Western Sydney Wanderers Liberty A-League side get extended commitment from Komatsu

Komatsu & Western Sydney Wanderers Liberty A-League

Komatsu will continue to be a principal sponsor of Western Sydney Wanderers in the Liberty A-League until at least 2026, with the global manufacturing and technological innovator committing to a further two years with the club.

The extension will see Komatsu featured on the right sleeve of the Wanderers women’s home, away, and third jerseys. Komatsu will also continue their ongoing support of a number of the Wanderers female-focused programs within the Western Sydney community.

Komatsu is a Japanese logistics company with over 100 years of experience. According to their website, they are committed to continuing the legacy of their founder.

“Meitaro Takeuchi, was an entrepreneur with an extraordinary humanitarian vision, committed to enhancing the community’s quality of life, developing future generations and growing with society. Determined to bring industrial technology to his country, Takeuchi created a new company by nurturing the skills of the people in the local community,” said via their website at komatsu.com.au. 

Komatsu Managing Director and CEO, Sean Taylor, reflected on his company’s communitarian beliefs and expressed how this deal is much more than just another sponsorship opportunity.

“Our partnership with the Wanderers represents more than just a name on the sleeve. A big focus for us at Komatsu has always been furthering diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and the industry, and this sponsorship is a way for us to align ourselves with a strong sporting brand that also supports a diverse and inclusive workplace and allows us to shine a light on the diverse career opportunities available in mining and construction,” he said via press release.

“Women’s sport, and football in particular, at the moment is receiving the recognition it deserves, thanks to the FIFA Women’s World Cup on our shores and the Matildas continuing to be a dominant force. We’re looking forward to supporting the sport through the partnership with the Wanderers Women’s team.

“I’m excited to see what the next two years will bring for us and the Wanderers and wish them all the luck in the start of the new season.”

Western Sydney Wanders CEO Scott Hudson, also expressed the importance this deal has to their women’s program.

“We are delighted to be continuing our fruitful relationship with Komatsu after a successful first two years,” he added via press release.

“Like the Wanderers, Komatsu, are based in Western Sydney and we look forward to working closely with them over the next two seasons to continue to support our Women’s programs.”

Deals such as these are a vital way that clubs in the fast-growing Liberty A-League are able to help fund and back their programs. These long-term commitments provide clubs with ongoing financial security that in turn helps players to commit more time to their football. Hence, this deal will undoubtedly allow more female players to achieve professional status.

As women’s football in Australia sees huge development thanks to the Matildas run at the FIFA Women’ World Cup, it is great to see that the funding – so crucial to allowing professional sport to take place – is not just continuing but growing.

This is a new era for football in this country and the backing of pre-existing sponsors like Komatsu is a vital asset to allowing the game at all levels to not just survive but thrive.

Strategic Plan 2023-2026 launched by Football West

Football West Strategic Plan

Football West recently announced the launch of their 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, a documentation affiliated with Football Australia’s One Football Strategy that will set the direction for football in Western Australia for the coming years.

The plan will see Football West improve the game under five essential departments:

  • Participants and Clubs
  • Elite Teams and Pathways
  • Fans
  • Unifying Football
  • Asia and the Sam Kerr Football Centre

Participants and Clubs

The first pillar has the aim to make Football the most accessible sport in Western Australia where everyone can play anytime, anywhere.

There are key targets set such as: Increase registrations by 5% per annum, increase participation by 3% per annum and have 95% of clubs and associations with a completed affiliation agreement (presently 82%).

Another key focus is the development of women and girls football which isn’t surprising after the recent Women’s World Cup success. Football West set a goal of 42,500 additional women & girls playing football across the three year plan.

Elite Teams and Pathways

This pillar focuses simply on the development of talent at all ages in a bid to improve the quality of the game in Western Australia.

The focus areas are Delivery of a state-wide Football West Academy program, Frequent and consistent talent identification opportunities and High quality coach development pathway


Football West is focusing on optimising the fan experience and grassroots to improve attendance numbers and social media engagement.

Unifying Football

They will develop a resourcing model that allows for the servicing of responsibilities between Football Australia and Football West, formalised in a Service Agreement

Asia and the Sam Kerr Football Centre

Football West will look to improve international exchanges with Asian countries and use the Sam Kerr Football Centre to secure sponsorships and play big matches there by 2026.

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes mentioned the vision that the federation has for the future of football across all levels.

“We are excited to present the Strategic Plan to the WA football community. This is a vision that will see football move forward in tandem with Football Australia but with a strong WA focus,” Andrawes said in a statement.

“Football is in a great position across the state. We saw during the FIFA Women’s World Cup and, more recently, when the CommBank Matildas played in Perth, that our sport is unique in its widespread appeal. This passion can be felt across all areas of the game.

“We want to be bold and ambitious, and the Strategic Plan gives us a strong base from which to deliver on that.”

Football West CEO Jamie Harnwell was excited to announce how the Strategic Plan would be implemented successfully.

“This Strategic Plan is a real statement of intent and one we are proud to deliver. Harnwell mentioned in a Football West statement.

“Football is more popular than it has ever been in Western Australia, in terms of participation, inclusivity and popularity, and we should all be proud of this. However, we cannot rest on our laurels.

“As a governing body, we want to make our game even more accessible, so we can inspire a new generation to love football. That comes through hard work, consultation and direction, all of which are key to the Strategic Plan.”

The Strategic Plan is well set out and focuses on the current struggles the federation is having at grassroots level. Partnering closely with Football Australia will help them achieve the ambitious goals set out to improve both the state and national foundation.

FIFA renews with Qatar Airways as Global Airline Partner until 2030

Qatar Airways has been extended as the airline sponsor for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in North America in 2026, as well as the event in Europe, Africa, and South America in 2030.

Initially, the state-owned airline had a two-tournament contract for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The World Cup airline spot should become available again in 2034, when Saudi Arabia is slated to host the event. The Saudis intend to establish a second national airline, Riyadh Air.

The new Qatar Airways arrangement was not announced, although it is estimated to be valued hundreds of millions of dollars. The trophy and medal presentation helpers are dressed in the airline’s uniform at World Cup finals.

“Today I am very proud to announce the renewal of our partnership between Qatar Airways and FIFA. It is a great partnership that has brought a lot of success to FIFA, and of course as well to Qatar Airways,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said during the ceremony.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with FIFA as the Global Airline Partner. As an airline, we are committed to connecting the world, and this partnership allows us to reach millions of football fans. Football has the power to unite people across cultures and continents, and we are proud to continue to be part of this incredible journey,” said Group Chief Executive Officer Badr Mohammed Al-Meer.

In the 2019-2022 commercial cycle, the airline was one of seven top-tier men’s World Cup sponsors, earning over $2.7 billion in total marketing rights sales, according to FIFA. It comprises selected FIFA youth competitions as well as the 2027 Women’s World Cup, the host of which will be announced in May.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams instead of 32, 104 games instead of 64, with players, supporters, and officials spread over 16 locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The 2030 World Cup will feature greater long-distance travel than initially anticipated, with games taking place in six nations across three continents.

FIFA stated last month that it is only considering one offer — the long-favoured Spain-Portugal co-hosting plan, which was expanded this year to include Morocco and now includes South American neighbours Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay hosting one game each as part of a centennial celebration. Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930.

Through a dedicated platform of Qatar Airways, football fans will be excited to hear the airline will in the near future have access to exclusive travel packages such including match tickets, flights and accommodation for selected FIFA tournaments.

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