Football Queensland (FQ) has today confirmed that all QAS girls teams will participate in the boys’ National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland from 2020.
With female football a major focus for FQ, the strategic decision was made in the interests of junior female technical development, and to facilitate the best development pathway opportunities available.
Commencing 2020, the U14 QAS girls will participate in the U13 boys NPL Development League, the U15 QAS girls in the U14 boys NPL Development League and the U16 QAS girls in the U15 boys NPL Development League.
The change to the competition follows the restructure of the junior boys’ NPL, and NPL reforms that were recommended by the NPL Technical Working Group and recently approved by the FQ board.
During the 2019 season, the U14 QAS girls’ team played in the U13 FQPL competition, which resulted in outstanding success and development, with the team ultimately winning the National Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Football Queensland believes this decision provides the best development opportunity for talented girls in our state and will be crucial in our ongoing plans to produce the next generation of young Matildas.
More information on the NPL reforms will be announced in the coming weeks alongside the progress of the Technical Working Group. Details of the group’s deliberations can be found in the minutes of the meetings, which have been released weekly and are available online at footballqueensland.com.au/technical-working-group/