Football Queensland would like to thank clubs, volunteers and referees for the successful delivery of 979 football matches in Queensland over the weekend, including 501 games across Brisbane.
FQ Senior Manager – Participation, Clubs & Community Dan Birrell said the FQ competition and referees team worked with clubs to comfortably handle the extra matches.
“This weekend saw FQ deliver close to 1,000 competitive matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday without interruption,” said Birrell.
FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci praised clubs and volunteers and said FQ is on track to deliver critical competition reforms.
“Over the last 14 months, FQ has transitioned to a streamlined administration model designed to reduce duplication and costs whilst improving service delivery for clubs and participants,” said Cavallucci.
“What we saw over the weekend was more evidence of the benefits of the reform model in action and that by working with clubs we can continue to deliver on these commitments.
“FQ has been administering competitions across community football in six zones in preparation for the rollout of connected competitions in 2022.
“Clubs across Queensland are excited about connecting the football pyramid and we have already received applications from affiliated clubs from Gold Coast to the Far North.”
Cavallucci also announced the appointment of two new staff members to bolster the referees team.
“As we implement these competition reforms, I am excited to welcome Christine Burchnall and Bryony Duus to FQ.
“Christine has 14 years of experience working in football across referees, competitions and administration.
“She has built strong relationships within the South East Queensland football community and will provide valuable expertise as an accredited assessor of referees.
“Bryony is a former Matilda and Olympian and brings a wealth of knowledge of the Australian sports industry having worked in administration and logistics roles for Swimming Australia and Sport Australia.
“FQ is excited to welcome two women of such high pedigree as we continue to elevate women and girls in every aspect of our game.”