Melbourne Victory renew with MATE through 2023/24 to continue success on and off the field

Melbourne Victory & MATE

Melbourne Victory shirt sponsor MATE has renewed their successful partnership with the A-League Women’s side for a third season in 2023/24.

MATE has been the main shirt sponsor of the Women’s side since the start of the 2021/22 season, with the logo located front and centre of both the home and away Liberty A-League jerseys.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director Caroline Carnegie said she was extremely pleased to see MATE’s commitment to the Club and Women’s football continue during Victory’s most successful period in the competition.

“We’re looking forward to having MATE on the front of our Liberty A-League jerseys for a third consecutive season,” Carnegie said in a club statement.

“MATE has become an iconic brand that is synonymous with Australian football fans and we’re proud to have MATE supporting our Women’s team and Women’s football in Australia as they continue to make history.”

Melbourne Victory are looking to make it a fourth consecutive season in the finals bracket with a chance to make it three titles in four seasons.

MATE Co-CEO, Mark Fazio has often hinted at the business’ attempt to create a connection with Football fans in Australia and grow the overall Victory community because of the love of the game he has himself.

“Our commitment to football is clear and we’re excited to renew our partnership with Melbourne Victory and specifically, the Melbourne Victory women’s team,” Fazio said via press release.

“We’re diehard fans of football, and we believe in supporting the sport at all levels. Our partnership extension with Melbourne Victory is a statement of our commitment to the growth of football in Australia.”

MATE’s mission statement suggests that they are adamant on ‘Building connections that matter’ with their customers, by offering no lock-in contracts and unlimited data to all of their phone plans.

This partnership, along with their core values in particular, has proven worthwhile with their increasing connectedness to the football community and in particular Melbourne Victory fans.

In a statement made on the MATE website, ‘The MATE and Melbourne Victory partnership will see Victory members rewarded with special offers throughout the season and much, much more in a bid to engage with Football fans as much as they can.’

The relationship between the business and the club is fantastic, meaning this partnership looks set to continue in the near future with MATE’s passion for the growth of women’s football evident, as well as continuing to put customers first – creating a healthy environment for all to succeed.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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