Football Queensland has today confirmed the 2022 Advanced League structures for the SEQ Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys and Junior Girls competitions as part of the Future of Football 2020+ competition reforms.
“The confirmation of the 2022 Advanced Leagues follows extensive consultation with clubs and participants across South East Queensland, who were overwhelmingly in favour of connecting the football pyramid through competition reform,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“The competition structures that will be in place for SEQ Men’s and SEQ Women’s Leagues from 2022 will allow for promotion and relegation between leagues, while the Advanced Junior Boys and Girls structures will allow for future movement between leagues as determined by club assessments.
“This will provide motivation for clubs to continually raise their standards through a focus on technical outcomes and player development, while allowing them to build capacity and strengthen their program delivery through the support of FQ’s Club Development Unit.
“In another major boost for clubs, there will be no change to licence fees compared to the current fees paid by clubs participating in 2021 Brisbane competitions, with all fees either reduced or remaining the same for the equivalent competition in 2022.”
In 2022, the FQPL 3 to 6 Brisbane Leagues will replace the existing Brisbane Premier League and Capital League structures.
The new football pyramid will deliver connected competitions from the NPL to the FQPL 6 through promotion and relegation.
Club placement in the FQPL leagues will be merit-based and determined based on their final league standings from 2021.
There will be no change to licence fees for clubs participating in the FQPL 2 to FQPL 6 competitions when compared to the current 2021 fees for equivalent Brisbane competitions.
Club licence fees that cover both the First Grade and U23’s teams will either be reduced or remain the same compared to licence fees currently being paid by Brisbane clubs participating in the 2021 Brisbane Premier League and Capital League competitions.
In 2022, the Advanced Women’s competition structure will see the introduction of a new FQPL 2 and local region-based FQPL 3 competitions.
The new football pyramid will deliver connected competitions from NPL to FQPL 3 through promotion and relegation, with two to be promoted and two to be relegated each season.
This new structure will see clubs transition from the existing Capital League 1 Women’s competition into the new FQPL 3 Brisbane.
There will be no change to licence fees for clubs participating in the FQPL 3 in 2022 when compared to the current fees paid by clubs in the 2021 Capital League 1 Women’s competition.
The 2022 Advanced Junior Boys structure will see the introduction of new FQPL Development and Metro leagues to complement the existing NPL Boys structure that consists of the NPL Academy and the NPL Development.
The football pyramid will deliver connected competitions from NPL Academy to local region-based FQPL Metro Leagues in South East Queensland, while in Brisbane the 2022 structure will see clubs transition from the existing Brisbane Youth Premier League and Division 1 Boys competitions into the new FQPL Metro Brisbane North and South.
The FQPL Development League will include U13 to U18 age groups and will comprise of clubs predominantly from the current FQPL 2 Men’s, replacing the existing BYPL.
Movement between leagues will be determined by club assessments that consider technical outcomes and other related factors.
In 2022, the Advanced Junior Girls competitions will continue within the existing NPL Girls (U14 and U16) structure and results will remain decoupled from NPL Women’s competitions.
This structure will provide a smooth transition between age groups by connecting SAP Girls (U10 to U12) to the NPL Girls competitions (U14 to First Team).
Clubs involved in the Advanced Junior Girls structure will be assessed as part of the club licensing process for the NPL Girls competitions.
The 2022 Advanced Junior Girls structure will sit above the Community Junior Girls structure, allowing for future movement between leagues to be determined by club assessments that consider technical outcomes and other related factors.
There will be no additional fees for NPL Junior Girls teams as costs are factored into each club’s NPL Women’s licence.