FOOTBALL Victoria (FV) has agreed to a multi-year agreement with the Latrobe Valley Soccer League (LVSL) for the delivery of senior competitions, Grievance, Disciplinary, and Tribunal (GDT) processes for junior and senior competitions.

FV has engaged with the LVSL committee over several months and, in consultation with member clubs, determined a structure to enhance the competitions throughout the Latrobe Valley region, through the streamlining of administration processes, matchdays, fixturing, and results entry.

“The two groups working collaboratively will benefit from FV’s shared service support which will include administrative support, improved technology, and better access to club development and referee and coaching programs,” FV’s Executive Manager Football Operations, Dan Birrell said.

The agreement will also ensure the LVSL retains a voice in the region to accommodate the uniqueness of regional soccer.

LVSL President, Allan Roberts said he has a “firm belief” that the agreement will provide professionalism and integrity to their senior competitions.

“We would like to thank our member clubs for their support and input as we have worked towards this major milestone in managing the LVSL senior competition structures,” he said.

“It was clearly identified that our senior competitions needed more than a small but committed group of volunteers could offer.

“This will result in a better product for our players, supporters, and clubs, another positive outcome we anticipate is that we will see volunteers who were engaged at the board level being able to invest their time back into their clubs, ensuring that they continue to grow and prosper.

“The LVSL would also like to thank FV for their support, openness, and transparency as we have worked towards an agreement that is for the betterment of our senior competitions in 2024 and beyond.

“To our member clubs, we ask for your patience and respect throughout this season as we transition to new processes and systems.

“It will take time to iron out any identified areas of deficiency, but if we continue to work collaboratively and respectfully we will see the benefits this season and beyond. ”

Following the release of FV’s Regional Review Discussion Paper following extensive consultation with regional associations, clubs, and stakeholders, FV’s Head of Growth & Development, Lachlan Cole outlined the partnership would “streamline processes for a high-quality experience for both clubs and officials, and further highlights FV’s renewed commitment to regional participants as we continue to explore modern, unified ways to deliver football across Victoria”.

FV competitions have commenced preparations for season 2024, including team entry processes, Rules of Competitions, fixturing, and season calendars.

LVSL fixtures are expected to be released in the next fortnight.