FootballNews Pty Ltd
ACN: 124 947 780
1st Floor 167 Grote Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Please contact FootballNews via email. Email will get the highest priority and fastest response. Contact by phone will only result in a message being taken and submitted via email to the webmaster.
* To promote South Australian football.
* To provide an independent voice for the most important stakeholders in Australian football - the supporters
* To foster understanding and break down the traditional barriers in the football community that have held back the sport in Australia.
* To demonstrate to the wider community the underlying popularity and strength of local football.
The FootballNews site was first established in 1998. It started out as a project to develop a .asp toolkit of functions to support database driven websites. The .asp tools were developed and SoccerNews, as it was then named, was created to test them.
There was no fanfare about the launch of SoccerNews. After all its purpose was to test the .asp toolkit and at the same time do a little promotion of the local game. It went online quietly. But word of mouth spread quickly and the test site suddenly became very quite popular.
While we continued to enhance the .asp toolkit the popularity of the site grew and grew. We were surprised by its populariy. Despite its largely South Australian focus and its un-official status, SoccerNews was ranked in the top five soccer websites in Australia. Before long we had dropped our focus on testing our .asp toolkit - and were now focussed on improving the functionality of SoccerNews to promote the local game.
At the time of its development SoccerNews was utilising leading edge technology and techniques. The back-end was was quite sophisticated though the front end of the site was quite basic. One problem area was the performance of the site - there was an irritating performance problem that would inexplicably crop up every few months grinding the site to a halt. Over several years we spent months trawling over all the code underlying the site in search of the cause of the performance problem. We incorrectly believed there had to be a fault in the programming. Then we discovered others who were having similary problems. Soon it became obvious that the cause of the problem was a bug in the Microsoft IIS webserver software - a bug Microsoft had known about for several years but had not fixed. We immediately decided it was time to move to a more robust and open software platform.
In late 2003 we commenced planning FootballNews v2. We developed a functional specification, a database specification and selected new hardware and software platforms. By mid 2004 we commenced the coding phase utilising one part time programmer. The project moved forward slowly. We had under-estimated the amount of code that we had created over the five plus years of SoccerNews v1. So by mid 2005 we put a second programmer onto the project.
By the end of 2005 the original project was nearing completion. However we decided there was no need to rush the project into production and opted to add some further functionality. The project was finally completed in March 2006 and FootballNews v2 was launched on the 31st of March 2006.
FootballNews is one of the most popular football related websites in Australia. It is ranked in the top five Australian football sites taking approximately 40 million hits a year.
There are many individuals who have contributed to FootballNews since 1998. Here is a list of some of the major contributors.
Grant Williamson (v1)
Karl Castle (v1 and v2)
Andrew Duxorth (v2)
External design agency from Europe
V2 Testing Team:
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