Football Queensland (FQ) would like to congratulate the Premiership, Grand Final and Playing Style Award winners of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland, NPL Women’s (NPLW) Queensland and Football Queensland Premier League junior competitions.
Within these prominent development leagues in Queensland, 26 clubs committed to nurturing the most committed players in the state and worked within the guidelines of Football Federation Australia’s National Football Curriculum.
For the 2018 season, FQ introduced Finals Series and according to FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer, both clubs and players adapted well to the changing circumstances.
FQ also rewarded the intention of those teams and coaches who were able to stay true to the national playing principles through the introduction of the Playing Style Award in each junior age group of the NPL, NPLW and FQPL.
“Player development is a long-term education journey and team results has no particular significance,” said Ganczer.
“While developing talents, it is important to find the right balance between the players’ individual goals, their progress in a team environment and pose appropriate challenges for them with the right competition structure.
“The coaches’ focus should always be on the individuals to assist them with reaching their potential best.
“At the same time, the Finals Series matches covered a different challenge in line with one of FFA’s six talent competencies which is ‘winning mentality’.”
FQ technical representatives attended matches throughout the regular season and the Finals Series and nominated a team for the Playing Style Award.
Teams earned recognition for their uncompromised style of play and specific aspects of their game, including structured build-up, controlled possession with the intention to break opposition’s lines, creative combination play and collective pressing.
FQ would also like to acknowledge all participants that contributed to the state’s player development in the junior boys and girls competitions, including more than 20 clubs assisting their players to reach state team representation in 2019.