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LaLiga General Assembly approves ‘Boost LaLiga’ initiative

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The ‘Boost LaLiga’ project has officially been given the green light, following the unanimous approval of The LaLiga General Assembly’s Executive Committee (Comision Delegada).

With 38 votes in favour of ‘Boost LaLiga’, the General Assembly, who needed the support of at least 32 of the 42 member clubs, have approved the initiative which will see CVC Capital Partners become an ally of LaLiga and its clubs. The clubs that have approved the operation will receive up to a maximum of $4.89 billion.

Through this agreement, CVC will have strengthened their strategic vision of boosting global growth and continuing their transformation into a global digital entertainment company. LaLiga will retain its sports responsibilities as well as the organisation and management of the marketing of the audiovisual rights.

Boost LaLiga is an unprecedented milestone, representing the greatest growth for Spanish football in its history. The project allows LaLiga, with the help of an internationally renowned partner, to execute a long-term strategic plan of investment.

Boost LaLiga will provide LaLiga clubs with the necessary resources to improve the competition and the experience of its fans, accelerating clubs’ growth and making LaLiga the world’s leading sporting entertainment provider in the medium term.

The ambitious investment plan will heighten the professionalisation of the clubs and provide a more attractive competition, with better facilities, players and fan experience. All of which will be supported by a competition model to be more digital, more focused on data generation and analysis, and greater international exposure.

These clubs have also committed to the allocation of 70% of the resources they receive within the framework of this project to investments related to their development in both infrastructures and technological innovation, with the possibility of an additional 15% for the registration of players and the other 15% for the restructuring of financial debt.

LaLiga President Javier Tebas was excited to see the agreement with CVC come to fruition through the General Assembly’s support.

“We are convinced that Boost LaLiga is the answer to the challenges we have to face in the medium and long term,” he said.

“It is a strategic agreement that will provide our clubs with greater capacity, will transform their management model and boost the appeal of our competition. It is the boost we need to turn LaLiga into a global digital entertainment company that has the most attractive football competition in the world.”

DFL and AWS introduce two new Match Facts to Bundesliga coverage

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The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the addition of two new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS that will premiere as graphics during broadcasts and in the official Bundesliga app during the 2021-2022 season.

The two new Match Facts – Shot Efficiency and Passing Profile – will bring the total number of advanced statistics to eight, with each of them aiming to give fans deeper insights into the action on the pitch.

The first of the new advanced stats – Shot Efficiency – compares the number of goals that a player or team has scored with how many goals the player or team should have scored based on the quality of their chances.

The second – Passing Profile – provides deeper insights into the pass quality of a player or an entire team. Both of the stats are generated by gathering and analysing the match feeds from live games in real time as they are streamed into AWS.

Both new stats made their debut during Matchday 4 on the clash between German Champion FC Bayern München and the second-placed team of the previous season RB Leipzig.

The two new Match Facts will better showcase the action on the field – giving fans, coaches, players, and commentators visual support for analysing the decision-making of players and teams.

Andreas Heyden, Executive Vice President of Digital Innovations for DFL Group, was excited to further innovate the matchday experience for viewers based both domestically and internationally.

“Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS allows us to give fans more insight into the game of football, broadcasters more interesting stories to tell and coaches and teams, more data to excel at their game,” he said.

“Last year, the reception for Bundesliga Match Facts around the world was very positive, and we expect through ML and AI to continue to innovate on these analytics to make them even better.

“These two new stats give fans a view into player efficiency that hasn’t been achieved before, and we are just at the beginning of our relationship with AWS. I’m excited to see how technology will continue to evolve the fan experience and the game.”

Football South Australia announce inaugural delivery of AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence

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Football South Australia have announced an exciting opportunity for SA coaches to undertake an AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence in their own state for the first time ever.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for SA’s strong contingent of 90 B Licence holders to be able to elevate their expertise to the next level from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Football Australia ‘A’ Licence course is designed to support coaches working with senior players or older youth players in a professional or semi-professional environment where coaches will have three or four training sessions plus a match each week.

Part A will be at the new Summit Sports and Recreation Park in Mount Barker and VALO Football Centre, while Parts B and C will be held at the new State Centre for Football in Gepps Cross in 2022.

Football South Australia can also today announce that registrations are now open for a B Licence, which will take place in January 2021.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was delighted to introduce the new courses for coaches looking to push on in their careers.

“Coach education is an extremely important function of Football South Australia and we are delighted to be hosting an A-License coaching course in Adelaide. For years local coaches have had to travel interstate for the A-License meaning the cost per participant increased,” he said.

“The timing of the course will see components hosted at the soon to be completed State Centre for Football. The headquarters will be an education hub for coaches, referees and players via our pathway programs.”

Coach Education Manager Alec Wilson expressed his excitement for South Australian coaches.

“I am very excited with the announcement of a first-ever A-Licence in SA. This has been a year in the making and something Football South Australia has been wanting to host for a number of years,” he said.

“The announcement is a reward for everyone’s hard work and determination and shows our dedication in providing the best coach education opportunities for the growth of the game.

“To have all three pinnacle courses (A, B and C Licences) at home in our own state is a landmark in coach development and I look forward to seeing our coaches thrive, and in turn, provide better coaching for our players.”

The Football Australia/AFC ‘A’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on October 29, 2021.

The Football Australia/AFC ‘B’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on December 10, 2021.

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