AFLW inspires more women to play Australian Football

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Mar-19

A Roy Morgan Single Source shows that more than 550,000 Australian women aged 14+ now play one of the four main football codes. Female participation in Australian Football has increased by 21,000 over the last year, to 176,000, while nearly 400,000 women now play Soccer. Meanwhile, 67,000 Australian women now play Rugby League and 32,000 play Rugby Union. The survey also shows that 207,000 women in New South Wales now play football of one sort or another, followed by Victoria with 139,000 and Queensland with 89,000. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the increasing interest in women’s sport of all types including the football codes provides an increasingly lucrative platform for companies looking to capture a share of this emerging market while it goes through a significant growth phase.

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Sydney FC most popular A-League club ahead of Melbourne Victory

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-Oct-18

A-League Premiers Sydney FC have topped the Roy Morgan A-League supporter ladder for 2018 with 613,000 supporters, an increase of 11.7% over the last year. This follows the club’s back-to-back wins as A-League Premiers in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Defending A-League Grand Final Champions Melbourne Victory were second with 526,000 supporters, down 8.7% on a year ago. Brisbane Roar are the third most widely supported club in the A-League with 461,000 supporters, down 19.8% on a year ago. Meanwhile, analysis shows that men account for 67% of the 2.75 million A-League club supporters; Sydney FC (72%), Melbourne Victory (71%) and Perth Glory (70%) are among the clubs with the highest proportion of male supporters, while the Western Sydney Wanderers (43%) and the Newcastle Jets (42%) have the highest proportion of female supporters.

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Telstra kicks another goal with FFA rights

Original article by Dana McCauley
The Australian – Page: 21 : 11-May-18

Telstra will have exclusive mobile streaming rights to local soccer matches under a five-year deal with Football Federation Australia. Telstra’s mobile customers will be able to watch FFA matches without incurring any data usage fees via the My Football Live app. The app will feature targeted advertising, but Telstra’s head of marketing Joe Pollard says sponsorships will be the primary source of revenue from the app.

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Football participation stabilises with more women playing

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 26-Mar-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that the number of Australians aged 14+ who play football (of any code) has fallen from 2.2 million in the year to December 2013 to 19.5 million in the year to December 2017. While the number of football participants has fallen by 12.1 per cent overall, Rugby Union has recorded the biggest fall (down 29.4% to 178,000 participants), followed by soccer (down 10% to 1.36 million). Australian Rules is down just 4.3% to 604,000 participants, and Rugby League is down 8.7% to 327,000 participants. Against the trend of the overall decline in participation is the rising number of women participating in all forms of football. Analysis shows there are now 548,000 women participating regularly or occasionally in any of the four leading football codes, up 4.4% since 2013.

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Soccer’s turbulent times continue as Postecoglou exits

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 12 : 23-Nov-17

Ange Postecoglou resigned as Socceroos coach on 22 November, with rumours that he would quit having circulated for some weeks. The suggestions as to why he might resign included that he had received jobs offers from overseas, and that he had "fallen out" with Football Federation Australia, which the FFA has denied. His resignation comes just seven months before Australia takes part in the FIFA World Cup. Normally, the FFA board would be selecting his replacement, but FIFA is likely to replace its directors with a "normalisation committee" in the very near future.

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Ten to give A-League ‘maximum exposure’

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 27 : 5-Oct-17

Ten Network hopes its coverage of A-League soccer will be as successful as its broadcasts of the Big Bash League domestic Twenty20 competition in recent years. Ten has committed to providing live coverage of one A-League match each week, beginning on 7 October, while it will also broadcast the A-League finals and grand final. The two-year deal to simulcast Fox Sports’ coverage will be the first the time that A-League matches have been broadcast on a commercial free-to-air network.

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Networks baulk as ABC firms for soccer rights

Original article by John Stensholt, Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 20-Apr-17

The ABC is believed to be holding talks with Football Federation Australia regarding free-to-air broadcasting rights for the A-League and Socceroos matches. The current four-year deal with Fox Sports and SBS expires in 2017, and the Seven, Nine and Ten networks are said to have considered submitting bids. However, none of them are believed to have met the deadline for lodging formal bids. Factors such as the need to contribute to Fox Sports’ production costs are said to have been a deterrent.

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A-League TV rights deal closer

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 24-Nov-16

Football Federation Australia is tipped to gain up to $A80m a year for TV broadcasting rights under the new deal which takes effect in mid-2017. FFA hopes that one of the three commercial free-to-air networks will buy the rights to show some A-League matches, as SBS currently broadcasts one match per week in a deal with Fox Sports. Bids for the broadcasting rights must be submitted by 9 December 2016, and FFA is believed to be keen to secure a deal before Cricket Australia commences its own negotiations with broadcasters.

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FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA LIMITED, THE A LEAGUE PTY LTD, SOCCEROOS, CRICKET AUSTRALIA, SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE (SBS), FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, LAGARDERE SPORTS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Optus defends controversial English Premier League plans

Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 17-May-16

Optus has attracted criticism for restricting access to its English Premier League coverage to its own broadband and mobile customers. However, Optus’s Ben White says the telco aims to differentiate itself from rivals by offering exclusive content to its customers, and he notes that Optus is upgrading its infrastructure to ensure that its EPL coverage is of broadcast quality. Optus will also be the primary Australian broadcaster of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with SBS to broadcast some matches.

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Optus enters the fray for FFA rights

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 16-May-16

Optus will establish a 24-hour football channel as it prepares to launch its coverage of the English Premier League. CEO Allan Lew says the telco is also keen to secure rights to A-League and Socceroos matches. The Ten Network is also said to be interested in A-League matches, which are currently broadcast by Fox Sports under a four-year deal worth $A40m a year. Meanwhile, Lew stresses that Optus’s EPL coverage will only be available to its own customers.

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