Football Queensland has today confirmed the 2022 Brisbane Community League structures for MiniRoos, Community Juniors and Metro Men’s and Women’s Leagues as part of the Future of Football 2020+ competition reforms.
“We’re excited to provide all clubs in Queensland with access to a sporting merit based, connected football pyramid through the introduction of new community league structures,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“The new Community League structures will ensure stability across Brisbane community clubs and leagues ahead of the 2022 season, and have been designed to enable clubs to find the most suitable place in the football ecosystem that works for them, to improve opportunities for clubs who wish to advance and to be a game-changer for aspirational players.
“These competition structures will deliver valuable cost savings for clubs across Brisbane as Community Junior Boys and Girls clubs and Men’s and Women’s Metro League clubs will see their team fees reduced by 50% compared to 2021.
“In 2022, the Community Junior Boys and Girls Leagues will replace the current Brisbane junior divisional structure, while the Men’s and Women’s Metro Leagues will replace the existing City League structure in Brisbane.
“Throughout this year, Football Queensland has been administering community competitions across six zones in preparation for the rollout of connected competitions in 2022 to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service delivery for all clubs and participants.”
The 2022 Brisbane Community League compositions will be released in the coming weeks.
MiniRoos leagues in 2022 will be geographically hubbed, with Under 6 to Under 9 players from nearby clubs playing against each other in established hubs to ensure travel is limited.
Girls-only competitions will also be offered for Under 8 to Under 11 age groups, while all clubs will have access to MiniRoos resources including coach education and training resources and MiniRoos coaching certificates.
In 2022, Community Junior Boys and Girls competitions (Under 12 to Under 16) will continue with the existing structure on a nomination basis, with final league standings in 2021 used to determine the final league compositions.
This structure will allow for promotion and relegation between divisions for promotion-ready or nominated teams who wish to progress, providing valuable opportunities for aspirational players and teams.
Clubs will see their team fees halved in 2022, and will also benefit from access to high-quality coach education, coaching resources and coach accreditation.
A referee appointment process for qualified and sanctioned referees remains in place in 2022 for all competitive teams.
In 2022, the Men’s and Women’s Metro Leagues will replace the existing City League structure in Brisbane, with this new competition structure to deliver significant benefits to clubs across the Metro North and Metro South zones and provide more opportunities for aspirational players.
The new Metro League structure will allow for promotion and relegation between divisions for promotion-ready or nominated teams who wish to advance, while allowing for crucial cost savings for clubs as Metro League teams will have their entry fees halved compared to 2021 and will pay zero media fees.
With the community structure sitting underneath and outside of the licensed frameworks of the advanced structure, community clubs who wish to step up into the advanced structure will have the opportunity to do so over time.
As part of the new structure, the new Metro League Cup will replace the City League Cup.