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Soccerscene and Football Coaches Australia announce formal partnership

Soccerscene and Football Coaches Australia (FCA) are pleased to announce their formal media partnership commencing as of 6 July 2020.

The media partnership has been struck based on a mutual alignment of key values, including a desire to promote the growth of Australian football domestically and its reputation on the world stage.

“On behalf of everyone at FCA we are absolutely delighted to work with Soccerscene and have them come on board with us. We are really excited to establish this partnership and for what the future holds,” says Phil Moss, President of FCA.

As a leading industry-based football publication, Soccerscene’s core focus is to report on news relevant to those involved within the football industry. The publication emphasises sourcing stories that are centred on knowledge growth, governance, key developments, and major domestic and international events.

“Soccerscene do not look at football like any other media organisation. Rather than reporting on speculation. they explore avenues on how football can move forward. This dedication to grow the game aligns with FCA’s fundamental values,” Moss says.

Moss, who was elected inaugural president of FCA in July 2018, was joined by Matildas legend and FCA Vice President Heather Garriock in announcing the news.

“FCA’s vision and objectives revolve around creating a collective voice for Australia’s professional and community coaches,” Garriock says.

“We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with Soccerscene. They look at the game through a different lens and will help to spread our message of advocacy and unity to the football community.”

Representatives at Soccerscene echoed the message, stating mutual values and a passion for growing Australian football as key drivers for the formation of the partnership.

“FCA do fantastic work for professional and community coaches around Australia. The association’s focus on development, well-being, advocacy, and the growth of Australian football really resonate with us at Soccerscene,” says Peter Papoulias, Journalist at Soccerscene.

“We are all extremely excited to form this partnership and look forward to creating strong ties with everyone involved with the FCA.”

COVID-19 test for FIFA Club World Cup tickets

Fans will have to return a negative COVID-19 test result in order to receive a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 as part of strict precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Fans will have to return a negative COVID-19 test result in order to receive a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 as part of strict precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

The announcements of virus measures were made by tournament organisers at a media briefing in Doha on Saturday.

“Fans will have to undergo rapid PCR or antigen tests up to 72 hours before each match. If it comes out negative they are allowed to receive their ticket,” Sport affairs adviser to Qatar’s health ministry, Abdulwahab Al Musleh said.

Fans from overseas will also be unable to attend the Club World Cup while public events such as fan zones will not occur.

Crowds will be limited to 30 percent capacity at the grounds for the tournament – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium. At full capacity both stadiums can host up to 40,000 people.

Use of Qatar’s contract tracing app alongside, social distancing, mask wearing and sanitiser will be mandatory for spectators at the tournament.

FIFA said that it would work with the authorities in Qatar to provide “the safeguards required to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the competition”.

After originally being scheduled to be played in December 2020 the FIFA Club World Cup was postponed to February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament will be played between February 4 and 11 and features six teams – Al-Duhail SC (Qatar), Al Ahly SC (Egypt), FC Bayern Munich (Germany), Ulsan Hyundai FC (South Korea), Tigres UANL (Mexico) and the Copa Libertadores (South America) champions will compete in the World Cup.

Auckland City were due to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup but withdrew as a result of COVID-19 quarantine requirements put in place by New Zealand authorities.

The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 is also set to be the first international competition to test concussion substitutes.

“FIFA will implement a protocol in which each team will be permitted to use a maximum of one concussion substitute in a match; this substitution will be able to be made regardless of the number of substitutes already used,” FIFA said in a statement.

Football Queensland launches new futsal competition

Football Queensland is welcoming expressions of interest from futsal clubs across the sunshine state, for the launch of a new competition for the small-sided game, titled the F-League.

The league will be run for both men and women in a conference style, with kick off set for March of this year.

“In the 2020-2022 Futsal Strategy, Football Queensland outlined its plan to launch the F-League as part of our clear vision for futsal in Queensland,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“This new competition connects and integrates our futsal and football clubs while serving as the highest level of competitive futsal in Queensland.

“It opens up new opportunities for affiliated football clubs who meet certain criteria, to improve their club offering, increase their membership and get more kids playing futsal by establishing a futsal program with futsal-focused players.

“With Northern, Central and SEQ competition conferences planned, FQ is committed to unlocking the opportunity futsal presents to deliver participation growth throughout the state.”

The F-League is set to replace the SEQ Futsal Premier League for men and women, running throughout the year in an annual two-season structure.

“This is an important step in the development of futsal in Queensland,” FQ Futsal Participation Officer Trevor Edwards said.

“The F-League enables futsal to flourish all year long as we build a stronger and more sustainable competition framework.”

Football Queensland advises clubs who are interested to complete the online EOI form here by this Friday.

Western United partner with City of Greater Geelong

Western United has announced they have signed a partnership with the City of Greater Geelong to promote A-League football in the city, as well as bringing tourism to the region.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the City Of Greater Geelong to grow the game of football in the region,” said WUFC Director of Football Steve Horvat.

“Geelong will go down in history as the place where Western United played its first-ever home game and we want to continue to have an ongoing relationship.

“We have created a real home ground feel at GMHBA and this partnership will continue to develop that for both the players and fans.

“Even though we will have a home stadium up the highway in the Western suburbs, Geelong will always play an important part of our identity and as a key talent catchment area.

“There are thousands of registered players in Greater Geelong, and by having an elite A-League and eventually a W-League team in the region, it will continue the sports growth and create a pathway for girls and boys to follow their dreams,” concluded Horvat.

Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said Western United had quickly become a significant part of the local sporting landscape.

“Western United is our home A-League team and they’ve done a great job engaging with the local community during their short history so far,” she said.

“Every Western United game in Geelong attracts visitors to our city and brings national TV exposure, while helping to build local participation in the sport of football.

“This partnership cements the club’s relationship with the city and will bring benefits for the club and our local economy.”

The club opened their season at GMHBA Stadium against Adelaide United, with the match finishing 0-0.

They will face Perth Glory tomorrow in Geelong.

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