Football Victoria updates its Return to Training/Playing

Football Victoria has updated its Return to Training/Playing Conditions following Sport and Recreation Victoria’s (SRV) release of guidelines for the return to play for community sport.

In line with advice from SRV, junior and senior sport is treated differently. The Return to Training Conditions document provides guidelines for adult sport while the Return to Playing conditions document provides guidelines for junior sport.

Full contact training and competition can resume immediately for juniors including friendly matches. Non-contact training is permitted for senior sport.

Sport and Recreation Victoria stated that only non-contact training or competition was permitted, if at least one participant in a community sport was 19 years old or over.

“From mid-July, subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July,” they said.

Some changes also apply to both junior and adult sport. Clubrooms, change rooms and showers can now be reopened for use at training or games.

The SRV has said that the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. Football Victoria is permitting normal squad sizes to undertake training.

Spectators are also allowed at training or games. Groups of up to 10 people are permitted however social distancing protocols must be followed. The groups must also be spread out around the ground.

In its Returning to Training Conditions guidelines, Football Victoria said that the conditions in the document are mandatory to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Football Victoria’s priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the football community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal and Victorian State governments have announced a roadmap to cautiously reintroduce football in a staged approach,” they said.

“The first stage was a limited return to training. The second stage extended the number of players who could train. The third stage now splits player activity based on age.”

Football in Victoria will resume from early July. NPL Junior Boys are set to resume over 4th and 5th of July. NPL Junior Girls, Community Club Juniors and MiniRoos will resume over the 11th and 12th of July.

July 25-26 will see the the return of Football Victoria NPL Senior, VPLW, State League Seniors and Metropolitan/Masters leagues as part of the updated announcements.

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

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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