Kate Jacewicz announced as AFF Referee of the Year (Women)

Leading Australian referee Kate Jacewicz has been honoured by being named the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Referee of the Year for women.

It was announced recently at the gala AFF Awards held at Hanoi in Vietnam.

Jacewicz received this award off the back of another tremendous year with the whistle, including officiating her ninth Westfield W-League Grand FInal in February 2019 between Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

Jacewicz has been recognised as the W-League referee of the year seven times and part of the 75 match officials around the world who refereed at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

It’s added to her impressive list of career achievements which also includes her making history by becoming the first female to occupy a spot on the A-League Referees Panel, helping out with both A-League and W-League matches.

In a statement by Football Federation Australia and chair of FFA Referees committee Chris Nikou, they congratulated Jacewicz on her significant achievement and her professionalism she continually shows.

“Kate is one of the world’s finest referees and thoroughly deserves this award. Whatever the game, whatever the level, she is a model of consistency and class,” Nikou said.

“Her work on the pitch is a reminder to us all just how vital referees are to the lifeblood and well-being of our game.”

Source: https://www.ffa.com.au/news/kate-jacewicz-named-aff-referee-year-women

Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Samantha Farrow becomes the new CEO of Capital Football

Capital Football have confirmed that Samantha Farrow is the new Chief Executive Officer, effective from Monday, February 12.

Samantha arrives in Canberra with nearly 10 years’ experience as CEO at Surf Life Saving NT, previously, Samantha held key talent identification positions at the Australian Sports Commission in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Despite her lesser involvement in football, Farrow has experience in sports administration and community engagement as well as working closely with key stakeholders to build significant growth and improvements to the organisations she has worked for.

Samantha Farrow explained that she has a huge role to play in the potential growth of football in the capital.

“I would describe myself as an open approachable person, with a strong belief in community who loves to pursue a challenge. I know the task ahead is one that holds a great deal of interest to so many participants and supporters of the game here in ACT. I look forward to making a positive contribution to all involved,” she said in a Capital Football statement.

Capital Football chair, Angelo Konstantinou expressed his excitement at the new appointment and fresh start for Capital Football.

“We are delighted to have Samantha leading the office into the next exciting chapter. There’s so much going on, and so much to look forward too.” he added in a statement.

“We can’t wait to work alongside Samantha as the game continues to grow in the region. The Board would like to thank David Palywoda and the Capital Football staff who continued to remain committed to the running the office and all our functions under difficult circumstances over the past few months, we are grateful to them all.”

A huge task for Farrow will be the completion of the Home of Football in Throsby. On the 22nd of July, 2023, the Estate Development Plan for the $33.5 million Throsby Home of Football project was approved. Construction is scheduled to start in 2024 and the delays it has experienced so far since its initial plan in 2019 has been a big issue for Canberra United’s recruitment and the state’s football development.

Canberra United, who currently sit last in the A-League Women’s competition, are the only professional football team in the state and they currently play their home games in McKellar Park before they eventually move into Throsby.

Farrow will also have to weigh up the prospect of putting in another bid for a capital expansion team in the A-League Men’s competition after Auckland edged them out of the latest spot last November.

This appointment could certainly prove to be a substantial one and the federation has opted to go with Farrow’s experience to steer the ship and help football significantly grow in the state on all levels.

Central Coast Mariners academy even stronger with top-tier Portuguese side

Central Coast Mariners announced a partnership with Liga Portugal club Portimonense SAD.

The club, which now competes in the Portuguese first division, has a long history of generating top-tier players via both its academy and first-team programmes.

This collaboration is intended to mutually benefit young development for both teams, as well as general progress for Portimonense and the Mariners, making it a strategically smart move from Mariners who also have a history of producing young talent.

The contract would allow prospective Central Coast players to transfer into Portuguese first division football, one of Europe’s best divisions, while the Mariners will receive access to outstanding players from Portimonense SAD to enhance their team.

This has already begun with Mariners signing Ronald Barcellos on loan, with the goal of assisting both teams in their respective divisions while also allowing our players to continue their football growth.

Central Coast Mariners’ Sporting Director Matt Simon is eager to be working with Portimonense.

“To be able to work closely with a club of Portimonense’s pedigree is extremely exciting and an opportunity that we are greatly looking forward to,” he said via press release.

“We are clubs who see youth development as extremely important and to be able to work together on this will only benefit us both.”

Central Coast Mariners Chairman Richard Peil also commented on the partnership outlining the importance of the alliance.

“We’d love to own a network of clubs to be able to help players progress their careers and maximise their value, but that is just not realistic,” he stated via press release.

“This is the next best thing. The relationship with Portimonense is an important step in our progression to becoming a self-funding football club.”

Officials from Portimonense’s elite coaching squad are scheduled to visit the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence this month (February) to begin work on the relationship.

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