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Geelong regional soccer centre a step closer to reality

The City of Greater Geelong Council has committed $50,000 towards a feasibility and business plan for the development of a new regional soccer centre.

The City of Greater Geelong has committed $50,000 of its budget towards a feasibility and business plan for the development of a new regional soccer centre, with hopes that funding from federal and state governments could make the multi-million dollar facility a reality.

Councillor Kylie Grzybek said that while other regional areas like Shepparton and Ballarat have regional soccer centres, Geelong is missing out on opportunities without one of their own.

“We’ve been missing out in Geelong, and want to have the opportunity to host all types of soccer events, even rugby events, country championships, Croatian Cups, A-League and W-League. For example, when the World Cup comes we could host a team. We feel we have been missing out,” she said.

Grzybek explains this is a continuation of the council’s support for the world game, and the new facility was a part of her election campaign.

“It shows a dedication to the fastest growing sport in the country. Council has over the past 4 years invested heavily in soccer across the region, we are talking from female-friendly change rooms, lighting projects, to new pitches and clubs, trying to support the game generally,” she added.

Councillor Eddy Kontelj revealed that the idea for a regional soccer centre of Geelong has been in the pipeline since 2010, and the focus on soccer-specific infrastructure could make it a reality.

“It’s taken a while to get the level where we could seriously consider it, in the past decade there hasn’t been a lot of infrastructure work and investment at the local level, because the Geelong area has not had as much focus on soccer-specific facilities until now,” he said.

Cr Grzybek is hopeful that by the end of her current term, which is due to end in 3 years, work will have begun on the new facility.

“In my view, we will do the business case, and be out there spruiking it in time for the state and federal elections. You can get these types of funding or you don’t,” she said.

“I think the council will be looking to work out this financial year how much the council can contribute. It’s a facility that is probably anywhere between $10 million and $20 million, which is a lot of money. How can we stage it, how we can set aside the land for this type of facility.”

The City of Greater Geelong Council may be able to tap into the World Game Facilities Fund, or the Community Sports Infrastructure Program, which has helped fund other projects in the state of Victoria.

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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