Football Victoria and School Sport Victoria unite to bring more football and Futsal to schools

Football Victoria (FV) have announced a significant partnership with School Sport Victoria (SSV) that will see opportunities to participate in football and futsal enhanced for school students across the state.

Pending COVID Safe guidelines, three tailor-made programs are set to kick-off in Term 4 which are designed for students of different ages and abilities to get involved in the world game.

FV CEO Kimon Taliadoros was excited to be teaming up with SSV to launch the initiatives, which will provide students a range of new and exciting pathways into football.

“Our partnership with School Sport Victoria continues to grow, with our united goal of providing more sporting opportunities for students, not only as players but as officials through our new Referees Academy program,” he said.

“With an objective of achieving 50/50 participation by 2027, the partnership with SSV enables us to provide equal access for boys and girls to kick-start a lifelong love of football for many who have not yet played our beautiful game.

“We look forward to guiding more young Victorians on their football journey.”

With the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand on the horizon, there has never been a better time for young women and girls to try football.

FV and SSV will partner to host Gala Days for primary school students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. These events will be exclusively girls-only so participants can shine in a fun and safe environment.

In addition, FV in conjunction with SSV are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from SSV Primary and Secondary Schools who wish to participate in ‘Futsal’ 5-A-Side Indoor Football competitions in 2021 and 2022.

The program will be kicking off in December with a Futsal Gala Day at La Trobe Sports Stadium located in Bundoora.

A Futsal Champions Cup is also being proposed for Runners-Up and Champions who qualify from any SSV Divisional and Regional Futsal events that can be held in 2021.

Finally, FV and SSV have offered their Refereeing Academy program to students who are aged between 15 and 18.

The program will take students through the Level 4 Refereeing Course, which includes an online component that teaches the laws of the game and a practical component, where students will be trained by a qualified instructor out on the pitch.

Football Victoria choose Veo to introduce video analysis technologies

Football Victoria announced a partnership with Veo Technologies, a global leader in AI-powered sports recording platforms.

FV will integrate Veo Technology and cameras across its internal departments, including technical teams and the referee department.

This collaboration brings advanced video analysis capabilities to all aspects of football operations within FV, including technical teams and the referee department.

FV have been searching for a new company to help with their modern football analytics capabilities and chose Veo after a rigorous and detailed process.

The company met FV’s requirements and standards for elite football analysis and both companies reflect a shared commitment to innovation and excellence in football analytics, benefiting the entire Victorian football landscape.

Veo is the simple and portable sports camera. In Veo, their goal is to help every player and team take their game and sport up a level. They do it with a camera that can automatically record and live-stream sport and a state-of-the-art analysis platform, all powered by AI.

With a combination of advanced AI technology and ease of use, Veo have made this whole process easy and available for everybody, and Veo has become a natural part of sport pitches worldwide.

In their statement, the company spoke about the overall target they want to hit with this partnership.

“Our goal is to also make VEO’s technology accessible to all clubs, players, and coaches, supporting the game’s progress in Victoria,” Veo said in a statement.

Paul Iliopoulos, FV Sponsorship & Events Manager, mentioned the importance of this partnership in improving the quality of coaching and football development in the state.

“VEO’s cameras are a crucial asset for coaches, players, and clubs. This partnership will provide valuable options and benefits, enhancing education and development in football analytics across the Victorian football community,” he said in a statement.

This partnership will mainly benefit the local clubs in Victoria with an affordable deal set that will allow easier access to the fantastic technology.

Through the partnership, FV members are eligible for A$300 discount off a Veo Cam 2, this offer is eligible with the purchase of a 1 or 2-year subscription for a team or club.

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Football Victoria celebrates establishment between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC

A striking partnership has been established between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC, with the Western United affiliated club to play 11 home fixtures at Keilor Lodge Reserve.

The Club Changer Club Development Program, an incentive created in 2023 to assist clubs fostering and strengthening inclusive environments for multiple diverse communities within society to participate in football, supports the growth of women’s football, among many other ranges of football within the country.

Last year, all federation members dedicated a strong focus upon women and young females in football as a main element of their Legacy 23 campaign. This enables club development officers across the state to work in conjunction with clubs in order to foster a positive football experience within female football, both on and off the field.

In this facility sharing partnership, Sydenham Park SC vice-president Davis Lisolajski showcased his clubs enthusiasm.

“When we learned that they were without a home venue, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out and assist,” he said via press release.

“Women’s football holds significant importance for us at Sydenham, and we believe this partnership will benefit our young girls and both senior women’s teams. They will witness professionalism first-hand during match days.”

Calder United SC President Amanda Stella expressed excitement towards developing a sustained and effective partnership to spearhead National Premier League Women’s football to Sydenham Park in 2024.

“The support from Sydenham Park President Nick and Vice President David, along with the broader Sydenham Park community, is greatly appreciated, and we eagerly anticipate playing our senior and 20s home games for the 2024 season at Sydenham Park,” she added via media release.

“A special acknowledgment to Football Victoria’s Josephine La Pila for her work with both clubs to achieve an outcome that promotes collaboration among football clubs for the betterment of our beloved sport.”

Football Victoria have endorsed the partnership between these two growing clubs within female football across the state.

With Calder United establishing themselves as a competitive club amongst the NPLW competition, the partnership allowing the club between the Western United sister club and Sydenham puts a focus upon both sides allowing their playing and coaching staff to use one of the best pitch surfaces within the north-western district of Melbourne. The use of these highly elite facilities will allow them to have an advantage, perhaps being the difference in furthering themselves away from their competitors.

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