Football Queensland reveals Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper  

At least seven Queensland football clubs are going to benefit from a share in over $1.5 million in fresh infrastructure funding as a result of commitments made prior to the recent Queensland state election.

Football Queensland have released a Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper, which offers the state’s 183,000 participants a modern, effective vision for the game to unite behind.

“As described in the XI Principles, Football Australia is leading the transition to a holistic ‘One Football’ model that facilitates this essential change. Our game has not undergone reform in 20 years and while everything around it has altered, it is time now for the game to evolve too,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“The Future of Football 2020+ journey began with a vision to develop a new governance model and a streamlined administration model that will allow football in Queensland to flourish; one that enables affordability and consistency in the way the game is delivered across the state, with unified and connected competitions and pathways, ensuring protection and development support for those who participate in it, from players, to coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.”

“The Recommendations Paper is built on the back of twelve months of extensive analysis and consultation with our game’s stakeholders. A number of independent reports produced by governance expert DHW Simpson framed the basis of 20 recommendations that were proposed and adopted by the FQ Board,” FQ President Ben Richardson said.

“Throughout the Future of Football 2020+ journey, the Queensland football community has clearly stated that the game needs to evolve and adapt to meet the changing landscape of sport and the growing needs of its participants.

“This is what our game deserves. Importantly, as the Future of Football 2020+ journey has so clearly confirmed, it is what the community demands of us. As the game’s temporary custodians, we must listen, we must unite, and we must move forward.”

“‘Football in Queensland United’ is more than a vision statement for Football Queensland. It is, above all else, a reflection of our drive to finally bind the entire game around a common future, with a common purpose and in common effort,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“It will inspire a shift away from costly, complex, restrictive and divisive administrative and governance practices and deliver a modern, responsive, efficient and effective framework through which football can truly flourish.

Following the release of the paper, Football Queensland will now conduct a series of consultations across the state with clubs, zones and stakeholders. The governing body will discuss the suggested implementations from the listed recommendations, detailing to interested parties the process of how they will transform the game’s governance, affordability, administration and competitions.

“We’re confident that by working in collaboration with the football community to implement these reforms, we can build a brighter future for football in Queensland and for all who are part of our game,” Cavallucci said.

“It is incumbent upon us all as stakeholders to be committed partners in progress, to align our efforts and to adopt the best-practice approaches that drive affordability and unlock new opportunities.”

The Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper can be viewed here.

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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.

Global Institute of Sport and former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor launch ‘study and play’ academy in Dubai

Global Institute of Sport (GIS) has announced an expansion into the Middle East by partnering with leading football performance specialists The Player, co-founded by former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

Aspiring footballers from across the globe can now study a GIS university degree and immerse themselves in an elite football environment with the stunning surroundings of Dubai.

The new ‘Study & Play: Dubai’ initiative provides footballers of all levels with an unprecedented opportunity to train and play in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of UEFA A licenced coaches. Alongside their football, students studying a specialist GIS online sports degree will receive local academic support, as well as be part of a global cohort of GIS students studying the same degree course.

Open to students from across the world to move to Dubai, successful applicants will be able to immerse themselves in the Middle East’s emerging football market, gain cutting-edge skills and apply for sports work placements that will shape their future both on and off the field.

The Player Co-Founder and former Newcastle United player Steven Taylor commented:

“This partnership with GIS offers a fantastic opportunity for young athletes. Education is one of our four main focuses at The Player, and we’re able to offer high level performance training alongside this education.”

Fellow The Player Co-Founder and UEFA A licenced coach Sam White added:

“We’re really proud to be introducing this partnership with Global Institute of Sport, and being able to offer young professionals and talented young athletes the opportunity to study a degree and play or work within the world of football in Dubai at the same time.”

GIS President and CEO Sharona Friedman stated:

“GIS was founded with the intention of bringing the best learning and education from the world of sport together so that students are able to graduate with a holistic understanding of best practice from around the globe.

“We are delighted to partner with The Player to provide an additional immersive opportunity for students to study and train in an elite football environment, whilst also bringing our education model to a new region, which will be at the forefront of sports business and performance for the decades to come.”

The GIS degrees available to study as part of this opportunity are:

All programmes are delivered entirely online with the exception of MSc Football Coaching & Analysis, which is largely online plus two residential weeks in either London, Miami or Melbourne.

For more information on Study & Play: Dubai, you can visit the link here: www.GIS.sport/dubai.

FIFA implement measures to protect female players and coaches

FIFA has announced several amendments to the current Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP). These changes have been approved by the FIFA Council by May 2024 and have been brought into effect from June 1.

These changes are majorly focused on women and the impact that menstruation and pregnancy have on their careers.

A meeting of key stakeholders and FIFA members resulted in these new regulations advancing the women’s game.

These include:

  • FIFA female players and coaches can now receive a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • A minimum of 8 weeks of paid absence for female coaches and players who adopt a child under the age of 2.
  • Also, a minimum of 8 weeks paid absence from the birth of the child if they are not the biological mother (for example same-sex parenthood).
  • Players are entitled to full remuneration if they are absent from training or games due to menstruation or pregnancy health reasons.
  • There is increased support for female players in contacting families during national team contexts to ease pressure on children and mothers.

FIFA Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Emilio García Silvero has commented on the recent changes:

“FIFA is committed to implementing a dynamic regulatory framework that is sound and suitable for the increasing needs of female players and coaches,” he said via media release.

“In order for the game to further flourish, it’s key that we have a holistic approach towards player well-being, including the legal aspects.”

This is a huge advancement in the game’s equality mission as FIFA has recognised and actively planned to ease the physical, psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and menstruation for women athletes.

These regulations fit Goal 2 in FIFA’s Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027, which describe the organisation’s commitment to exploring and implementing further safeguards for player and coach welfare.

FIFA Chief Football Women’s Officer Dame Sarai Bareman outlined the importance of placing women’s physical health in the legal and mainstream dialogue of the sport.

“When you’re playing sport for a living, and in a professional environment, we have to factor in that the female menstrual cycle can also impact on your ability to deliver within your role,” she added via media release.

“So, it’s important that we protect … those that are affected by their menstrual cycles in a way that it doesn’t put at risk their employment situation with their club and, ultimately, their ability to earn money.”

This announcement shows the players are becoming the major stakeholders in laws and regulations around their welfare.

This is an important strategy for the equality of the game by making sure that women’s sporting careers are not put on hold or impacted by their natural body function or raising a child.

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