Football Victoria releases History and Heritage website

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Football Victoria has released its dedicated History and Heritage website, comprising more than 100 pages of content that explores various aspects of the game over 140 years.

After 15 months of planning, design and research, the FV History and Heritage website brings together many of the stories that have laid the foundations of the game and honours the legacy of the pioneers that have achieved much over decorated and distinguished careers.

The FV History and Heritage website includes nine distinct sections:

  • History and Heritage News – Summary news feed.
  • FV Historical Committee – profiles on the current members of the Historical Committee, which has played a vital role in protecting football’s legacy in Victoria.
  • The Story of Football in Victoria – an abbreviated history of the game authored by esteemed historians Roy Hay and Ian Syson. Originally published in 2009, it has been updated and is now available for the first time in digital form.
  • Hall of Fame – detailed biographies on all 28 inductees to Football Victoria’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
  • Life Membership – short biographies on over 200 Life Members honoured by Football Victoria and its historical predecessor bodies.
  • Representative Teams – records for Football Victoria’s Senior Men’s and Women’s representative teams, including detailed match line-ups for stand-alone matches and full squads for national championship teams.
  • League and Cup Honours – the complete honour roll for the NPLM, NPLW, Dockerty Cup and Nike FC Cup, incorporating records dating back to 1909 and summaries of each competition.
  • Personal Honours – a comprehensive honour roll for Football Victoria’s top-flight personal honours, along with several historically significant awards.
  • FV Football History on Facebook – a link to Victoria’s Football History, a public group dedicated to sharing the game’s history with the football community.

The FV History and Heritage website was driven by historian John Punshon. Without official records, he took it upon himself to research the history of football in Victoria during the 1990s, spending thousands of hours at the State Library of Victoria trawling through local newspapers.

His efforts over a quarter of a century have brought a rich depth to the game’s statistical records, and he was formally recognised for his work earlier this year when honoured with Life Membership.

Football Victoria History and Heritage Coordinator, Tony Persoglia, is pleased these records are now available via one dedicated website.

“There have been various independent websites which have showcased these records in some form or another, but they have not always been easy to find and can be difficult to navigate,” he said via press release.

“Bringing together the work of some of our most dedicated historians such as John Punshon and Mark Boric, has enabled us to share a rich tapestry of our history with the broader football community.”

The History and Hertiage can be viewed here.

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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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