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Adelaide to not participate in 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

In news out of South Australia this morning, the Advertiser is reporting that the city of Adelaide will not be involved in Australia’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The South Australian government has reportedly written to the FFA, informing them of their desire to be left out.

Had the City of Churches participated, it was anticipated that Hindmarsh Stadium, home venue of A-League outfit Adelaide United would be the ground used.

There were plans to try and use the much larger Adelaide Oval, but talks quickly broke down due to what would be a near two month long clash with the AFL.

Having to play both the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power interstate for nearly eight weeks would come at a serious cost to the AFL, one which they’re clearly not willing to risk.

Despite South Australia’s previous willingness to be involved in junior sport, especially on the women’s side, this seems to be a step backwards, given how this year’s tournament is still fresh in our minds.

The issue has now become political, with SA Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas claiming that the current government’s lack of desire to take part in this tournament will hurt them in the long run.

“It would seem peculiar that the State Government is pursuing the Commonwealth Games but apparently doesn’t have the ability to host a women’s World Cup game,” Mr Malinauskas said when speaking to the Advertiser.

Furthermore, the decision from the SA government seems to have been based mostly on the premise that Hindmarsh would not be a suitable enough location.

This seems extremely bizarre given that matches at this year’s tournament were held at similarly low capacity venues.

Hindmarsh holds a modest 16,500 fans, whilst French stadium Stade des Alpes in Grenoble also holds less than 20,000. A round of 16 match between Germany and Nigeria was held at this stadium, despite its small capacity.

What are your thoughts on this decision from the SA government? Join in the conversation on Twitter @Soccersceneau

 

Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

City of Greater Geelong Council injects $350,000 into Corio Soccer Club facilities

The City of Greater Geelong Council have announced an initial funding grant of $350,000 into improving Corio Soccer Club’s facilities.

As a part of the Hume Reserve Master Plan, gender neutral change rooms will be developed on the site, as well as an upgrade to the team’s clubrooms.

Hume Reserve is considered one of Geelong’s largest soccer facilities. The reserve is home to three soccer pitches, two of them with lighting.

City of Greater Geelong councillor Eddy Kontelj was excited to commence the works, which have been in the pipeline for the past few years.

“Located in the heartland of soccer in Geelong’s northern suburbs, the Corio Soccer Club is steeped in soccer history and epitomises multiculturalism. This club and its community, that has contributed so much to Geelong, is about to get some back,” councillor Kontelj said.

“As a Geelong councillor, it has been extremely exciting to be working closely with club president – Mario Gregorio, the committee and also the Bell Park community over the past 3 years, to finally bring this extremely progressive and inclusive club room, gender-neutral change room development, plus the Hume Reserve Master Plan to commencement stage.

“The City of Greater Geelong Council’s $350,000 injection is a tremendous boost to kick start this ~$1 million project.

“Hume Reserve is set to be a first-class soccer facility as well as a really inclusive area for the broader community to use. Born and bred in the area, I could not be more pleased and proud of this development,” he concluded.

The implementation of the Hume Reserve Master Plan hopes to reinforce “its role as an important local level soccer facility and valued community open space,” according to the City of Greater Geelong website.

The City of Greater Geelong’s extended plan for the reserve can be viewed here.

J. League and La Liga extend partnership

J. League and La Liga have signed an agreement to extend their strategic partnership for another three years, lasting until June 2023.

J. League and La Liga have signed an agreement to extend their strategic partnership for another three years.

It was originally signed in 2017 and the extension will see it continue from July 2020 until June 2023.

The memorandum of understanding between the leagues has seen institutional visits from league representatives and the sharing of industry expertise. The Meiji Yasuda J. League World Challenge was also held in July 2017 between Kashima Antlers and Sevilla FC.

The leagues said that going into the future they will looking to go further with their digital actions.

Collaboration will also transpire in other areas such as eSports and audio-visual piracy. Seminars and workshops will be held on areas such as governance, management and finance.

Another key area of the partnership is working on social responsibility and cooperation to carry out communications to deter racism, violence and discrimination.

Exchanges of coaches and youth players are also expected to occur.

“Our MOU with the J. League was the first that La Liga signed in Asia and we are delighted to continue growing with them. Spain and Japan are countries with a long history of friendship and exchanges, and football, as an important part of both cultures, has an important role to play in continuing this relationship,” President of La Liga, Javier Tebas said about the partnership.

J. League also clarified that players of the same nationality as a partner league do not count as foreign players. However, this regulation does not apply to strategic partner leagues, so players with a Spanish nationality will be unable to use this regulation.

“We are very pleased to continue our strategic partnership with La Liga to continue to deepen our exchanges and challenge our issues. While the world is in midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we will strive to strengthen our partnership and make our way to go through this difficult situation together,” J. League Chairman, Mitsuru Murai said in statement.

Meanwhile, a J2 League match between Omiya Ardija and Avispa Fukuoka has been cancelled following a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Avispa Fukuoka.

Capital Football teams up with RefLIVE

Capital Football have announced a partnership with sports technology company RefLIVE.

The partnership will assist the state’s referees in monitoring performance and tracking team behaviour.

Capital Football will implement RefLIVE’s Referee Management System, which is a data-gathering platform that tracks referee wellbeing via an app.

The Referee Management System is popular with various state and national sports associations around the world, with a focus on understanding how to improve environments for referees and increasing their ongoing participation in the sport.

Capital Football CEO Phil Brown explained the program has been used across the state’s competitions since July 18, with referees reacting positively to the introduction of the service.

“Capital Football is always looking for ways to support referees and RefLIVE’s technology helps us do that by using practical data,” Mr Brown said.

“This is a great initiative as referees will be able to file reports on team and crowd behaviour, contribute individual assessments and identify potential areas for personal development.

“We hope to gain a deeper understanding of the situations our match officials face as we look to create a better overall experience for our football community,” he concluded.

RefLIVE CEO Simon Murphy claimed it was great to work with Capital Football and provide them with a valuable refereeing resource.

“This is an excellent opportunity to work with a range of referees who will receive additional support and guidance on our online platform,” Mr Murphy said.

“Our Referee Management System will enable referees to build their confidence and skills and enable leagues to constantly monitor team behaviour to improve referee safety.”

More information about RefLIVE’s Referee Management System can be found here.

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