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.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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