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Michael Cooper appointed as Football South Australia Technical Director

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Football South Australia have announced the arrival of former Joeys National Team Assistant Coach, Michael Cooper, as the new Technical Director of the organisation.

Cooper, a qualified teacher and holder of Football Australia ‘A’ and UEFA ‘B’ Licences, joins Football South Australia from his previous role as Director of Sports at Central Coast Sports College.

Cooper played professionally and semi-professionally in the UK before moving to Australia in 2013.  During his time in the UK, Michael also coached within a number of football environments, including Southampton Football Club’s Academy setup. His coaching appointments since that time include FFA National Boys Development Manager and National Coach Development Manager.

In 2019, Cooper was named Joeys National Team Assistant Coach, working under the leadership of current FA Technical Director, Trevor Morgan, which included tournaments in Thailand and Vietnam in preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Cooper also boasts experience in the UK with professional clubs, including Exeter City and Yeovil Town, before undergoing a stint with A-Leagues outfit Newcastle Jets.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was excited to working with Cooper.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to our team in South Australia. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit coaches and participants in our elite programs. We look forward to welcoming Michael next month.” he said.

Having been unveiled as the new Football South Australia Technical Director, Cooper acknowledged the pride he felt in joining up with Football SA.

“Football South Australia is well respected for its football culture and I’m proud to be leading the player and coach development pathways in an outstanding new facility.”

Michael will join Football South Australia at their new base – the State Centre for Football – in May.

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

Football Queensland launches FQ Coaches Club Pilot Program

Football Queensland has announced the launch of the FQ Coaches Club, a brand new initiative designed to provide additional support and development opportunities for community coaches.

Upskilling more coaches to give them greater chance of success in local and community clubs is a priority of FQ and football across the country.

“Improving accessibility of coach development opportunities is crucial in order to support the growth of the game, especially at the community level,” FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer told Football Queensland

“Coaches play a primary role in shaping the experiences of participants, so the FQ Coaches Club will not only benefit the coaches involved by providing them with an additional level of support but will also ultimately lead to better outcomes for community clubs and players.” 

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini echoed Ganczer’s statements.

“The FQ Coaches Club provides a valuable opportunity for community coaches, Club Coach Coordinators and those who have recently completed a C Licence to gain extra advice and support, with a key focus on session design and delivery,” he said to Football Queensland.

“The informal workshop format of the FQ Coaches Club will allow coaches in attendance to be grouped in order to receive tailored guidance based on the age and level of the players they’re coaching.  

“Coach developers from Football Queensland and from various clubs will deliver the FQ Coaches Club sessions in a pilot program across South East Queensland before the program is expanded into regional parts of the state. 

“We look forward to welcoming coaches from across the game to our upcoming sessions which kick off next week.”

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