Wellington Phoenix men and women backed by premium partner

Budget Car Rental

Budget New Zealand has become a premium partner of Wellington Phoenix, in a deal that supports both the men’s and women’s teams.

A prominent car rental company, Budget New Zealand is an multi award-winning car rental company that has 40 locations in the country. They pride themselves on having a reputation for excellent service and the best value for money in the car rental market.

The partnership began with immediate effect from December last year and is expected to last three years at a minimum.

There are many mutual benefits of this partnership for both Budget New Zealand and Wellington Phoenix. For example, the A-League Men’s competition is available for viewing in 173 countries, which means that Budget New Zealand now have a greater opportunity at being seen by more people around the world. These people could be potential future tourists to New Zealand, which can attract more business for Budget New Zealand.

Budget New Zealand General Manager Lee Marshall was delighted with the recent partnership, who believes that the partnership between Budget New Zealand and the Wellington Phoenix will be highly successful and beneficial for both parties.

“When it comes to New Zealand sports teams, the Phoenix men and women are two of the best,” Marshall said via press release.

“They demonstrate determination, teamwork and high performance, many of the beliefs and values that also drive us.”

This partnership gives the Wellington Phoenix another crucial big company sponsor. It is well-known that the COVID pandemic financially harmed all the clubs across the A-League. However, the Wellington Phoenix were arguably the most negatively impacted club from the COVID pandemic. The Phoenix were unable to play an A-League game on home soil for over 300 days during the pandemic. This resulted on the club missing out on the crucial matchday revenue that home games bring to the club. The club also had to relocate to Australia in order to continue to play A-League games, which means they would have had to spend money on hotel accommodation for players and staff. Critically, the partnership between the Phoenix and Budget New Zealand brings another source of income to the club as they try and recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic.

On the field, the agreement will see Budget New Zealand now feature on the back of both the men’s and women’s matchday playing shorts for the Phoenix, and on the back of the playing shirt for the Phoenix men’s team.

Both teams will next compete in a home double header, with the women against Canberra United, followed by the men facing Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, January 22.

Dribl announced as Global Football Technology Partner of CONIFA


Dribl, an Australian-based leading provider of football technology solutions, has announced its partnership with CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations.

This strategic alliance marks a significant step forward for Dribl, helping CONIFA streamline operations for their global football competitions, promoting efficiency and providing a dynamic platform for community and fan engagement.

Supporting a true grassroots and international partnership

CONIFA, renowned for its dedication to the joy of playing international football, supports representatives of football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples, and sports isolated territories. This global acting non-profit organisation is committed to enhancing global relations and fostering international understanding through football.

Enhancing the Football Experience for All Dribl’s cutting-edge technology will enable CONIFA to streamline the administration of its global competitions, ensuring efficient and effective management. The partnership will introduce a centralised system that simplifies operations, facilitates better fan engagement through the Dribl app, and ultimately enhances the overall football experience for all participants and fans.

A platform for everyone, everywhere

Dribl CEO Rob Georgievski spoke to the grassroots impact:

“By partnering with CONIFA, we are taking a forward step in truly supporting grassroots football,” he said via media release.

“Our technology is designed to be accessible to everyone, everywhere, ensuring that the joy of football can be shared by all. We are excited to help CONIFA grow and reach more people, providing a seamless and engaging experience for football communities worldwide.”

Commitment to high ethical standards and global unity

CONIFA stands out as the world’s leading organisation for people, nations, and sportingly isolated regions with a commitment to high ethical standards and global unity. This partnership with Dribl aligns perfectly with CONIFA’s mission to contribute to the enhancement of global relations and international understanding through the universal language of football.

Introducing the CONIFA Match Centre

In collaboration with Dribl, CONIFA have introduced their very own Match Centre for the upcoming CONIFA Women World Football Cup 2024 Tournament. This innovative feature will provide fans and participants with real-time updates, comprehensive data, and an engaging user experience, further enriching the connection between the sport and its global audience.

For more information, please visit:

Dribl: https://dribl.com/
CONIFA: https://www.conifa.org/en/

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.

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