Football Victoria reveal discipline report for 2019 season

Football Victoria have released their 2019 Discipline End of Season Report.

This report showcases disciplinary issues throughout the 2019 season, as well as highlighting trends in relation to categories such as Misconduct, Tribunals, Red and Yellow Cards.

These were some of the key findings from the report:


  • There was a total of 360 misconduct charges in 2019
  • There was a 70% increase in misconduct charges heard at the tribunal
  • Only 29% of those misconduct charges were against players


  • 54% increase in the number of tribunals held
  • A total of 63 tribunals took place in 2019
  • 37% were incidents that occurred at junior fixtures (up from 27% in 2018)

Red Cards

  • 31% increase in offensive, insulting, abusive or intimidating language or gestures
  • 21% decrease in the number of offences against match officials
  • 7% increase in the number of red cards handed out
  • 1601 red card offences
  • 73% of red cards were issued at junior fixtures

Yellow Cards

  • 11,480 yellow cards
  • 16% decrease in yellow cards on the 2018 season
  • 2017 and 2018 had over 13,000 yellow cards issued in each season respectively
  • 2019 saw yellow cards for team officials introduced in the NPL. This led to a dramatic reduction in expulsions from the technical area for team officials. (96 in 2018 – 60 in 2019)

Serious sanctions in 2019

  • There were a number of long-term suspensions in 2019, including three life bans. There weren’t any life bans issued in 2018. One 10-year ban and ten 2-year bans added to the list of serious sanctions in the 2019 season.
  • 84 points were deducted from teams across Victoria (not including suspended penalties) – a 75% increase on the 2018 season (some of these deductions affected league championships and promotion and relegation)
  • Fines for misconduct/tribunals in the amount of $103,475.

The full copy of the report can be viewed here.


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.

Sydney FC members to pick and choose membership packs in 2021/22

Sydney FC has introduced an Aussie-first membership platform, with members to gain more control over the customisation of their membership packs.

Sydney FC has introduced an Australian-first membership platform, with members to gain more control over the customisation of their membership packs.

The club and its membership products provider, TPF Sports, will greatly increase member satisfaction and reduce environmental impact. Sydney FC members who sign up for the 2021/22 season will have credits put onto their accounts, allowing them to choose from a variety of Membership card designs and, depending on their package, a variety of personalised items.

Each merchandising item may be customised with different colours and names, allowing for unique bundles based on age, gender, product choice, artwork style, personalisation, years of tender, and a variety of other factors.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend hailed the announcement as a big step forward for how the club engages with its members.

“Our new eMber+ platform is a huge step forward and once again Sydney FC is proud to be leading the way in Member engagement,” he said via a club statement,” he said.

“Gone are the days of receiving the same standard Membership pack as everyone else.

“Now you can tailor your package to suit your preferences and how you wish to support the Sky Blues.

“There’s a fantastic range of customisable merchandise available and I know I’m looking forward to my delivery in the coming weeks.”

TPF Sports Director Craig Dyer explains the move is a worldwide first and one of the benefits of the move would be the reduced environmental impact of membership packs, thanks largely in part to the fact that members will only receive merchandise they actually want.

“There are iterations of loyalty and rewards platforms globally,” he said.

“But to the best of our knowledge from 18 to 20 months of development and research, we believe this is the first-ever platform of its kind and certainly the first for sport and membership-based programs.

“Our vision in developing the platform is to revolutionise the long-standing pre-determined assignment of resources to Members by assigning credit. This allows them to redeem merchandise and entitlements they deem relevant to them.

“This platform also has a strong environmental slant, as we are only supplying merchandise and delivering this merchandise to Members who want to redeem it.

“Additionally, almost every product is on-demand, meaning we receive Members’ selection based on products and artwork, print them with selected artwork and personalisation, pick, pack and fulfil directly to the Members door.”

Football NSW grants webinar to aid clubs and associations


Football NSW in conjunction with ‘The Grants Guy’ are set to premiere a free Grants Zoom online webinar next Wednesday (September 22) at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

FNSW clubs and associations will be provided with valuable information through the grants webinar, especially for applying for funding which have assisted many teams in the past in their pursuit of seeking facility upgrades amongst various other beneficial elements.

The webinar will provide a practical guide to grant writing for any football club seeking to attain funding by applying for the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund and the Regional Sport Facility Fund in particular.

Both grants will be explained through the practical step by step webinar, and guidance will be provided as to how to apply for the Grants.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • How to apply for the grant – the do’s and don’ts
  • Eligibility & Answering the Question
  • Project Assessment, Evaluation, Rationale, Methodology
  • Budget & Acquittal
  • Getting Grant Ready and Planning your Club’s Application

For the Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund, the second and final round of the $100 million grant is available, with grants of up to $1 million offered to sport and recreation organisations and councils.

In Round 2, up to $46 million is available for projects that improve sports facilities and recreational spaces and enable more people to participate in sport and active recreation.

Grants from $100,000 up to $1 million are available for a range of projects including lighting, amenity buildings, clubrooms, change rooms and grandstands.

Round 1 resulted in $54 million awarded for 91 projects, with over $10 million awarded to football projects.

Round 2 is the final round of the program with applications closing at 12pm, on October 8, 2021.

Register for the webinar today by clicking here.

For any further questions please contact Football NSW’s Government Relation, Infrastructure and Funding Manager Daniel Ristic via email on danielr@footballfacilities.com.au.

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