FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News AFC Wimbledon Choose Green 4 CRM Solution http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4687/title=afc+wimbledon+choose+green+4+crm+solution AFC Wimbledon has joined forces with Green 4 to develop a single platform CRM and Ticketing solution. AFC Wimbledon was founded by Wimbledon FC supporters in June 2002 as a direct reaction to the decision by an independent three-man commission appointed by the Football Association to allow Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. Considering themselves as the spiritual successor or phoenix version of the original team, after 14 years and 6 promotions, AFC... Betfair Launch ‘Magic Of Barça’ Campaign http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4686/title=betfair+launch+%91magic+of+bar%E7a%92+campaign Betfair will work closely with FC Barcelona to run a number of joint marketing initiatives to engage and reward the clubs global fanbase. The campaign aims to build anticipation and excitement in line with Betfairs Ready? brand positioning through a series of strategic partnerships, pioneering collaborations, blockbuster content and memorable fan experiences. To launch the campaign, Betfair is giving eight super fans across Europe and Brazil the chance to win a... Gin Bar Just The Tonic For Fulham http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4685/title=gin+bar+just+the+tonic+for+fulham Fulham Football Club has announced the official opening of The Clubhouse at Craven Cottage a unique Gin Bar which provides a hub for gin fans to gather at Londons Original Football Club. Overlooking the River Thames, The Clubhouse is a sleek, contemporary venue that combines comfort and style with premium service for the clubs fans. Created with the support of Gin Foundry, Fulham has sought to develop a mixture of drinks which complement all seasons and regions, as well as develop... In Focus: High Opt-In Rates, Better Engagement, Simple Integration http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4684/title=in+focus%3A+high+opt-in+rates%2C+better+engagement%2C+simple+integration Since launching our product in June 2016 and going live for a campaign around the Euro 2016 football championship with our clients Forbesfone, weve seen some significant results. Firstly the integration process is extremely quick and simple. Following integration on Forbesfone which was very smooth, they went on to run quite a few successful campaigns to help leverage their sponsorship of the RC44. The direct association between the Forbesfone, the sponsor, and the RC44 event, the... TopTix Sport welcome Club Doncaster in new Ticketing partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4683/title=toptix+sport+welcome+club+doncaster+in+new+ticketing+partnership TopTix Sport are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Club Doncaster, following the launch of the SRO4 Ticketing solution at the Keepmoat stadium. The new partnership covers all Club Doncaster affiliated sports including Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Belles with one single system in place to support all activity under the Club Doncaster umbrella. The club are planning to drive fresh and dynamic initiatives and work with leading edge... AFC Bournemouth make Premier League history on hybrid pitch http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4682/title=afc+bournemouth+make+premier+league+history+on+hybrid+pitch The Vitality Stadium has become the latest high profile ground to introduce the revolutionary SISGrass hybrid system, hot on the heels of the Luzhniki Stadium, home of the 2018 World Cup final in Russia. In a rare move for the industry, work to transform the pitch was carried out with the season well underway and was completed in just 10 days this November. British company SIS Pitches installed the revolutionary SISGrass system into the existing turf surface, making the Cherries the first side... In Focus: Malta Citizenship By Investment Programme http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4681/title=in+focus%3A+malta+citizenship+by+investment+programme Despite being the EUs smallest member state, Malta has been in the spotlight as one of the top countries to consider doing business in and benefit from special tax status residency programmes. Over the years, the Maltese government have developed a consistent strategy to attract foreign investments into the country and become a leading financial hub in the world with regional ties with Norther African markets and the Middle East. The island has become an attractive proposition for... Tottenham Boast Youngest Squad In Premier League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4680/title=tottenham+boast+youngest+squad+in+premier+league Tottenham Hotspur has the youngest squad in the Premier League with an average age of 25.60 years according to analysis from CIES Football Observatory. The average age of players on the pitch was calculated between 1 st July and 21 st November 2016. Spurs had the youngest team in the Premier League closely followed by Liverpool with an average age of 26.09 years and Sunderland with and average age of 26.28. Watford has the oldest players on the pitch in the Premier League with the average age... Xavi To Discuss Sport Legacy At Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4679/title=xavi+to+discuss+sport++legacy+at+soccerex Xavi Hernandez and Nasser Al Khater to discuss sport and legacy in Qatar at Soccerex Asian Forum. Legendary former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez and Nasser Al Khater, the Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs for the Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy are the latest names confirmed for the Soccerex Asian Forum, taking place in Doha, Qatar, 5-6 December. Al Khater will be talking about preparations for the 2022 FIFA World CupTM in Qatar and Xavi will be... FIFPro Report Dispels Myth Of Footballer Luxury Lifestyles http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4677/title=fifpro+report+dispels+myth+of+footballer+luxury+lifestyles+ World Players Union, FIFPro, have today released the findings of its first worldwide survey of working conditions in mens professional football. The 2016 FIFPro Global Employment Report looks at the life of players with the aim of raising awareness of the realities faced by footballers globally. The report uncovers the conditions of those players who are not among the elite at the top end of the sport. Independently assessed by the University of Manchester in the UK, the survey is... Burnley Celebrate Business Hub Success http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4676/title=burnley+celebrate+business+hub+success Burnley Football Club were celebrating award success as Sharon Froggatt was named Marketer of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony. The success of the Business Hub at Turf Moor has been reflected in a major award, with Sharon Froggatt being named Marketer of the Year at the 2016 Downtown Lancashire Women in Business awards. Sharon is the clubs New Business Sales Executive and has played a key role in the development of the highly-popular business venue, which is located in a... Plane Crash Claims Lives Of Brazilian Football Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4675/title=plane+crash+claims+lives+of+brazilian+football+team A plane carrying 81 people has crashed in on its approach to Medellin in Colombia, claiming the lives of 76 people. Its understood onboard were the Chapecoense football team all of whom are thought to have died. The team were travelling to Colombia, via Bolivia, to take part in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. That game has now been suspended as Conmebol, the football confederation for South America said all activities had suspended. A statement on the... Comment: Harnessing The Emotional Power Of Sports Fans http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4674/title=comment%3A+harnessing+the+emotional+power+of+sports+fans "Brands are able to harness the powerful emotional connection of sports fans" - Forbes This is how DiscountIF was described in a recent article by the business magazine, Forbes . We feel this is a great summary of what we're all about and today I'd like to expand further with a practical example using Delta's sponsorship of Chelsea FC. In my previous article I spoke about the problem which is presented to both sports clubs and their sponsors when dealing with sponsorship deals. Bringing out... AFC Revamps League Tournament Management http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4673/title=afc+revamps+league++tournament+management Asian Football Confederation selects Genius Sports to revamp league and tournament management. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has entered into an agreement with Genius Sports , a global leader in sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services, to develop a Competition Management system that can be rolled out to the AFCs 47 Member Associations. The Competition Management system is fully integrated with the FIFA Connect Programme and will be used to help Member... Sunderland Appoint New Chief Football Officer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4672/title=sunderland+appoint+new+chief+football+officer+ Simon Wilson has been appointed chief football officer at Sunderland AFC. Wilson will join the Premier League club on 1st January, 2017, after 10 years at Manchester City. The new role will support chief executive Martin Bain and manager David Moyes to create and drive a cohesive approach to all areas of the clubs football operations. During his time at Manchester City, Wilson held the position of director of football services, working across the City Group family of clubs. Prior to this,... Fulham Showcase Enhanced Training Centre http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4671/title=fulham+showcase+enhanced+training+centre Fulham Football Club has welcomed visitors to its Motspur Park Training Ground, showcasing its new and much enhanced elite training centre. Improvements to the centre, funded entirely by chairman Shahid Khan, are in line with the clubs commitment to maintaining its EPPP Category One status. Following an extensive build period and the collaboration of national and local governing bodies to achieve a state of the art complex, the amenities will be utilised by the First Team and Academy, but... Rotherham Set To Welcome One Millionth Fan To Stadium http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4670/title=rotherham+set+to+welcome+one+millionth+fan+to+stadium Rotherham United are set to welcome the one millionth customer through the AESSEAL New York Stadium turnstiles at this weekends televised Yorkshire derby with Leeds United. The 1,000,000 th supporter is anticipated to make their way through the turnstiles at Saturdays Sky Bet Championship showdown with Leeds at the weekend, with the milestone including every competitive game played by the Millers at their new home which officially opened in 2012. Not included in that tally are the... Intermediaries Involved In Two Thirds of English Transfers http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4669/title=intermediaries+involved+in+two+thirds+of+english+transfers From 2013 to date, English clubs had the most transfers involving engaging club intermediaries - 905, representing 37.7% of all incoming transfers to England. The report compiled by FIFA Transfer Matching System (FIFA TMS) offers an extensive overview on the involvement of intermediaries in all international transfers completed since 1 January 2013. Considering only transfers with fees, the percentage of 67.0% suggests when engaging a player for a fee, English clubs used intermediaries in two... The FA NSPCC Launch Abuse Helpline http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4668/title=the+fa++nspcc+launch+abuse+helpline+ As more claims of child abuse in football emerge, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The launch of the free, independent helpline follows former footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Paul Stewart speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers. The helpline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642. Sue Ravenlaw, The FA's head of equality and... Million Pound Project Launched For Disability Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4667/title=million+pound+project+launched+for+disability+football EFL Trust and Wembley National Stadium Trust have announced the Every Player Counts project backed by over 1m in investement. Disability football in England has received a major boost following the announcement of Every Player Counts, a new 1.1m project from the EFL Trust that aims to attract almost 10,000 new participants into the sport. Supporting the EFL Trusts aim to increase sports participation for all, the landmark project has been made possible thanks to funding from... Host City Success As Asian Forum Announced http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4666/title=host+city+success+as+asian+forum+announced International major event leaders debate future at Host City 2016 in Glasgow; Asian edition announced. As Host Citys most successful conference and exhibition yet closes in Glasgow, the organisers announce an extra event in Beijing in May 2017 for the Asian market Leading figures from the world of sport governance and major event ownership convened in Glasgow on Monday and Tuesday for the Host City 2016 Exhibition and Conference to discuss how to attract and host secure and engaging... Comment: Attended vs Unattended Payment Kiosks http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4665/title=comment%3A+attended+vs+unattended+payment+kiosks Self-service payment kiosks are growing in popularity with customers, with 40% of customers preferring to use self-service kiosks over human contact based transactions. Research has shown that by adding self-service, businesses could see a saving of 1-2.5 million in operational costs. There are multiple different types of payment, from the old school cash, to the modern Apple Pay and Bitcoin. POS transactions within stadiums must adapt to the preferences of users, most which... Monetisation in Sports – The Problem for Sports Teams Retailers http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4664/title=monetisation+in+sports+%96+the+problem+for+sports+teams++retailers In previous posts weve been discussing the topic of sports sponsorship; and how sponsors and sports teams alike can implement our technology to assist in leveraging their sponsorship partnership. However there is another angle at which the technology developed by DiscountIF can assist football clubs and retailers in engaging their audience further to increase merchandise and ticketing sales. Many sports teams are faced with the challenge of increasing sales for both merchandise and... Walsall FC Appoints New Academy Manager http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4663/title=walsall+fc+appoints+new+academy+manager Walsall Football Club has confirmed the appointment of Graham Biggs as their new Academy Manager. Following the departure of Neil Woods in October, Biggs will oversee the entire academy structure and will be responsible for the development of young players from 9 years of age through to our under-18 squad. In the 16 years that Graham has been at the club, hes played an integral part in promoting young players through our academy system and into the senior squad, said Chief... Aldershot Town FC Appoint Three New Directors http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4662/title=aldershot+town+fc+appoint+three+new+directors Aldershot Town FC has appointed three new Directors onto its board, bringing decades of expertise and increased investment into the club. Lewis Scard is joined by Iain Ross and Stephen Mallett, whom all have vast and varied business experience, on the board at National League club. We have been working very hard with Lewis, Iain and Stephen for some time, and are always looking for new investors, said Chairman Shahid Azeem. We are also looking at all the work that needs to...