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Football Queensland to assess impact of National Second Division

Football Queensland’s Future of Football 2020+ state-wide consultations will investigate the viability, possible structure and application of a National Second Division.

The governing body’s (competition reform) consultations will also assess the impact on the game in Queensland, if a national second tier were to eventuate.

In a statement on Football Queensland’s website, CEO Robert Cavallucci explained what the organisation was trying to achieve.

“Through consultation with Queensland clubs, it is imperative that we explore what is economically sustainable and determine appropriate national models that lead to an understanding of the most competitive and optimal pathway for all of Queensland’s footballers,” he said.

“FQ’s competition reform consultations have been designed to improve our understanding of how we can build a football pyramid and unlock the opportunity for Queensland’s aspirational clubs by delivering connected competitions for the 317 clubs and 180,000 participants for which FQ is responsible.

“Member federations have the responsibility for promotion and relegation into and out of leagues based within each state alongside the governance of several other critical aspects of competition that the success of any potential NSD consideration is contingent upon, one that could ultimately be endorsed by the FFA and connected within the federated system.

“As the Member federation, FQ will assemble a number of NSD models, consider their viability, benefits and the impacts each has on FQ’s ability to deliver connected competitions across the state’s own football pyramid for the benefit of Queensland clubs in a national context.

“Feeding directly into any proposed model will be FQ’s deep insights into the financial and commercial sophistication and the levels of governance and administrative competency of every NPL club through existing compliance audits and the recently undertaken 81 criteria technical assessment by FQ’s Club Development Unit into the technical football outcomes achieved by clubs.

“FQ has already received feedback from thousands of stakeholders during the consultation process, club summits and surveys since launching the Future of Football 2020+ reform journey in May and there is clear appetite for promotion and relegation within a thriving, sustainable and connected competitive environment in Queensland.

“FQ’s strategic plan shows a commitment to driving the game towards that vision and we look forward to engaging all Queensland clubs, participants and football community members to ensure everyone can have their say, just as we have done right throughout the Future of Football 2020+ initiative,” Cavallucci concluded.

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.

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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