Football Victoria praise the success of the Oromo Soccer Tournament

Passionate football fans gathered in Melbourne earlier this year for the Oromo Sports Federation Australia’s (OSFA) Oromo Soccer Tournament.

Passionate football fans gathered in Melbourne earlier this year for the Oromo Sports Federation Australia’s (OSFA) Oromo Soccer Tournament, an annual event which has been looked back on by Football Victoria as a resounding success.

Originally set to take place in July 2020, the tournament was delayed due to enforced lockdowns and restrictions invoked by the COVID-19 epidemic. The event ended up taking place at Kensington’s J.J. Holland Park between December 30th and January 2nd of this year.

The OSFA represent the Oromo diaspora in Australia with the intention of fostering a communal connection in Melbourne and across the country. The Oromo people are a group who hail predominantly from Ethiopia and Kenya, countries where football is undoubtedly the number one sport.

Featuring teams Victoria-wide, the tournament brought together a huge contingent of enthusiastic football participants and fans, all of whom relished the opportunity to come together through a celebration of culture and a shared love of the game.

The tournament’s running was a testament to Football Victoria’s dedication to promoting diversity and multiculturalism, as the state’s footballing body provided equipment such as match balls, bibs and other gameday items which ensured the event’s organisers were well supported and prepared.

OSFA President Fatah Harun was delighted by the tournament’s outcome, acknowledging Football Victoria’s assistance in assuring that the tournament could go ahead.

“We really appreciate Football Victoria’s hard work, commitment and dedication to helping the Oromo Sports Federation’s soccer tournament. It was a huge success, especially with the COVID-19 restrictions in place,” he said.

“We thank Football Victoria for everything you have done. Our community was delighted and we cannot wait to work with you in future endeavours!”

Football Victoria’s Executive Manager of Growth & Inclusion Karen Pearce extended her congratulations and praise to the Oromo Sports Federation, whilst promising continued support of the tournament in the future with the intention to see it grow.

“Football Victoria is proud to be able to play a small part in this tournament as it reflects our core values of being an inclusive sport, as well as providing football pathways for people from the Oromo Australian Community,” she said.

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


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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