Phase 3 of Official Technology Partnership
Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland launch mobile responsive website.
Phase 3 of our partnership as Official Technology provider for the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland is now complete. A new modern and mobile responsive website has been designed by Sportlomo following on from our previous redesign of the SFAI’s flagship competition the Kennedy Cup https://www.kennedycup.ie/
The Schoolboys Football Association has been established since 1943 and caters for close to 100,000 players from more than 1,000 clubs through its 32 affiliated Leagues all Ireland.
Almost 1500 teams entered and paid for the Skechers SFAI Cups through our competition management system and the competition draws are now being entered into our competition management system for scheduling over the next few days.
The new website can be viewed at https://sfai.ie/
Well done to the team in SFAI.
SportLoMo are the Official Technology Partners of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland
Sportlomo in partnership with the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) have now launched phase 2 of their technology partnership with the creation of an online entry system for their SFAI National Cup Competitions. SFAI Website
It is expected that over the next month over 1500 teams will use the platform to register for their competitions. It will greatly reduce registration administration and offer the SFAI extensive financial reporting and communication modules.
Phase 3 will involve creating a new state of the art mobile responsive website which will utilise much more of the Sportlomo platform.
Modules such as membership and registration, online payments and invoicing, competition management, referee scheduling, venue booking, communications, website management and more all contained within Sportlomo.
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DU Football Champions (duFC) has extended the registration period due an overwhelming response from schools and teams across the UAE.
The number of participants expected to take part in the youth football tournament has increased from 8,000 to 11,000.
The kick-off date will be October 31 for Abu Dhabi and November 7 for Al Ain. Registration for Abu Dhabi closes on October 21 to allow the additional number of participants to enter the nationwide competition.
duFC has partnered with La Liga to offer young talented players in the UAE the opportunity to kick-start a professional career on an international and national level.
Fernando Sanz, general director for MENA at La Liga, said: “Witnessing this overwhelming response from the youth across the UAE reinforces our belief that there is a strong need for a partnership like the one we have with du to discover the UAE’s future international pro-football stars.
“The du Football Champions platform, with its two cups – the UAE Schools Cup and UAE Streets Cup – will drive young football talents in the UAE to bring their best game forward and we will be there to help them take it to the next level.”
The expected 11,000 players (boys and girls) will consist of 500 teams from the UAE Schools Cup and 500 teams from the UAE Streets Cup.
“The demand for participation in the duFC has been staggering,” said Michel Salgado, duFC championship director. “I have witnessed first-hand how much talent we have in this country and now we have a platform that will allow these talented youth to shine and embark on a professional career.
“I could not be happier, I truly believe that this platform will transform the lives of the youth that play in it and the communities that support it.
Hundreds of schools and thousands of youngsters will compete for the grand prizes which includes an all-expenses paid 14-day trip to Spain with La Liga for training and competitive matches with Spain’s best youth football clubs.
The Cork Schoolboys League is delighted to announce a new 3 year kit sponsorship deal with Joma and Adrian Ryan’s SportsGear Direct company.
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The league (DAWFL) is based in Down in Northern Ireland. Sportlomo has just created a brand new website for the league. The site went live last weekend.
DAWFL Website looks amazing! Well done to Andrew Rodgers, DAWFL Secretary and his team.
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College Football ‘bowls’ will not survive without Corporate Sponsorship.
The college football bowl season gets going on Saturday when Nevada takes on Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Two mid-majors with a combined nine losses taking on one another in a nationally televised football game.
It’s one of five bowl games set to take place on Saturday, the unofficial kick-off to bowl season. Overall, 39 bowl games will be played between Saturday and New Year’s Day. And considering it takes just a .500 record (in most cases) to play in a postseason game, the quality of the product we see isn’t going to be too great.
College Football is big Business
Over the course of the past few decades, the total of amount of bowl games have increased significantly. 30 years after less than two dozen bowl games took place on an annual basis, we are nearing four dozen…a total that could be reached by 2016. And nearly all of these games have a corporate name attached to them.
Why were these changes made to what has become an American institution? And how much does corporate America have to do with the expansion of the college football bowl season?
According to IEG, sponsors paid $99 million for 35 bowl games during the 2012-2013 bowl season.
The majority of those dollars—about $71 million—will go to ESPN , which packages bowl naming rights with season-long ad packages for the BCS bowls, plus sells title to the seven bowl games owned by its ESPN Regional Television unit.
You guessed it, this is big business for the Sports Leader. It also affords corporations the ability to get their names attached to what has become an annual tradition around the sports world. As Americans sit back to view the last games of the college football season, we are thrown names like…
The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Duck Commander Independence Bowl and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. That last one is probably one of the best. It promotes both a mortgage company and a vacation destination (Nashville, Tennessee). I can see the commercials right now.
But when did it change? And how did corporate America involve itself in a period of the sports world that used to be defined by names like the Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl and Peach Bowl.
Like everything in the United States, we find a way to make a buck at every possible turn. It’s what made us the capitalist leaders in the world. And it’s also what has come to define bowl season today, at least from a financial aspect.
Back in 1984, there were a total of 18 bowl games at season’s end. Of those 18 games, only one (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl) had the name of a corporation embedded within the name of the bowl. Of those 18 bowl games, only nine are still around under the same name. And five of those are the top-tier bowls that will decide the national champion for the foreseeable future.
Today, all but three bowl games have a corporate sponsor embedded within their names. Of the other three, they are all named after a location, whether it is the Birmingham Bowl or the Hawaii Bowl.
IEG also listed the title/presenting fee for every single bowl game during the 2012-2013 season. And the findings were downright ridiculous. The cheapest were valued at $350,000 and represented the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, among two others. The most expensive were the Sugar and Fiesta Bowls at $17.5 million, both of whom included season-long ad buy-ins on ESPN.
The idea of corporate sponsors buying naming rights to bowls isn’t necessarily new. Games started selling off their naming rights back in 1978. And to be honest, the only reason we really pay attention to it today is the fact that television stations like ESPN insist on utilizing the corporate sponsor nearly every time they promote a specific bowl. That’s also written into the contracts between the station and sponsor. But I digress.
While some may draw the conclusion that the branding of college football is a bad thing, it’s important to note that these corporate deals are among the only aspects of revenue keeping postseason college football alive today.
The Foster Farms Bowl, which is set to take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara later this month, lost $100,000 because it played without a corporate sponsor last year.
The bowl’s executive director, Gary Cavalli, called it “critical ” and indicated that bowls wouldn’t be able to “ survive without a sponsor.”
This is also one of the primary reasons bowls change sponsors on a consistent basis. It’s all about them being able to maintain some sort of financial stability in the face of a climate that doesn’t necessarily call for tremendous profits.
Once of the other interesting dynamics at play here is the creation of the first ever College Football Playoff, which pits four teams against one another in a national semifinal on New Year’s day before the winners of those games play the following week in the national championship.
ESPN is paying more for the rights to broadcast these games, so it makes sense to see an increase in the price of naming rights.
To the average college football fan, this doesn’t really matter. They are still going to sit back and watch two mediocre teams play a football game that’s named after a poultry company.
And that’s precisely the issue with the watered-down product we are going to see this month. It’s more about the expansion of the college football bowl season than it is about the involvement of corporate sponsors…an involvement that dates back to the Jimmy Carter Administration. And an involvement that in many ways isn’t necessarily reflective of big business making huge profits.
So instead of complaining about the naming rights for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, enjoy Missouri and Minnesota play what should be a darn good football game while feasting on some American made chicken wings.
That’s what it should be about.
GARETH Bale, the world’s most expensive player, was in and out of the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium within a matter of hours.
The 24-year-old Real Madrid star, suffering a thigh injury, was included by Wales manager Chris Coleman in the hope he might be available.
But Coleman later said Bale would not play in either match and the forward later withdrew from the squad.
He suggested Bale had been mishandled by Real since he arrived from Tottenham Hotspur last month in a deal widely reported to be the world’s most expensive transfer at around STG86 million.
“I would never criticise another manager — Carlo Ancelotti is a brilliant manager — but La Liga football is a different tempo to the Premier League,” Coleman said.
“The Premier League is the fastest so maybe Carlo is thinking Gareth can handle it, he’s a super athlete.
“But in our last camp he was nowhere near fit. He had a reaction on the morning of the Macedonia game, that is why we only used him for 35 minutes against Serbia last month.”
It was the second time in two weeks Bale has been sidelined by a thigh problem as he also missed the league matches against Getafe and Elche.
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