Football Queensland to Establish a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council

Football Queensland have been consistently hitting their Strategic Plan targets over the past few months.

A week ago, they made a great commitment to enhancing and promoting the junior and women’s game on the Sunshine Coast.

Last Friday, they announced they would begin a number of processes leading towards the formation of a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council.

The full media release can be found below:

Football Queensland (FQ) has today announced it will commence a search for participants to establish an FQ Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council.

The announcement follows the release of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland, which outlines a focus on delivering high-quality, accessible football experiences to provide opportunities for more Queenslanders to be part of the game.

The FQ Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council will support the delivery of the Q-League competition and other new initiatives focused on growing and supporting multicultural football across Queensland.

FQ was proud to be recognised as a finalist at the 2019 Queensland Multicultural Awards for the Minister’s Choice Award for outstanding engagement as part of the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador Program.

The nomination followed FQ’s 2018 award in the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador category for the Welcome to the Game program.

FQ has since appointed a full-time Game Participation Officer – Inclusion to focus on the planning, development and implementation of inclusive programs state-wide.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said the FQ Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council would support the implementation of new initiatives to engage culturally diverse communities in Queensland.

“We want to celebrate Queensland’s cultural diversity and continue growing the game by providing opportunities for all Queenslanders to participate in football, regardless of their cultural background, gender or ability,” Cavallucci said.

“The establishment of the FQ Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Council will allow us to better engage with culturally diverse communities to ensure we are improving the experience for all involved in the game in Queensland.”

*ENDS*

Once again, Robert Cavallucci and Football Queensland have analysed the current market perfectly and the introduction of such a council would do wonders.

Australia is becoming an increasingly more culturally diverse country by the minute. The introduction of this council would allow many aspiring footballers greater access to the sport they love.

Australia is becoming an increasingly more culturally diverse country by the minute. The introduction of this council would allow many aspiring footballers greater access to the sport they love.

Queensland has especially excelled in this area in recent times.

As stated in their media release, they were a finalist at the 2019 Queensland Multicultural Awards for the Minister’s Choice Award for outstanding engagement as part of the Multicultural Queensland Ambassador Program.

As of right now, they are leading the way for everyone else when it comes to making waves and changing the landscape for soccer off the field.

Australia’s national soccer teams are a great example of just how culturally diverse we are becoming as a sporting nation.

Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil are both capped Socceroos and both are of South Sudanese descent. Most recently, Al Hassan Toure of the Olyroos, born on Guinea, helped the Australian under 23 side qualify for the Olympics later this year.

We can’t wait to see what Graham Arnold and our next generation of Socceroos can do against the best in the world in Tokyo, later this year.

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Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

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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