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Football Queensland’s Paula Robinson appointed as QAS chair

Football Queensland’s newly-elected Board Director Paula Robinson has been appointed as Chair of the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS).

Established in May 1991, the QAS are a Queensland Government initiative which supports both elite and developing athletes in the state.

“On behalf of Football Queensland I’d like to congratulate Paula Robinson on her appointment as Chair of the Queensland Academy of Sport,” Football Queensland President Ben Richardson said.

“Our most recently elected Board Director, Paula is a leading sports lawyer who has worked on major sporting events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Invictus Games.

“Not only is Paula highly credentialed, but she is also well respected amongst members of the Queensland sporting community, and her appointment as Chair of the QAS is fantastic news for sport in our state and credit to her achievements in her field.

“Football Queensland maintains a strong relationship with the Queensland Academy of Sport, offering a full-time training and playing program for the state’s most promising young female players with the support of the QAS.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Queensland Academy of Sport to develop elite talent from around the state in the years to come.”

Robinson was elected to Football Queensland’s Board of Directors on July 29, alongside the re-election of Richardson.

Robinson has added a wealth of experience as an award-winning lawyer with over a decade’s worth of work in that field, while she also has 13 years’ experience in areas such as executive management, marketing and business development.

Upon arriving at Football Queensland, her other roles included being Executive Director of boutique legal and corporate services firm Ailier Pty Ltd and the Vice President of Tennis Queensland.

“I’m delighted to be elected to the Football Queensland Board of Directors and look forward to joining an organisation that is committed to growing football across the state, and providing opportunities for everyone to be part of the game,” Robinson said when joining Football Queensland.

Football Queensland’s Board of Directors features Robinson, Glenn Smith, Tony Davis, Jon McKain, Jackie Knight and Amy Chapman – headed by Richardson as President.

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

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

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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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