Football Queensland (FQ) Wide Bay is pleased to confirm the community competition structures for the 2022 season following the completion of the recent consultation, feedback and review phases.
“Today’s announcement is a direct outcome of the multi-stage consultation and feedback process involving all clubs and many community representatives, including club workshops and subsequent surveys,” General Manager – Central Coast Region Andy Allan said.
“The competition models we have adopted for Wide Bay align with the reforms Football Queensland is implementing across the state, and provide a unified and flexible structure that will continue to grow and progress the game.
“Our focus throughout this process has been to deliver better pathways between leagues with more playing opportunities to suit our participants at a local level, especially for women and girls ahead of an expected surge in female participation in the lead-up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand.
“We have also introduced some exciting new concepts for our young players, including a girls only MiniRoos league for Under 8 and Under 9 players.
“I’d like to thank all clubs and participants for their contributions throughout this process, and we look forward to seeing all members of our Wide Bay community back out on the pitch in 2022.”
Under 5 MiniRoos divisions will be introduced in all hubs alongside a girls only MiniRoos league for Under 8 and Under 9 players. Players will also be able to sign up to a club mid-season if they wish to play only in the second half of the season.
Tiered leagues will be introduced for Under 10 and Under 11 age groups if nominations reach 12 or more teams to create like-vs-like and best-vs-best competitions.
Complementing the Senior FQPL competition structures announced, FQPL Youth leagues will be introduced for aspirational players in the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups. Advanced players will benefit from playing against competitors at or above their skill level providing an even playing field and greater development opportunities.
Additional community leagues will also be introduced locally in both Wide Bay North and South hubs including Under 12 and Under 15 girls leagues and Under 15 and Under 17 mixed leagues. The new girls leagues will be scheduled at different times so that players have the ability to play in both matches. Finals have now been changed to a 2 week series.
The introduction of the Wide Bay League will act as a transitional competition between local senior competitions and the FQPL, allowing aspirational clubs to develop their players. Local leagues will now feature a 2 week finals series while FQPL and the Wide Bay League will feature a 3 week finals series. Local FQPL matches may now be played on Friday nights where possible.
The new and existing structures in place are designed to meet the ongoing needs of the Wide Bay region and ensure all players, coaches and referees have opportunities to enjoy high-quality football experiences.
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Please note: times given are the time range of matches e.g. Friday 10.30pm is the time the game finishes. Times may vary depending on field and referee availability. Junior Girls competitions will play at different times than mixed competitions to allow girls to play both.