Avondale FC and LALIGA enter into football development partnership

Melbourne, November 28, 2023.- Avondale Football Group (AFG) and LALIGA are pleased to announce the formalisation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the parties to elevate the game through mutual collaboration projects focused on football excellence. The agreement heralds an exciting new era for growth in Australian football. 

Avondale FC are the current champions of Victoria and were recently selected as a foundation club for the recently announced National Second Tier which is anticipated to commence from 2025. With the objective of collaboration through bilateral relations, the MOU will amplify the flow of knowledge & expertise from LALIGA – the largest football ecosystem in the world – into the Australian club. Both parties will work towards growing football participation and improving youth development pathways for aspiring boys and girls across Victoria.

Iván Codina, Managing Director of LALIGA for Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Australia said, “We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with Avondale FC to elevate football development at this crucial moment in their history in Australian professional football, taking advantage of the experience we have after more than 90 years leading professional football in Spain, and more specifically in the six years that LALIGA has been in the country. This MOU signifies our commitment to the football development beyond Spanish barriers through knowledge sharing and collaboration with regional partners.” 

President of Avondale FC, Anthony Wardan, said: “Following a historic season including recently being announced as a National Second Tier Foundation Club, we are extremely pleased to continueour growth by announcing a new partnership with LALIGA. LALIGA’s unparalleled expertise and extensive networks will enhance our capabilities on and off the field, nurture young Australian talent, and make a positive contribution to the growth of football in Australia. Together, we hope to shape the future of the game we love and elevate Avondale FC’s position as a beacon of football excellence and a club for the future.” 

Glen Rolls, LALIGA delegate for Australia and New Zealand, added: “At LALIGA we are very excited about the announcement of this agreement. We have been very impressed with the vision of Avondale FC for the future and through this MOU we hope to make an impact and help towards growing the game in what is one of the fastest growing regions of Australia.” 

LALIGA is the largest football ecosystem in the world. It is a private sports association, made up of 20 football clubs/SADs in LALIGA EA SPORTS and 22 in LALIGA HYPERMOTION, and is responsible for the organization of professional and national football competitions. It has over 200 million followers on social networks globally, across 16 platforms and in 20 different languages; and has the most extensive international network of any sports property, through which it is present in 41 countries and 11 offices, with headquarters in Madrid (Spain). The association is socially active through its Foundation and is the first professional football league in the world with a competition for players with intellectual disabilities: LALIGA GENUINE.

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