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Football Queensland releases Strategic Infrastructure Plan for 2020-2024

Football Queensland (FQ) has published its Strategic Infrastructure Plan for the 2020-2024 period.

The plan was devised using comprehensive data-driven and needs-based analysis. FQ has announced it will prioritise infrastructure and funding in order to drive progress towards the state’s critical facility needs.

Although football is the most popular club-based participation sport in Australia, the sport has traditionally struggled to attract meaningful Federal Government investment, something FQ is aiming to address.

“Despite football being the number one club-based participation sport in the state, it has been massively underfunded. Better infrastructure is vital to ensuring our growing base of over 180,000 participants have facilities that are appropriate, meet minimum basic standards and deliver quality football experiences,” said Rob Cavallucci, FQ CEO.

“FQ has also identified the importance of Government investment through a newly established Football Infrastructure Fund to efficiently deliver essential community upgrades and projects throughout the state, enabling our 317 clubs to meet existing demand and build capacity.”

Over the next four years, FQ will aim to raise $60 million for the Queensland Government Infrastructure Fund. The document provides a detailed breakdown of how FQ plans to disperse the $60 million across Queensland’s different regions, including highly detailed descriptions of the specific needs of each region.

An example of FQ’s regional infrastructure planning.

The organisation has also identified three key infrastructure priorities, which Cavallucci outlined.

“The top three funding priorities identified include, first, the establishment of a Home of Women’s Football and Women’s Centre of Excellence at Meakin Park; second, Regional High-Performance Centres for North and Central Queensland; and third, the construction of a boutique 15,000-seat rectangular stadium,” Cavallucci said.

Another key goal for FQ will be leveraging the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, as it presents a major growth opportunity for the funding, participation, and exposure of Australian football.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 represents a once in a generation chance to create a profound and lasting legacy for women and girls as we lead into a significant period of participation growth,” Cavallucci said.

“FQ has established clear infrastructure priorities aligned to the Women’s World Cup and identified legacy opportunities to partner with all levels of Government to support infrastructure delivery, maximising benefits for Queenslanders through a strategic approach to facilities funding.”

For more information, or to see the full document, click HERE.

 

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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