More K League fans allowed to attend matches

A larger number of fans will now be able to attend K League matches, with stadiums being opened to 25% capacity.

Clubs have been allowed to let fans attend matches at 10% capacity since August 1.

K League has put in several protocols and guidelines for supporters attending matches. Masks are required to be worn and spectators must sit in their designated seats, at least one seat apart from each other.

They also said some behaviours are prohibited such as chanting, shouting, linking arms and other actions that could cause infection to spread.

Megaphones and vuvuzelas are banned, while fans are reminded through announcements, posters and on the big screen to follow these rules.

“On Friday 7th August, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism made the decision to permit 30% of a stadium’s capacity in for K League matches,” K League said in a statement.

However, after analysis conducted of each K League stadium’s capacity and seating layout, for supporters to be able to be seated the required distance from others, the decision was made to allow 25% in, rather than 30.”

Supporters of the away team are not allowed to attend matches. K League said that this is to reduce the chances of the virus being spread by away fans travelling on public transport for a long time to attend a match.

K League also announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with OneFootball, a German football media company.

News, highlights and video content will be available on OneFootball’s platforms.

“From this season K League has partnerships with various overseas digital content platforms such as ‘Dugout’, ‘433’, ‘COPA90’ and now ‘OneFootball’. This will give K League the opportunity to widen its target audience and reach football fans all around the world,” K League said on the partnership.

“Through this partnership with OneFootball, we will continue to provide enjoyment and promote K League to many fans in more diverse regions.”

K League has made available two to three matches per round to be viewed on OneFootball. This will be available in 2020 and 2021 for fans in France, Spain, Brazil, Italy and the UK.

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

The 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund to cater for participation boom

2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.

This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.

Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:

  • Community Facilities – up to $300,000
  • Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
  • Planning – up to $40,000

Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.

For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.

For full information and resources, you can view those here.

Football Queensland remain with Kappa for five more seasons until 2028

Football Queensland & Kappa partnership extension

Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.

This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.

Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.

It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.

For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.

They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.

“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.

“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”

Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.

“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.

“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.

“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”

There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.

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