FFA Announcement: New Community Digital Platform
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Football Federation SA (FFSA) are pleased to announce changes to the My Football Club national registration system and the competition management system for 2019 and 2020.
Interact Sport have been appointed to provide a replacement for both of these systems, with the My Football Club registration system being replaced from the start of NPL registrations this year (1st December 2018). The competition management system will remain on the SportsTG platform for the 2019 season and will be migrated to Interact Sport by the end of 2019. The competition management system will be made available to all affiliated clubs and associations as of season 2020.
This consolidated system will deliver many benefits, some of which are summarised in this memo. It will be launched under the Play Football brand and underpin a variety of enhancements to playfootball.com.au focused on improving the digital experience for our participants.
After gathering requirements for the new systems across the football community, FFA engaged up to 15 digital vendors in an exhaustive 7-month process which concluded with Interact Sport being selected.
Interact Sport are a complete sports management platform who have vast experience in the Australian sporting landscape currently providing products to Cricket Australia, Rugby AU and Netball Australia. They are currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
Registration System Changes
The national registration system will be ready for administrators involved in the National Premier Leagues and State Leagues as of December 2018 in preparation for National Premier League registrations to commence on the 1st December 2018. All other administrators will have access to the system as of mid January.
The new system will have a fresh new look and feel with other benefits including:
- Mobile responsive pages
- Registering via social logins (Facebook and Google)
- Easier ways to employ discounts to players
- New registration package builder
- Management of family registrations through one account
Competition Management Changes
The competition system will start migrating from Sports TG to Interact from late 2019 in selected areas with a full rollout expected for the 2020 season.
The new competitions system benefits include:
- Electronic match sheets managing allocation of participants
- Integrated referee scheduling system
- Automatic fixturing
The system will have even more benefits ready for the 2020 season.
We are currently working with each Member Federation to develop a timeline and process specific to each Member Federation’s needs. This includes putting in place education plans and resources to ensure each association and club receive the training required to ensure the easiest possible transition to the new system.
The Play Football support centre will be operational throughout the rollout with opening hours increased from mid-November to support people using the system outside of work hours. The system will be supported by videos and guides to help with the transition of the system.
A roadshow will be conducted in your Member Federation where information on Interact as well as a sneak peek into the system will be shown. The roadshow will be an opportunity for you to see how Australian grassroots football digital future looks as well as provide the opportunity to ask questions.
The roadshow will be held on Thursday 11 October with training for clubs and associations to commence following the roadshow. Further details on training sessions will be provided to clubs in the coming weeks.
If you would like to attend the road show please contact FFSA for further details.