Football Queensland outlines changes for COVID check in procedures

Football Queensland (FQ) has advised all clubs in the state that they will need to transition from EVA Check-In to the Queensland Government’s Check In Qld app that will be used to collect data for contact tracing information.

In line with what’s required from the Queensland Government, clubs across the Sunshine State will need to use the Check In Qld app from Saturday May 1, 2021. Patrons who attend any hospitality venues including clubhouses will need to sign in to the venue, which is to be mandated by the aforementioned date.

As a result of the new Check In Qld app, all Queensland clubs are advised to stop using the EVA Check-In QR codes. The Check In Qld app will be the replacement for collecting contact tracing information, with all clubs asked to implement the app by the end of May, whether or not the club serves food and drink at its premises or not.

FQ will shut down the EVA Check-In QR code operation, set to be discontinued from from Monday May 31, 2021.

Clubs can register to use the Check In Qld app on the Queensland Government website. The registration process will involve a business set-up guide, including a QR code poster that is able to be printed for display purposes around the venue.

Outdoor sports in Queensland are no longer required to follow an Industry Plan following last week’s release of the Queensland Government’s COVID Safe Future Plan, but all clubs in the state should continue to maintain and enforce COVID Safe measures that help stop the spread.

Measures such as electronic collection of contact tracing information, promotion of social distancing, hand hygiene and regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and equipment would now be common practice. Any participants showing symptoms or feeling unwell cannot attend training, matches or other organised activities.

Clubs have been reminded that they still need to follow occupant density requirements (one person for every two square metres) in any indoor spaces, such as clubhouses and canteens – related to the COVID Safe Future Plan.

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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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