Parts B and C will be held at the new State Centre for Football in Gepps Cross in 2022.

Football South Australia can also today announce that registrations are now open for a B Licence, which will take place in January 2021.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was delighted to introduce the new courses for coaches looking to push on in their careers.

“Coach education is an extremely important function of Football South Australia and we are delighted to be hosting an A-License coaching course in Adelaide. For years local coaches have had to travel interstate for the A-License meaning the cost per participant increased,” he said.

“The timing of the course will see components hosted at the soon to be completed State Centre for Football. The headquarters will be an education hub for coaches, referees and players via our pathway programs.”

Coach Education Manager Alec Wilson expressed his excitement for South Australian coaches.

“I am very excited with the announcement of a first-ever A-Licence in SA. This has been a year in the making and something Football South Australia has been wanting to host for a number of years,” he said.

“The announcement is a reward for everyone’s hard work and determination and shows our dedication in providing the best coach education opportunities for the growth of the game.

“To have all three pinnacle courses (A, B and C Licences) at home in our own state is a landmark in coach development and I look forward to seeing our coaches thrive, and in turn, provide better coaching for our players.”

The Football Australia/AFC ‘A’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on October 29, 2021.

The Football Australia/AFC ‘B’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on December 10, 2021.

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