Football Queensland has offered Gold Coast Knights a licence to compete in the National Premier Leagues Queensland, beginning in the 2019 season.
FQ can also confirm that Gold Coast City has not been offered a place in either the NPL Queensland or the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL).
Following the widely-publicised separation of operations between Palm Beach Soccer Club and Gold Coast City, both City and Knights applied for positions in Queensland’s expanded two-tiered competition.
After assessing both applications, it has been determined that Knights merit a position in NPL Queensland.
With the City-Palm Beach separation occurring just three months before the start of the 2018 season, Knights will enter NPL Queensland in 2019, ensuring the club has the best possible preparation for the jump in competition.
The region’s rapidly growing population and player base makes the Gold Coast a strategic priority, and FQ is confident the region can support two elite-level teams.
FQ will work with Gold Coast Knights throughout 2018 to ensure the club makes a smooth transition in 2019.