Newcastle Jets launch partnership with Ampcontrol for women’s team


The Newcastle Jets have confirmed Ampcontrol as a Major Partner for the 2022/23 Liberty A-League season, marking the first year that Ampcontrol has supported the women’s league. The  company’s logo will be emblazoned across the back of players’ jerseys.

Across five decades, Ampcontrol has established itself as a leading electrical engineering company, providing electrical, electronic and control solutions to the energy, resources, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The Australian owned and operated company has procedures all across the globe, providing their services in over 30 different locations worldwide with more than 1000 employees. Their inventive approach to research and manufacturing, international reach and award winning innovation has made Ampcontrol a recognized business worldwide.

Within Australia, many of the company’s projects are right in the heart of the nation’s biggest coal and mining regions. From regional service centres in NSW and Queensland, to well-equipped overhaul and manufacturing facilities, Ampcontrol can be found centrally in several business hubs across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The company is spearheading projects to transition into new, renewable energy, as well as having a strong focus on creating more job opportunities in the field of manufacturing.

Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, Rod Henderson, said via press release:

“Sport has always been important to the community and we’re amped to see women’s sporting teams get the recognition and support they deserve. As Ampcontrol continues to strive for innovation, expanding into new industries, the opportunity to expand our support of the Newcastle Jets Football Club to be a Major Partner of the Women’s League was a no-brainer.”

Newcastle Jets Executive Chairman, Shane Mattiske, added via press release:

“Ampcontrol has been an enormous supporter of our Men’s team and we are delighted to have that flow into our Women’s side for this season. I know the Women’s team will be proud to display Ampcontrol on the back of their Liberty A-League Women’s jerseys and they appreciate the support of a major Newcastle and national company in Ampcontrol.”

With the 2022/23 Liberty A-League Season already in progress, the Newcastle Jets Women’s Team debuted their new sponsor at the beginning of the month in their first home game, a 2-2 draw against Perth Glory.

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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