The groups and opening round fixtures for the Tournament Phase of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Junior Boys competition have been determined following the final round of Competition Phase fixtures held over the weekend.
The competition has now been divided into three groups for the Tournament Phase; the NPL Boys Cup, NPL Boys Shield and NPL Boys Plate, based on the finishing position of clubs in the NPL Academy and NPL Development at the end of the Competition Phase.
The Tournament Phase will kick off this weekend, and consist of either 14 or 16 games for all teams, bringing their total number of matches across the Competition and Tournament phases to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 28.
Football Queensland (FQ) State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said the NPL Junior Boys competition structure has been designed to deliver stronger technical outcomes for young players.
“The competition structure introduced last season provides young footballers with a higher volume of games through the implementation of two competition phases,” Ganczer said.
“With the Competition Phase drawing to a close over the weekend, the Tournament Phase will now commence and will see clubs play in three separate leagues based on the like v like and best v best principles to allow for the best possible developmental outcomes.
“Junior football provides an opportunity to research and implement processes within each football system, and FQ will continue to evaluate this process and engage with our NPL Junior Boys clubs to invite their input and learn from their experiences.
“I’d like to wish all teams the best of luck as the Tournament Phase begins this weekend.”
View the NPL Junior Boys Tournament Phase groups and opening round fixtures below. The remaining fixtures will be released in the coming days.