Real Betis launches sustainability platform

La Liga club Real Betis Balompié have launched a sustainability platform titled ‘Forever Green’ in order to fight against climate change.

La Liga club Real Betis Balompié have launched a sustainability platform titled ‘Forever Green’ in order to fight against climate change.

The Forever Green program encourages companies and institutions to join up with Real Betis and show the world how they will commit to contributing to the future of the planet. Companies who sign up to the program will get the chance to work in collaboration with Real Betis on sustainability projects.

There are five areas to the Forever Green program – Climate change, recycling, mobility, nature and sustainability.

Real Betis has taken several steps in order to contribute to sustainability such as its to support of the Orosi Wind Farm in Costa Rica, an emissions reduction project.

The club also joined Amazon’s ‘The Climate Change Pledge’ which focuses on decarbonization via real changes and innovation.

Real Betis’ home ground, Benito Villamarín Stadium has had an LED lighting system installed while solar panels are also planned to be implemented at the ground.

“We want to be the most sustainable football club in the planet,” Real Betis President, Ángel Haro said at a presentation on Thursday for the Forever Green commitment.

“Taking advantage of our colours we want to be the greenest club, because we were green in the past, because we are green today and what’s most important, we want to continue being green forever because our children deserve this.”

In 2019, Real Betis became the first football club to commit to the United Nations’ ‘Climate Neutral Now’ initiative. This initiative involves organisations reducing their carbon footprints and offsetting carbon through certified projects.

“Like COVID-19, climate change is not something we will be able to forget about because it will impact all part our lives not least in the world of football.” Manager for the Global Climate Action team in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, Niclas Svenningsen said at the presentation when speaking about climate change’s effect on football.

“Already today we see games being cancelled because of extreme weather, we see players suffering from exhaustion from heatwaves and we see audiences unable to follow their favourite teams in the way they want because of climate change impacts.”

The presentation was also attended by Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen. The President of La Liga, Javier Tebas, Real Betis Claudio Bravo player and Sally Fouts, from Climate Pledge Amazon also participated in the event via video messages and calls.

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

DFL and AWS introduce two new Match Facts to Bundesliga coverage

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The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the addition of two new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS that will premiere as graphics during broadcasts and in the official Bundesliga app during the 2021-2022 season.

The two new Match Facts – Shot Efficiency and Passing Profile – will bring the total number of advanced statistics to eight, with each of them aiming to give fans deeper insights into the action on the pitch.

The first of the new advanced stats – Shot Efficiency – compares the number of goals that a player or team has scored with how many goals the player or team should have scored based on the quality of their chances.

The second – Passing Profile – provides deeper insights into the pass quality of a player or an entire team. Both of the stats are generated by gathering and analysing the match feeds from live games in real time as they are streamed into AWS.

Both new stats made their debut during Matchday 4 on the clash between German Champion FC Bayern München and the second-placed team of the previous season RB Leipzig.

The two new Match Facts will better showcase the action on the field – giving fans, coaches, players, and commentators visual support for analysing the decision-making of players and teams.

Andreas Heyden, Executive Vice President of Digital Innovations for DFL Group, was excited to further innovate the matchday experience for viewers based both domestically and internationally.

“Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS allows us to give fans more insight into the game of football, broadcasters more interesting stories to tell and coaches and teams, more data to excel at their game,” he said.

“Last year, the reception for Bundesliga Match Facts around the world was very positive, and we expect through ML and AI to continue to innovate on these analytics to make them even better.

“These two new stats give fans a view into player efficiency that hasn’t been achieved before, and we are just at the beginning of our relationship with AWS. I’m excited to see how technology will continue to evolve the fan experience and the game.”

Football South Australia announce inaugural delivery of AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence


Football South Australia have announced an exciting opportunity for SA coaches to undertake an AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence in their own state for the first time ever.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for SA’s strong contingent of 90 B Licence holders to be able to elevate their expertise to the next level from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Football Australia ‘A’ Licence course is designed to support coaches working with senior players or older youth players in a professional or semi-professional environment where coaches will have three or four training sessions plus a match each week.

Part A will be at the new Summit Sports and Recreation Park in Mount Barker and VALO Football Centre, while Parts B and C will be held at the new State Centre for Football in Gepps Cross in 2022.

Football South Australia can also today announce that registrations are now open for a B Licence, which will take place in January 2021.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was delighted to introduce the new courses for coaches looking to push on in their careers.

“Coach education is an extremely important function of Football South Australia and we are delighted to be hosting an A-License coaching course in Adelaide. For years local coaches have had to travel interstate for the A-License meaning the cost per participant increased,” he said.

“The timing of the course will see components hosted at the soon to be completed State Centre for Football. The headquarters will be an education hub for coaches, referees and players via our pathway programs.”

Coach Education Manager Alec Wilson expressed his excitement for South Australian coaches.

“I am very excited with the announcement of a first-ever A-Licence in SA. This has been a year in the making and something Football South Australia has been wanting to host for a number of years,” he said.

“The announcement is a reward for everyone’s hard work and determination and shows our dedication in providing the best coach education opportunities for the growth of the game.

“To have all three pinnacle courses (A, B and C Licences) at home in our own state is a landmark in coach development and I look forward to seeing our coaches thrive, and in turn, provide better coaching for our players.”

The Football Australia/AFC ‘A’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on October 29, 2021.

The Football Australia/AFC ‘B’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on December 10, 2021.

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