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Four Victorians selected in Young Matildas squad

Football Victoria have congratulated four Victorians who have been called up to play for the Young Matildas in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship.

Claudia Mihocic, Teresa Morrissey, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Chelsea Blissett will represent Australia in the tournament which runs from October 27 – November 9 in Chonburi, Thailand.

16-year-old Mihocic was chosen after an excellent performance in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship with the Junior Matildas in September.

All players from Victoria progressed through the state’s NTC program and/or the local NPLW.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the semi-finals, with the top three sides in the tournament earning one of the Asian qualification slots for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Young Matildas arrived in Thailand yesterday after a brief four-day camp in Sydney.

Coach Leah Blayney believes the team she has chosen will push for qualification to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup next year.

“We believe that with the squad we have going to this tournament we are a strong chance of earning Australia qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time since 2006.”

Australia will play against DPR Korea, Thailand and Vietnam in Group A with their first game on Sunday.

The squad and match details are listed below.

Westfield Young Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship

NAME
Morgan AQUINO (Gk)
Chelsea BLISSETT
Kyra COONEY-CROSS
Deborah DE LA HARPE
Shadeene EVANS
Ciara FOWLER
Mary FOWLER
Charlotte GRANT
Abbey GREEN
Annie GROVE (Gk)
Emily HODGSON
Angelique HRISTODOULOU
Princess IBINI
Aideen KEANE
Rachel LOWE
Claudia MIHOCIC
Teressa MORRISSEY (Gk)
Courtney NEVIN
Hollie PALMER
Susan PHONSONGKHAM
Indiah-Paige RILEY
Karly ROESTBAKKEN
Tessa TAMPLIN

Westfield Young Matildas Upcoming Matches for 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship

DPR Korea v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Location: IPE Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 8.00pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Thailand
Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Location: Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local); 11.00pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Vietnam
Date: Saturday, 2 November 2019
Location: IPE Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 8.00pm (AEDT)

 

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.

Optus Sport to stream Football Victoria’s Nike F.C. Cup Final

Nike F.C. Cup

Football Victoria have made the exciting announcement that Optus Sport will yet again stream the Nike F.C. Cup Final in 2022.

Optus Sport have been the home of the English Premier League in Australia since 2016, and are also home to LaLiga, the Women’s Super League, K-League, J-League and the EURO’s.

The Cup Final will be held on Sunday afternoon, when South Melbourne takes on Calder United at Valley Park Events Centre, Broadmeadows.

Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros applauded Optus Sport’s commitment and acknowledged their continued support of the local game in a statement released by Football Victoria.

“The appetite for women’s football is growing exponentially and we thank Optus Sport for their elevation of the Nike F.C. Cup again in 2022,” he said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that subscribers across the nation can experience the quality football that the two teams will deliver on Sunday.”

Match coverage starts at 3.30pm AEDT, with the final kicking off at 4pm this Sunday.

Coverage will also be provided for non-subscribers on NPL.TV and Football Victoria’s Facebook and YouTube.

Customers can watch Optus Sport on their favourite screens and devices via Fetch, Apple TV, Android TV compatible Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, compatible Samsung Smart TVs or desktop, or on-the-go via tablet, mobile, or laptop.

FC Bayern and Adobe partner to power the club’s digital transformation

Bayern and Adobe

FC Bayern, one of the world’s most historic and successful football clubs, have announced a multi-year partnership with Adobe to power the club’s digital transformation.

The agreement will bring new, personalised experiences to its millions of current and future global fans – both on and offline – while driving greater efficiency and more sustainable business practices through Adobe’s enterprise solutions.

With a rapidly growing global fanbase, FC Bayern is passionate about connecting fans to their favourite club in new ways. Adobe’s technology will provide FC Bayern the ability to better understand its fans to create more engaging and individualised sports experiences.

Adobe Experience Cloud, including Adobe’s customer data platform, will help FC Bayern create fan profiles to better understand how supporters engage with the brand and ensure they enjoy a more personal relationship with their favourite teams. This means the overall matchday experience will be enhanced for fans, giving supporters real-time notifications at their fingertips including merchandising discounts, video content and last-minute ticket availability.

With more digital experiences across platforms, channels and devices, FC Bayern fans will never miss a moment whether they are at the Arena, on the go or in the comfort of their home. For example, when a goal is scored fans will receive content on their preferred channel to celebrate the moment in real time, as well as post-match video commentary and highlights.

FC Bayern will also use Adobe Document Cloud, including Adobe Acrobat Sign, to digitise collaboration with fans, employees and partners. With Document Cloud, activities like signing up for memberships or executing player agreements will be quick and secure, while reducing environmental impact.

“Today’s FC Bayern fan is digitally savvy and craves new ways to get closer to our club and players, which is why we aim to create sustainable and lasting interactions that bring matchday excitement to our millions of passionate fans across the world,” FC Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn in a statement.

“We’re investing in a long-term digital strategy with Adobe’s breadth of enterprise applications at the core of our technology, to deepen how our fans engage with the club and to inspire the next generation of fans for years to come.

“FC Bayern has millions of fans around the world, and they are at the forefront of revolutionising fan experiences,” said Anil Chakravarthy, president of Digital Experience Business at Adobe. “With this partnership, FC Bayern will create more personalised experiences to enable fans to celebrate the passion and heart of the club wherever they may be.”

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