As part of Football Queensland (FQ)’s commitment to improving player experiences, three South East Queensland (SEQ) clubs participating in FQ’s Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) program will play in their respective zone’s highest appropriate competition for the 2020 season.
All clubs who applied for a SAP rating for 2020 were informed in September 2019 that clubs who received a Bronze rating would join their zone competition for the 2020 season.
As part of the SAP rating process, clubs who received a Bronze rating and those without a rating were classified as part-time programs for 2020. Under 9 to Under 12 boys teams at these clubs will compete in their zone’s top competition this season, whilst still being invited to participate in SAP state carnivals throughout the year, alongside other clubs whose development programs have been identified by FQ’s Football department.
FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said the decision would provide development opportunities for both the SAP teams and their opponents in local competitions.
“SAP is a development phase rather than a league itself,” Ganczer said.
“The decision made in September 2019 regarding SAP clubs was made in collaboration with our South East Queensland zones, and has been implemented to provide players with the opportunity to face appropriate challenges and opponents throughout the season.
“While providing development opportunities for our SAP players involved, this decision will also strengthen the local zone competitions as teams benefit from increased competition in the opposition they are playing.
“We would like to thank our South East Queensland zones for working with us to implement this initiative for the 2020 season.”