Football Queensland has today released details of the South East Queensland Advanced Junior Boys competition structure and target dates for its implementation from 2022 as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reforms.
“The Future of Football 2020+ reforms are set to provide valuable new development opportunities for junior players, with a new Advanced Junior Boys structure to connect the football pyramid for Under 12 to Under 18 footballers across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba in line with the senior competition reforms,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Football Queensland is excited to provide aspirational players and clubs with a brand new ability to progress through SEQ advanced Junior Boys leagues, with movements between leagues to be determined by club assessments that consider technical outcomes and other related factors.
“The new junior competition structure will see the introduction of new FQPL competition divisions to complement the existing NPL Boys structure that consists of the NPL Academy and the NPL Development.
“This structure will provide motivation for clubs to continually raise the standard of their junior programs through a focus on technical outcomes and player development, while they will also benefit from the support of FQ’s Club Development Unit to build capacity and strengthen their program delivery.
“The FQPL Development and FQPL Metro leagues will sit below the current NPL Junior Boys divisions, while local region-based FQPL leagues will be introduced across SEQ, minimising travel requirements while delivering ‘like v like’ and ‘best v best’ playing opportunities.
“The new structure will see clubs transition from their previous junior Premier League in each SEQ region into the new FQPL Metro Brisbane North and South, the FQPL Metro Gold Coast, the FQPL Metro Sunshine Coast and the FQPL Metro Toowoomba.
“The reform implementation process and consultation with clubs in South East Queensland will take place over the coming months, with final league compositions made public in September ahead of the 2022 season.”