Queensland Football Convention to unite the footballing community

Football Queensland will host an inaugural Queensland Football Convention towards the end of the year – unifying clubs, coaches, referees and participants from the length and breadth of Queensland across three engaging and immersive days.

The convention is scheduled to take place between 1-3 November 2024 in Brisbane city.

The 2023-2026 Strategic Plan that was released by Football Queensland stated that they would have a ‘One Football Approach’ which is an initiative to improve and focus on all areas of the game.

The convention was not mentioned in the Strategic Plan, but the idea was certainly raised with their ambition to unite the game and unlock football’s true potential in the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci mentioned the importance of gradually improving the sport in many areas in Queensland.

“Recognising that to move the game forward, we need to continue innovating and elevate the football debate, we’re excited to unite members of our football community for the first edition of the annual Queensland Football Convention,” Cavallucci said via press conference.

“The first conference session on Saturday 2nd November will begin to unpack the strategic direction of the game with guest speakers and expert industry panels before breaking out into Part 1 of the Referee, Coaching and Club conferences, with FQ committee sessions and FQ Board and FQ member sessions closing out the day.”

There will be a range of guests from different sectors of the footballing space in Queensland and Australia invited to the convention, however, currently no names have been confirmed.

“Headlining the Queensland Football Convention on Saturday evening will be the 2024 Football in Queensland Awards Night at Brisbane City Hall, an event which is always a highlight of our football calendar. With well over 500 in attendance we will celebrate the achievements of the state’s most outstanding individuals, teams and clubs,” Cavallucci continued.

“Featuring tailored content for clubs, referees and coaches in addition to strategic and operational planning sessions, the convention will conclude on Sunday 3rd November with Part 2 of the Referee, Coaching and Club conferences.

“The innovative Queensland Football Convention will bring all facets of our game together for one unmissable weekend while connecting our football community with each other, alongside key business and government contacts to support the ongoing growth of football in Queensland,” he concluded.

Further information on ticket packages and hosts/guests will be released by Football Queensland.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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