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Football Victoria set to change NPL junior boys for 2020

Football Victoria, in a media release earlier this week, have announced that next year, the Junior Boys NPLVIC will be expanding.

12 new licenses were granted to sides as the competition will have 48 eligible teams.

It is a great move by FV, showcasing that the sport at the community level is just as important as the elite level.

With this expansion, the sport of soccer in Victoria will be allowed the grow as more aspiring juniors from more suburbs will have access to playing NPL for their local sides.

The media release can be found below in full:

Football Victoria (FV) has announced a major expansion of its Junior Boys National Premier League (JBNPL) competition for season 2020.

Following the most comprehensive review ever commissioned by FV, the revamped JBNPL will have up to 48 eligible teams next year after FV granted 12 new licenses today.

The 18-month review, which covered both the Men’s and Boys’ competitions, was completed by Sports Business Partners (SBP) in September 2018.

In line with the review’s recommendations, the FV Board agreed the 2020 JBNPL will now comprise four age levels – U13, U14, U15 and U16.

Subsequently, FV’s Board unanimously agreed on the recommendations made by the Assessment Panel to accept the following 12 new licenses (in alphabetical order below).

  1. Ashburton United SC
  2. Berwick City
  3. Caroline Springs George Cross
  4. Eltham Redbacks FC
  5. Essendon Royals SC
  6. Gippsland FC
  7. Glen Eira FC
  8. Malvern City FC
  9. Mornington SC
  10. Nunawading City FC
  11. Peninsula Strikers FC
  12. Ringwood City FC

In addition, all existing NPL and Hyundai A-League (HAL) clubs will be eligible for new licenses for the JBNPL 2020 competition.Both existing and new clubs must agree to the updated participation license in order to take part in the JBNPL 2020 competition.

FV President Kimon Taliadoros said the granting of new JBNPL licenses followed a competitive application process involving all interested community clubs.

“Football Victoria would like to thank and congratulate each of the 31 clubs for their submissions and interest in the JBNPL 2020 competition. FV was overwhelmed by the quality of the applications,” Mr Taliadoros said. “The unanimous selection of the successful 12 clubs by the Assessment Panel followed a stringent process in accordance with the published JBNPL criteria.”

As part of its commitment to improving junior development, FV will regularly review the NPL Junior Boys competition structure – including the provision to increase the number of clubs beyond 2020. FV will also continue to work with the unsuccessful applicants and any other community clubs who aspire to participate in Football Victoria’s NPL Boys Junior Development pathway competitions.

The Assessment Panel consisted of highly credentialed individuals with expertise across the various criteria.

FV has also confirmed that an additional position is available (to make up the 48 clubs for season 2020) as a result of Western United delaying their entry until the 2021 season.

As such, the Board has requested the Assessment Panel consider an additional license. FV will conduct a review in the next two weeks to confirm which club will be offered that license.

FV’s new JBNPL 2020 competition structure is designed to improve the level of competition whilst providing more opportunities to aspirational Victorian footballers. The competition will feature an 11-game qualification phase before teams are re-graded into leagues that best reflect their competitiveness.

Further details of the competition structure can be found at footballvictoria.com.au or by clicking here.

FV is well underway with the equivalent Women & Girls’ competition review with recommendations to be considered by the board in mid-August. The full report will be released to the football community once the recommendations have been approved.

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.

*ENDS*

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.

What are your thoughts on Chapman’s arrival at FQ? Get involved in the conversation on Twitter @Soccersceneau

 

 

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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