Football Queensland hosts unique futsal referee course

Football Queensland hosted a first-of-its-kind referee course over the weekend, supporting match officials who are transitioning to futsal officiating.

20 football referees attended the course at Mt Maria College, which was designed to give outdoor referees the knowledge and qualifications to apply their skills to the small-sided game.

“The referee course delivered over the weekend was an innovative way to support a group of match officials to broaden their skillset and pursue a new pathway with an introduction to the futsal Laws of the Game,” FQ State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said. 

“Football Queensland developed this concept for our referees after discovering that the existing two-day futsal referee course model was prohibitive for some match officials. 

“This provided an opportunity for us to get creative and come up with a new form of futsal referee course for existing match officials, created in collaboration with established referees Dion Bradley, Zac Keenan and other members of the Futsal Referee Working Group. 

“Dion and Zac also delivered the course on Sunday, which was attended by 20 match officials from across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. 

“Members of the Football Queensland referee department were also in attendance alongside a number of experienced referees assessors and instructors who will help to develop these match officials as they transition into refereeing futsal. 

“After a successful course over the weekend, we’re excited to continue providing more opportunities for our outdoor referees to gain experience in futsal to support the growth of the sport. 

“For this reason, Football Queensland has recently released a Futsal Referee Information Pack to provide new and existing outdoor referees with information on the benefits of refereeing futsal, and we encourage any match official interested in broadening their skillset to register for an upcoming Futsal Referee Course.”

The next Futsal Convention Course will be held in Brisbane in February 2021, with a Futsal Referee Course to be held on the same weekend.

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.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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