‘When Soccer Died’ documentary to raise awareness on big issues

Two local filmmakers have come together in a bid to shine a light on the problems facing Australia soccer.

Their new documentary, to be named ‘When Soccer Died’, has already seen many prominent Australian soccer names taken part.

Michael Cain and Oscar Vieira will touch on many topics in their documentary, including the end of the NSL and subsequent creation of the A-League.

Other topics that will be discussed will be the national curriculum and the closure of the AIS’ football program.

There is a select group of people across the country who feel that the sport of soccer has become more and more corporatized since the creation of the A-League back in 2005.

The growth of the NPL in recent years also shows that there is still a lot happening at the community level. These clubs can and should be given an opportunity to thrive .

Cain and Vieira will touch on this subject, as well as the youth system in Australia, a system many feel is struggling at this current point in time.

Speaking to SBS’ ‘The World Game’, the pair spoke on the inspiration behind this documentary and the potential of become too negative in their bid to raise awareness.

“I’ve been concerned for a long time in terms of the direction that Australian football is heading, sort of going away from what made us a unique footballing country,” said Vieira.

“We’re trying to get as many of the voices people respect and understand into one space from a verity of different fields and get their opinion and find some common themes.”

“So people can see that it is really an issue, and if we can get enough people in that space we want to reinforce it and we want to make people aware, and we definitely want change.”

The pair are holding out hope that the documentary can be ready for screening by the end of the year.

Credit: theworldgame.sbs.com.au

Football Queensland appoint former Matilda Amy Chapman

Football Queensland has ticked yet another box as it continues to make good on its promises.

Their Strategic Plan has been adhered to thus far and they continue to go from strength to strength.

Last week, they announced that former Matilda Amy Chapman would be joining the Board of Directors, as well as a future role as Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council.

FQ’s full statement can be found here:

Football Queensland (FQ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Chapman to the FQ Board of Directors.

A former Matilda and Westfield W-League player, Chapman brings a wealth of experience in the football landscape as a player, commentator and analyst for Optus Sport, Fox Sports and Channel 9.

As a Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) delegate, Chapman led negotiations for the W-League Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and initiated the first ever PFA corporate partnership designed to assist players in transitioning to life after football.

With a passion for growing football in Australia and giving back to the game, Chapman also boasts an understanding of the need to strengthen pathways in regional areas having grown up playing football in a regional town.

In addition to her appointment to the FQ Board of Directors, Chapman will bring her vast experience to the role of Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council, to be established by FQ in the coming weeks.

Supporting the implementation of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland, FQ’s Women’s Advisory Council will work to grow and strengthen the women’s game across the state.


Chapman, 33, is a long-time servant of the game in Australia, especially in Queensland. She signed with Brisbane Roar’s W-League side in 2010 and clearly, with FQ appointing her in this position, she has rubbed people off the right way over the last 10 years.

As mentioned in the press release, Chapman has also worked in the media with Channel 9, Optus Sport and Fox Sports, showcasing her in-depth knowledge of the game.

Bringing Chapman onto the Board of Directors seems, on paper, to be a fantastic move. She has a lot of experience on the field and she can use that to help FQ gain more understanding as to what the players desire most. Players can only do so much on and off the field with little to no decision making ability.

Her inclusion onto the Board, once again as mentioned above, will lead into her role as the Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council that has the ability to shape things up off the field.

Football Queensland only recently committed to growing the women’s game on the Sunshine Coast. Now, with the establishment of the Advisory Council in the next few weeks to go with Chapman’s arrival at FQ, the Sunshine State now seems to be setting the standard off the field for representation.

The introduction of this role could potentially lead other states into following suit, which, in theory, could potentially change the women’s game in Australia.

Assuming the Advisory Council would be made up of women and with the purpose of growing the game for both aspiring juniors and current professionals, it would be a project everyone would be on board with.

It’s fair to say that giving young girls all the support and funding they need is one of the most important areas that Australian soccer needs to address. Currently, we’re going well both on home soil and overseas.

But if you don’t plan for the future, then you pay the price down the track. Planning for the future is the overarching purpose of any Strategic Plan and FQ seem to have the right idea on how to approach this significant issue.

In this everchanging world we live in, everyone deserves a chance to do what they have always wanted to. This Advisory Council, when officially formed, will have the ability to fulfill the hopes and dreams of many young girls in Queensland.

We here at Soccerscene once again praise Football Queensland and their commitment to fulfilling their Strategic Plan. It’s great to see them with so much passion for changing the game for the better off the field.

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Valencia launch in-seat delivery service

Top-flight Spanish La Liga club Valencia have launched a new in-stadia delivery platform, allowing fans to order food and drink without leaving their seat during matches at their home of Mestalla Stadium.

The app, called Valencia CF – Seat Delivery, allows fans to order food and beverages via a new and free smartphone application by the club. While the service will initially only be offered in selected areas of the stadium, the potential for it to grow in popularity will be massive.

In a few steps, fans can order conveniently from their phone and provides all details of food and drink offerings with pricing.

“All spectators can now enjoy the new and innovative service of food, drinks and merchandise delivery directly from their seats without missing a single second,” Valencia said in a statement regarding the app.

“Valencia CF reinforce their position as one of the most technologically innovative sports clubs in the world, providing unique experiences to the fans.”

In Australia, we haven’t seen clubs take the plunge into food delivery services, but whether to launch a service such as this will depend on appropriate infrastructure to roll it out.

Any stadiums that have clear seating or bays would mean spectators can easily be identified by people looking to deliver the food and drink. As Valencia have done, the service doesn’t have to cover each area of the ground but may be a good idea for a trial to see how the future might look – it would definitely cut down queues at the kiosks especially during the half time break.

Valencia want to lead the way in technological advancements, with an Uber Eats type service making it easier for fans on match days. Introducing something like this in Australian stadiums will expand into the digital market which clubs would be looking to embrace.

The app by Valencia is currently available on all Android and Apple IOS systems, and is a separate application to Valencia’s official fan platform. The club also maintains a ‘Centenari – Valencia CF’ historical virtual experience platform.

Valencia are seventh on the La Liga table, behind sixth-placed Villarreal on goal difference.

All NPL Queensland Women’s games to be streamed in 2020

Football Queensland

In a significant boost for football fans in Queensland, all NPL Queensland Women’s senior matches will be live streamed in 2020.

The games will be shown live on the Football Queensland YouTube channel.

The news comes after the draws for all women’s competitions in Queensland were released on Friday.

The NPL Queensland Women’s season begins this Saturday, with 2019 Grand Finalists Moreton Bay United hosting Logan Lightning.

Other matches in the opening round include last year’s champions Lions FC travelling to take on Souths United.

All first-round fixtures for the competition are listed below.

NPLW Queensland First Round Fixtures

Moreton Bay United FC v Logan Lightning FC – Saturday 22 February 4.30pm – Wolter Park 1

Eastern Suburbs v Gold Coast United FC – Saturday 22 February 4:45pm – Heath Park 1

Football Queensland – QAS v Capalaba FC – Saturday 22 February 6:00pm – Meakin Park 1

Mitchelton FC v Western Pride FC – Saturday 22 February 6:00pm – Teralba Park 1

SWQ Thunder v Gap FC – Sunday 23 February 5:00pm – Clive Berghofer Stadium 1

Souths United v Lions FC – Sunday 23 February 5:00pm – Wakerley Park 2 (Synthetic Pitch)

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