Football Queensland has today released the 2021 timeline for the composition of the new regional Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) Men’s and Women’s competitions, commencing from 2022.
“Football Queensland’s competition reforms are delivering exciting opportunities for players across the state, and the introduction of the FQPL in regional Queensland from 2022 is set to provide significant benefits for local players and clubs,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Connecting the football pyramid will create stronger pathways for players in regional Queensland and provide them with a valuable opportunity to play at a high level while remaining in their region through the introduction of the FQPL in North Queensland, Far North Queensland, Mackay, Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
“Initial stages of a Conference Champions League tournament will be planned to be held throughout the season, providing an exciting new participation opportunity for the best performing sides as the previous season’s top two teams from each regional FQPL competition face off.
“It is planned that the Conference Champions League winners will then go on to compete against their SEQ counterparts in the Champions of Queensland Finals Series to be held at the end of the season, in a key feature of the connected competition structure and in line with feedback received from regional clubs throughout the Future of Football 2020+ consultation process.
“The first stage of the competition reform implementation is already underway, with further consultation currently taking place with clubs across these regions in the lead-up to the closing date for requesting league and licence documents.
“We will continue working with regional clubs throughout the coming months before new FQPL league compositions are made public in September, well ahead of the 2022 season.”