Football Queensland can today reveal the league composition of the advanced Brisbane Men’s and Women’s competitions for 2022.
Next season, more than 40 clubs will transition to a connected FQPL competition framework in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions.
The Men’s pyramid will consist of seven divisions from NPL through to FQPL 6, while the Women’s pyramid will have four divisions from NPL to FQPL 3.
The FQPL Brisbane Men’s and Women’s competitions will sit within the SEQ Conference that also includes the FQPL Gold Coast, FQPL Sunshine Coast and FQPL Toowoomba.
“From next season, clubs participating in the Brisbane advanced pyramid will grow to at least 75, connected through a system of promotion and relegation,” said FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci.
“The new football pyramid is completely open, accessible, transparent and will strengthen the pathway for aspirational clubs and players at all levels.
“Clubs in the advanced pyramid will have their license and participation packs issued over the coming days.”
The confirmed league compositions displayed below are based on current standings across all first-grade competitions from the NPL to Capital Leagues.
Minor amendments may be required should final league positions change significantly from 2021.
In 2022, the FQPL 3 to 6 will be comprised of clubs who previously competed in the BPL and Capital Leagues.
These divisions will be connected to the NPL Men’s through promotion and relegation, with two clubs being promoted or relegated each year across all divisions.
FQ can confirm that 2021 BPL premiers Albany Creek Excelsior will automatically be promoted to FQPL 2 after their recent confirmed premiership.
The second-placed team in the BPL will play off against the winners of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba Premier Leagues for the final spot in the FQPL 2.
The teams that finish bottom of the current BPL and Capital League 1 may be relegated to FQPL 4 and FQPL 5 respectively.
Should the second-placed BPL team win the play off and get promoted to FQPL 2, the teams that finish bottom of the current BPL and Capital League 1 will not be relegated.
The top two clubs at the end of the 2021 season in each Capital League will be promoted to the respective FQPL Brisbane division.
To ensure competition and league balance, several additional positions were made available for interested clubs to apply to enter the FQPL 4, 5 and 6.
In the Women’s competition, the FQPL 2 to 4 will be comprised of clubs previously in the BWPL and Capital Leagues.
These FQPL divisions will be connected to the NPL Women’s through promotion and relegation, with two clubs being promoted or relegated each year across all divisions.
The team that finishes first at the end of this FQPL Women’s season will be promoted to the NPL in 2022, while the top two teams at the end of the Capital League season will be promoted to the FQPL 2.
The FQPL 2 will comprise of clubs predominantly from the existing Brisbane Women’s Premier League, while the FQPL 3 will comprise of clubs from the current Capital League.
Final league compositions for 2022 will be determined based on final league standings at the end of this season alongside requirements outlined in the tiered licence framework.