Football Queensland links up with popular Sunshine Coast radio stations

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Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a radio partnership with popular Sunshine Coast radio stations Sea FM and Mix FM which will see them both provide broadcasting support across a range of big FQ events held within the Sunshine Coast.

The events included are: WinterFest23, FQ Junior Cup, the Pacific Club Championships and the FQPL 3 Sunshine Coast Grand Finals, running in-person activations with giveaways and broadcasting on air throughout the tournaments.

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci explained via press release about his excitement for what the partnerships will do for the future of football in Queensland as a whole.

“This radio partnership is a very exciting announcement for all looking to attend the events on the beautiful Sunshine Coast; it is always great to bring these events to the community with the support of local businesses, optimising the fan experience,” he stated.

“I would like to extend my thanks to both Sea FM and Mix FM teams for their support and we look forward to welcoming them to our events as our Queensland football talent is put on show.”

In Football Queensland’s Strategic Plan, set for the 2023-2026 period, the organisation listed Participants and Clubs as their first major pillar and focusing point on the overall growth of the sport in the state and the country.

Their main focuses, listed in the Strategic Plan are: “to be the most accessible sport in Australia where everyone can play anytime, anywhere.” which they continued by mentioning their ‘drive to improve participation retention & growth, especially amongst women and girls.'”

Group Marketing Director Brooke Papamanolis shared the same enthusiasm for the move.

“We are thrilled to support Football Queensland with their 4 major events coming to the region this year across both of our brands forging an alliance that will elevate the passion and excitement of football across the Sunshine Coast,” she added via press release.

“This partnership will extend far beyond the field, as we will work hand in hand to support Football Queensland through joint initiatives and events as well as assisting in fostering a sense of unity and belonging amongst the Sunshine Coast football community.

“We look forward to playing a role in the growth and development of football in our region and can’t wait to get out there with the kids of the Sunshine Coast!”

Especially in the Sunshine Coast area of Queensland, this is a fantastic initiative to encourage the next generation of kids to participate in Football.

Clearly for Football Queensland and Australia, creating the transition towards a more modern and upgraded framework for developing talent in this country is of upmost importance, and lifting standards to match the world’s best is next on their agenda.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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