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Football Victoria Community Awards 2019 nominations now open

Football Victoria is made possible because of the thousands of volunteers, administrators, coaches, referees and clubs that each have inspirational individuals who dedicate their time to the sport.

A statement from the Football Victoria can be found here:

The Football Victoria Community Awards 2019 provide us with an opportunity to shine a light on these community heroes for all the work they do. It is their contribution that bring football fans and players even closer to the game. We are excited to share these celebrations with you all again. The awards recognise those in our football community who embrace diversity and champion inclusive practices at all levels,” said Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos.

WHY NOMINATE

  • Increase public awareness of your volunteers, club and programs
  • Be recognised as an outstanding leader in community football
  • Share your success story with the rest of the Victorian Football community
  • Winners and their guest will be invited to the Community in Business celebration on Friday 25 October at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields

There are seven categories for the awards including:

Metropolitan Club of the Year

This award recognises a community metropolitan football club that exemplifies the vision as a sport for all Victorians. They actively create welcoming and inclusive environments through good governance, dedicated volunteers and are committed to engaging with people from all walks of life.

Nominations for this category are sought from football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne.

Nominate here

 

Regional Club of the Year

This award recognises a regional football club that exemplifies the vision as a sport for all Victorians. They actively create welcoming and inclusive environments through good governance, dedicated volunteers and are committed to engaging with people from all walks of life.

Nominations for this category are sought from football clubs across rural and regional Victoria.

Nominate here

 

ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off Site of the Year

This award acknowledges outstanding delivery of the ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off program, that gives juniors the best possible entry into football providing a fun, safe and inclusive experience for all participants.

We encourage nominations from all our ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off sites.

Nominate here

 

Partner Organisation of the Year

This award recognises a stakeholder that has provided significant support to ensure all Victorians, no matter their gender or background, have the chance to get involved in football.

Futsal sport centres, local government, schools, community organisations and delivery partners are encouraged to nominate.

Nominate here

 

Volunteer of the Year

This award celebrates a member of the football community who has made an exceptional contribution to improving the game and supporting others to become actively involved in football.

We welcome nominations from all forms of football including clubs, futsal, NPL and Walking football.

Nominate here

 

Community Female Coach of the Year

This award goes to a female coach who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of football.

We encourage nominations from all formats of the game, junior and senior, male and female competitions, ALDI MiniRoos, Futsal and representative teams.

Nominate here

 

Community Male Coach of the Year

This award goes to a male coach who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of football.

We encourage nominations from all formats of the game, junior and senior, male and female competitions, ALDI MiniRoos, Futsal and representative teams.

Nominate here

 


 

We encourage everyone involved in football to consider nominating someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the game and inspired, motivated or supported others over the past year.

It’s a fantastic way to say thank you.

Eligibility

Entries are invited from individuals, clubs, competitions, stakeholders and partner organisations who contribute to the delivery of football in Victoria. We want to recognise and reward all the amazing work taking place across the state including the desire to embrace diversity and make football a sport for all Australians.

Click here to see nomination eligibility, assessment criteria and other important details

Key Dates
Nominations Open Friday 30 August 2019
Nominations Close Tuesday 24 September 2019
Nominations shortlisted Friday 27 September 2019
Independent Judges assess and Winners Thursday 4 October 2019
Winners notified Tuesday 8 October 2019
Awards Presentation / CIB Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields Friday 25 October 2019
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Player sentiment up, average age down: PFA releases annual report

Sentiment is well and truly up for A-League players, according to the annual Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) report.

This time last year, only 33% of A-League players felt confident about the direction of their football careers.

According to the PFA’s latest annual report, that number is now 56%.

Of the A-League’s 312 players, 200 responded to the 2020/21 A-League survey, capturing 70% of the current cohort, with the results proving that even despite the ongoing turbulence and uncertainty of COVID-19, the majority of players feel much more confident about their futures within the game.

The report highlights that Australian players actively want to remain in the A-League, as opposed to seeking opportunities overseas.

The key numbers that demonstrate this include:

  • 55% of players said they would like to stay playing in the A-League next season, up from 45% last year.
  • 56% of players are confident about the direction of their football careers, compared to 33% in 2019/20.
  • Only 4% of players would move to an overseas league even if it was for similar money and/or playing standard.
  • Only 16% of players who would prefer to move to an overseas league would only do so if the money and standards were better.

Other highlights of the report include that the average A-League player is getting younger.

Over the last 14 years, the average age of the A-League player has consistently trended upwards.

In 2020/21, however, this changed and the average age trended downwards, dropping from 27.6 to 25.1.

The number of players utilised in the A-League who were aged 21 and under came in at 107, representing 35% of the 300 players who received A-League minutes during the 2020/21 season.

The youngest squads on average belonged to Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United, with average ages of 23.6 and 23.9 years respectively.

Another highlight was the fact that of the league’s 312 contracted players, 300 received A-League minutes.

“These reports have been immensely valuable, helping the PFA and the players better understand the industry in which they are employed, monitor the application of high-performance standards, assess technical progress and survey the players’ experience,” PFA Co-Chief Executive Beau Busch said of the report.

“For the last five years, we have been able to utilise these reports to formulate evidence-based positions to improve the environments in which our members work through collective bargaining.

“Promisingly, after a period of significant uncertainty, the players have indicated that they are more confident in the direction of their careers and the future of the competition than this time last year, signifying a positive shift in the perception of the A-League.”

The report also highlights the fact that A-League attendances were the lowest ever in the competition, thanks in large part to COVID-19, with an average attendance of 5,660.

Foreign players in the league reduced by 12 to a total of 51, whilst the average salary in the A-League is $136,791.

Access the full report HERE.

DFL and AWS introduce two new Match Facts to Bundesliga coverage

Bundesliga analysis

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.”

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