Football Queensland (FQ) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland, National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) Queensland and Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competition draws.
The draw comes after extensive consultation with clubs and stakeholders.
As announced yesterday, the first round of the 2019 NPL competition will feature the inaugural Football Foundation Shield match between reigning NPL Queensland Premiers Lions FC and newly-promoted Premiers of 2018’s FQPL season, Peninsula Power.
The annual clash, to be contested by the reigning NPL Queensland Premiers and the Premiers of the previous season’s FQPL competition, will take place on Saturday, 2 February at Lions Stadium.
FQ Chief Executive Officer Richard Griffiths said the Football Foundation Shield match would provide a strong start to the NPL Queensland season each year.
“The Football Foundation Shield is set to become an important annual event on the Queensland football calendar,” Griffiths said.
“We encourage football fans to get out and witness an exciting opener to the 2019 NPL season with the inaugural Football Foundation Shield match between Lions FC and Peninsula Power.”
Elsewhere in Round 1 of the NPL Queensland, new club Gold Coast Knights face Magpies Crusaders on Saturday, 2 February in their first NPL game while 2018 Grand Finalists Olympic FC begin the season with a bye.
Eastern Suburbs FC will travel north to take on Sunshine Coast FC on Sunday, 3 February in their first NPL match since being promoted from the FQPL after a strong 2018 campaign. Full 2019 NPL competition draw here.
In the NPLW Queensland, which begins two weeks after the NPL Queensland, 2018 Champions Brisbane Roar FC/NTC open the new season with a clash against Capalaba FC on Saturday, 16 February at FQ’s Meakin Park.
Elsewhere in the opening round of the NPLW, 2018 Premiers The Gap FC take on Logan Lightning at Cornubia Park on Saturday, 16 February. Full 2019 NPLW competition draw here.
In the FQPL, 2018 semi-finalists Logan Lightning will host Capalaba FC at Cornubia Park on Saturday, 2 March in their 2019 campaign opener, while fellow semi-finalists Souths United kick the season off with a bye. Full FQPL 2019 competition draw here.