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Football Victoria in talks with Optus Sport and Kayo

CEO of Football Victoria (FV) Peter Filopoulos has revealed FV are in discussions with Optus Sport and Foxtel subsidiary streaming service Kayo Sports.

Speaking recently on the For Vuck’s Sake podcast, Filopoulos claimed FV’s broadcast strategy to live stream all NPL Victoria games was creating an abundance of content.

“Part of our ambition was that we are going to have heaps of content for a Kayo or an Optus,” he said.

“These platforms now are subscription-based platforms who are constantly going to look at curating content.

“Pleasingly, we are now in firm discussions with Optus and Kayo Sports in ways they can capitalise on that content with weekly shows … on their platforms.

“That’s the whole motivation around it and I think we need to innovate.”

Filopoulos confirmed the governing body was also looking to create its own over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, after encouraging viewing numbers for the start of the NPL Victoria season.

“We’ve got over 40,000 unique viewers every week now,” Filopoulos said.

“We’re also evolving the product and we’re currently experimenting with our own OTT platform, so that we can transition the broadcast away from other people’s platforms and onto ours.

“So [moving] away from Facebook and YouTube and [directing it] through our own OTT platform, similar to the way Netflix is delivered to the consumer.

“We are experimenting with that at the moment and hopefully that’s not too far away.

“Once we have our own platform, we can control our own destiny.”

NPL Victoria Men, Women and U20’s games are currently streamed on the NPL Victoria Facebook and YouTube social channels.

South Melbourne FC, one of the clubs heavily involved in a push for a national second division, registered over 10,000 Facebook views on NPL Victoria’s live stream of their game against Eastern Lions on Sunday. The YouTube view count for the match was over 5,300.

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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.

COVID-19 test for FIFA Club World Cup tickets

Fans will have to return a negative COVID-19 test result in order to receive a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 as part of strict precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Fans will have to return a negative COVID-19 test result in order to receive a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 as part of strict precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

The announcements of virus measures were made by tournament organisers at a media briefing in Doha on Saturday.

“Fans will have to undergo rapid PCR or antigen tests up to 72 hours before each match. If it comes out negative they are allowed to receive their ticket,” Sport affairs adviser to Qatar’s health ministry, Abdulwahab Al Musleh said.

Fans from overseas will also be unable to attend the Club World Cup while public events such as fan zones will not occur.

Crowds will be limited to 30 percent capacity at the grounds for the tournament – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium. At full capacity both stadiums can host up to 40,000 people.

Use of Qatar’s contract tracing app alongside, social distancing, mask wearing and sanitiser will be mandatory for spectators at the tournament.

FIFA said that it would work with the authorities in Qatar to provide “the safeguards required to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the competition”.

After originally being scheduled to be played in December 2020 the FIFA Club World Cup was postponed to February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament will be played between February 4 and 11 and features six teams – Al-Duhail SC (Qatar), Al Ahly SC (Egypt), FC Bayern Munich (Germany), Ulsan Hyundai FC (South Korea), Tigres UANL (Mexico) and the Copa Libertadores (South America) champions will compete in the World Cup.

Auckland City were due to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup but withdrew as a result of COVID-19 quarantine requirements put in place by New Zealand authorities.

The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 is also set to be the first international competition to test concussion substitutes.

“FIFA will implement a protocol in which each team will be permitted to use a maximum of one concussion substitute in a match; this substitution will be able to be made regardless of the number of substitutes already used,” FIFA said in a statement.

Football Queensland launches new futsal competition

Football Queensland is welcoming expressions of interest from futsal clubs across the sunshine state, for the launch of a new competition for the small-sided game, titled the F-League.

The league will be run for both men and women in a conference style, with kick off set for March of this year.

“In the 2020-2022 Futsal Strategy, Football Queensland outlined its plan to launch the F-League as part of our clear vision for futsal in Queensland,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“This new competition connects and integrates our futsal and football clubs while serving as the highest level of competitive futsal in Queensland.

“It opens up new opportunities for affiliated football clubs who meet certain criteria, to improve their club offering, increase their membership and get more kids playing futsal by establishing a futsal program with futsal-focused players.

“With Northern, Central and SEQ competition conferences planned, FQ is committed to unlocking the opportunity futsal presents to deliver participation growth throughout the state.”

The F-League is set to replace the SEQ Futsal Premier League for men and women, running throughout the year in an annual two-season structure.

“This is an important step in the development of futsal in Queensland,” FQ Futsal Participation Officer Trevor Edwards said.

“The F-League enables futsal to flourish all year long as we build a stronger and more sustainable competition framework.”

Football Queensland advises clubs who are interested to complete the online EOI form here by this Friday.

ChyronHego: Delivering sport performance technology worldwide

ChyronHego is renowned as a worldwide leader for sport performance technology, working with professional teams, leagues, coaches and stadia.

ChyronHego is renowned as a global leader for sport performance technology, working with professional teams, leagues, coaches and stadia worldwide. 

Their massive client list features some of the biggest names in football, including league-wide deals with the Premier League, and the top two divisions of German Bundesliga.  

ChyronHego have proven themselves to be the number one choice as a tracking provider for technological advancement. They’ve been collaborating with both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, as well as being the preferred supplier for the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. 

All this major success is largely due to ChyronHego’s award winning solution, TRACAB Optical Tracking. This data capturing offers quality, accurate and reliable data. The essence of this system is to determine the positions of every player on the pitch, along with referees and even the ball. The data will then be outputted live, giving real-time X, Y and Z positional coordinates.  

TRACAB data has been a go-to source for clubs, federations and broadcasters across the world who are looking at ways to access new detailed metrics related to players and teams. The open streamed format of the data is key to making it a real success and offers a more detailed interpretation for finding out what contributes to elite performance in professional football. 

With key information on hand, it allows club sport scientists, conditioning staff and performance analysts to make more informed decisions on the following: 

  • Player recovery protocols and training/match loads. 
  • Benchmark against previous performances. 
  • Benchmark against fellow league performers. 
  • Benchmark against league averages. 
  • Positional awareness evaluation. 
  • Tactical team assessment. 
  • Player pressure values. 
  • Physical metrics in and out of possession. 
  • Interrogate data in ways that suit clients’ needs. 

In 2019, ChyronHego introduced TRACAB Gen5, further enhancing the quality of data collection. Significant improvements were made in tracking quality and accuracy, driven by completely redesigned algorithms, a richer array of camera angles, and powerful new AI features for player, number, and colour recognition. 

“TRACAB has always been the most accurate sports tracking system in the world, but with TRACAB Gen5 we’ve made it exponentially better,” president of sports at ChyronHego, Rickard Öhrn said 

“We’ve overhauled and improved our AI-based image detection tracking algorithms from the ground up to ensure maximum accuracy and the lowest latency. 

“We’re combining these advanced algorithms with multiple high-resolution camera angles, which means we can deliver the highest quality data feed on the market ­— in real-time — and provide an even greater value for leagues, federations and teams, betting companies, broadcasters, and OTT rights holders producing virtual graphics and enhancements for better fan engagement.” 

TRACAB Gen5 has a distributed camera architecture where cameras can be deployed on both sides of the field and behind each goal to capture action from four different angles.  

The flexibility that is offered from the system of multiple camera views allows Gen5 to track every object on the field at a much higher resolution. By stitching and utilising these camera views within TRACAB’s industry-leading computer vision algorithms, Gen5 is able to deliver the highest accuracy of ball and player tracking data in the global sports market.  

The accuracy of player identities is increased through TRACAB Gen5’s AI capabilities, that enables the system to recognise and distinguish player numbers and jersey colours from any angle. Where preferred by clients, this capability also allows for the removal of operators from on-site operations. 

Coach Paint plays a massive part in displaying the data that comes from TRACAB. It supports teams, coaches, pundits, and producers in creating world-class video assets using live, pre and post-game footage. You would see it in sports broadcasts such as Monday Night Football from the UK. 

The use of Coach Paint has revolutionised the way clubs can present video to players. Coach Paint clients have included Premier League’s Chelsea and Arsenal, Serie A’s Juventus and a variety of clubs in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Turkey, Israel, Qatar, America, Brazil, Argentina and Thailand, to showcase the worldwide reach.  

Coach Paint is also highly adaptable, having been adopted in Rugby Union, Rugby League, NHL, NFL and MLB. 

The graphics presented by Coach Paint will give insights to coaching staff and managers who can then communicate it with players, whether it be live or pre-recorded. This is essential for any coaches looking to implement game plans and develop a players’ positional awareness.

For professional sport clubs, having access to this information on a regular basis is vital for the training ground or on game day. 

To see more on ChyronHego including their latest news and innovations, you can find it here. 

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