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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.

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Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Wolverhampton Wanderers sign sleeve sponsorship deal

Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed a sponsorship deal, with Aeroset to become the official sleeve sponsor of the club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aeroset have signed a sponsorship deal, with the aerospace parts and services provider to become the official sleeve sponsor of the club.

Aeroset branding will appear on LED advertising boards at Molineux Stadium, the Wanderers’ home ground as well as on Wolves’ online platforms and the 2020/21 season kit.

Aeroset are also the main sponsor of Argentina Primera Division club Racing Club de Avellaneda.

“We are thrilled to partner with Aeroset ahead of another exciting season of Premier League football,” Wolves’ executive chairman Jeff Shi said in a statement.

“As with Wolves, Aeroset is a progressive brand with strong links to the UK, United States and Portugal, and we believe they are an ideal firm to join the pack as one of our principal partners.

“We very much look forward to working with them throughout what we hope will be another memorable campaign at Molineux.”

The deal marks the first time that a company from the aerospace industry has been a sponsor of an English Premier League club.

“In the past six months we have been approached by football clubs from all around the globe; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Ireland and the USA,” Aeroset CEO Mariano Longo said regarding the deal.

“One of these team caught our attention immediately – Wolverhampton Wanderers. Passion and courage are Aeroset’s core values and when I translate that into the Premier League, I can only think in one team – Wolves.

“We are absolutely delighted to make our debut in the best league in the world, partnering with such an iconic team and we really hope we can contribute into this path, leading to the glory that this club and their faithful fans deserve.”

The Wolverhampton Wanderers also agreed to a two-year sponsorship deal with online trading platform Samtrade FX last week – the brokerage company becomes the club’s official forex and online trading partner.

Samtrade FX’s branding will appear on the club’s press conference backdrop, Wolves’ online platforms as well as on LED advertising boards at Molineux Stadium.

Wolverhampton won their first game of the 2020/21 EPL season defeating Sheffield United 2-0.

Football Queensland outlines new Opportunities Paper

Football Queensland has released the Future of Football 2020+ Opportunities Paper, to build further on their goal of uniting football in Queensland.

The recently published Opportunities Paper is split into key areas, featuring an in-depth look at the member federations’ governance, administration, competitions and affordability.

In a statement, Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci is delighted to lead the way and find out how to best shape the game in the future in the state.

“FQ is excited to release this Opportunities Paper as we reach another milestone in the statewide Future of Football 2020+ consultation journey,” he said.

“We have spent the last few months engaging with our 12 stakeholder groups and inviting members of the Queensland football community to have their say on the future of the game through our Club Summits, surveys and webinars.

“It’s been fantastic to personally meet hundreds of football stakeholder from across Queensland face to face and obtain deeper insights into how thousands of community members and stakeholders view the current Queensland football landscape and better understand their demonstrated desire for reform across governance, administration, competitions and affordability.

“FQ’s Opportunities Paper brings together the views of the football community through extensive feedback and begins to present possible solutions that have the power to unlock the immense opportunity and potential of the game.

“We now look forward to hearing community feedback on the Opportunities Paper as we continue the six-month consultation process throughout September and October, and prepare for the next phase with the assembly of the First Recommendations Report and FQ’s Implementation Plan, which will deliver clear objectives and pathways to make football the game of choice for all, for life.”

You can find the Future of Football 2020+ Opportunities Paper here, with the full copy available to download.

Football Queensland has also provided an initial Consultation Paper published in May, which can be found here.

30 clubs vying to be part of National Second Division in 2022

The Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC) have created a partner group involving 30 NPL clubs across Australia, with the aim of beginning a national second division by 2022.

The list of clubs includes former NSL powerhouses such as South Melbourne, Melbourne Knights, Adelaide City and Sydney Olympic.

AAFC Chairman Nick Galatas believes the partner group is an important step in the process towards a connected football pyramid.

“The Championship is about creating stronger clubs and expanding the football footprint throughout our country for the benefit of our entire sport,” he said.

“The oldest club in the partner group was established in the 19th century and another two early in the 20th century, while the youngest club was established in this century. That says so much about the longevity and popularity of our sport in this country.

“Of surprise to many, perhaps, are that the three oldest clubs are from Newcastle, Hobart and Brisbane.”

The AAFC will now sort through the issues of the proposed competition, with a final report needing approval from those at FFA HQ.

Galatas claims promotion and relegation is necessary throughout the tiers of football in Australia, however A-League clubs may not be relegated immediately, once the second tier begins.

“AAFC’s view is that we cannot be properly considered as a ‘football nation’ without it and having it in place is our ultimate objective,” he said.

“While promotion and relegation with the A-League will hopefully occur (a) little later, we aim for it to start immediately with the NPL below.

“We also recognise a need to get the code back on track and financially viable and that is what we believe the Championship will help in achieving. Connecting clubs from bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom will help unite the game which will help it achieve its potential.”

The 30 clubs involved in the partner group can be viewed here.

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