Second designated player slot added for 2022-23 A-League Men’s season

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A-League men’s clubs have been boosted by the introduction of a new rule which allows them to sign an extra star for up to $600,000.

The Australian Professional Leagues (APL) have fast-tracked a second ‘designated player’ slot into the salary cap for the 2022-23 Isuzu UTE A-League season, granting clubs the ability to both lure and retain more top-shelf talent to the ALM.

It means clubs can bring in an additional player on up to $600,000 – or shift an existing player into that position to free up a marquee player spot

Last season, some clubs brought heavyweight signings in directly as designated players – including Victory centre back Roderick Miranda and Jets top scorer Beka Mikeltadze – while others moved existing marquees into the role of designated player. Perth Glory for instance were able to sign Daniel Sturridge as a marquee after making Adrian Sardinero a designated player.

The first designated player slot was included in the salary cap last season as part of a five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) struck with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).

A designated player has an annual salary of between $300,000 and $600,000 – this sits outside the salary cap, along with the maximum of two marquee players per club whose wages also sit outside the cap.

From the 2022-23 campaign onwards, clubs will be allowed two designated players and two marquee players in a squad of 18-23 players (excluding scholarship contracts.

Originally pencilled in for the 2023-24 season, the increase of designated player slots was brought forward one season by the APL to enhance the quality of the competition, either via new signings or the retention of players already shining in the ALM.

A-Leagues commissioner Greg O’Rourke explained why the APL decided to accelerate its plan to implement the additional designated player spot in 2022-23:

“The addition of up to two designated players was something we negotiated with the PFA as part of the five-year CBA back in July last year,” O’Rourke said via KEEPUP.

“Our thought at the time was one immediately for last season and another by year three at the latest, however we feel it is the right time to accelerate this option and have brought the second player into play for next season.

“This allows clubs to target another player outside of the cap that improves the squad quality overall as there are requisite minimum investment levels required to satisfy this allowance and we look forward to many of the clubs taking up the opportunity.”

Melbourne Knights confirm innovative alliance with ProTrainUp

Melbourne Knights Football Club has confirmed a new partnership with leading football management software company, ProTrainUp.

This collaboration is set to enhance communication and streamline operations with the Club, marking a significant step forward in the commitment to excellence and growth.

Founded in 2013, ProTrainUp is a club management system fuelled by data driven technology, created by and for the football community. ProTrainUp combines quantitative and qualitative data to enhance club operations for both staff and participants, enabling the Club to:

  1. Enhance communication between club staff and players with built-in public and private messaging services.
  2. Simplify the organization and delivery of training sessions using plans and sessions provided by top international federations and clubs, available only through ProTrainUp.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date calendar of training sessions and matches.
  4. Gather data and statistics on players to create detailed reports on individual player development and overall team progress.

ProTrainUp is a system used by clubs around the world including European clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb FC and FC Porto, highlighting its importance in modern football.

The main objective of this partnership is to enhance communication among club staff, players, and parents.

ProTrainUp’s advanced software will deliver a centralised platform for efficient and effective communication, guaranteeing that all members of the Melbourne Knights community stay well-informed and engaged.

The system is accessible both online and through the app, allowing players and parents to enable push notifications so they never miss important Club updates.

The partnership will play a huge role in upskilling the juniors program in 2025, a huge focus that President Simon Pincic spoke about in length in his exclusive interview with Soccerscene.

The Knights will leverage ProTrainUp’s comprehensive tools for training management, performance tracking, and development planning to ‘provide the juniors with the best possible environment to grow and succeed’ as per their statement.

This will help more than just the junior players however with ProTrainUp, the coaches will benefit from this technology with seamless tracking of player progress, and enhanced training experiences, all contributing to the overall development of the junior players.

The club spoke about the future of their management through this advanced technology system.

“We look forward to a successful partnership and are excited about the positive impact it will have on our Club and community. Together with ProTrainUp, we are committed to building a stronger, more connected, and highly effective football club,” Knights said in a club statement.

This is an excellent and innovative partnership by the Knights that sees them advance forward in the development of technology.

The Knights have been vocal about the importance of junior development and have historically been one of Australia’s most successful clubs at creating stars from their system, with ProTrainUp only advancing that cause.

Football NSW to gain more traction through established sponsor

Football NSW have confirmed a collaboration with the technology advertising platform Nine Ad Manager, as a new primary sponsor for 2024.

Nine Ad Manager falls under the Nine network umbrella, acting as an versatile platform in which Australian businesses are able to utilise in generating traction amongst a specific target audience.

Advertising can be reached through audiences across each of the Nine Networks main television channels including 9Now and the 9 on-demand streaming television service.

Television advertisement campaigns created and submitted to the Nine Ad Manager service, are strategically aired at times in which relates to the product featured within the advertisement.

Performance of the advertisements effectiveness can be analysed through the amount of traffic the business is providing the advertisement as it becomes accustomed too.

The manager platform can assist businesses regardless of stature and status, to access mainstream television advertising opportunity for the Nine Network.

Small and medium sized businesses have the capacity to advertise their respective businesses throughout peak television times for an affordable cost.

Having partnered with FNSW, the sole intention of the newly founded cooperation is to give back to the state community, recognising and showcasing the importance upon community football teams that participate across the state.

As disclosed upon the FNSW website, Head of Nine Ad Manager Todd Fisher discussed the importance of the newly founded partnership said via press release.

“This partnership allows us to support the vibrant sporting communities that are at the heart of local culture and community building. Nine Ad Manager’s core mission is to empower small businesses, enabling them to be seen, heard, and remembered in their local areas and achieve business growth. By partnering with Football NSW, we not only champion local football but also the small businesses and communities that surround them.”

Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas added his excitement for the partnership via press release.

“Football NSW welcomes Nine Ad Manager to the family and we look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with them over the next 12 months.”

A fresh new look on the back of each of FNSWs State Team jerseys in 2024, with The Nine Ad Manager logo to feature prominently beneath the player’s number.

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