Player Dispensation Explained
Players are eligible to play in their own age group however, players who wish to play up or down an age group can submit a Dispensation Request.
Players and clubs can seek dispensation for a variety of reasons and must submit supporting documentation in their request outlining why a player should play up or down.
All cases will be assessed individually by the Football Queensland (FQ) Competitions and Technical departments.
Player Dispensation Criteria
a) Clubs may apply for dispensation to play a player one – two (1 – 2) years above, or one (1) year below, their age group through the Dispensation Request Form and must provide evidence of extraordinary circumstances such as footballing development and size.
i. If the next available age group for a player to play up into is a composite age group, FQ in its sole discretion, may waive the requirement to complete a Dispensation Request form and grant the request.
b) FQ will not allow any player to play three (3) or more years above their own age group.
c) Players must be turning 16 years of age (male), or 15 years of age (female), during the calendar year to register to play in senior men and women competitions. Players who are eligible may play in both the senior competitions and in the junior competition they qualify
d) Clubs are not permitted to play more than three (3) players up an age group at any one time, without first being granted approval by FQ and the CA. Clubs may make an application to FQ to allow for additional players to play up.
e) Clubs may seek to apply for dispensation to play down an age group for any one of the following reasons;
- Physical size
- Team viability (as defined below)
- Social/Cultural grounds
All dispensation requests must be submitted by 5pm each Thursday to FQ and include the following;
- Supporting medical documents such as a doctor’s certificate with accompanying physical testing evidence e.g., bone density, BMI, height/weight measurements as well as a full body photo of the player for reference (team photo for reference to players of the same age).
- Dispensation request form to be complete by the club with approval of the parent/guardian prior to submitting the dispensation request
- Further Information from the club outlining why the player is required for team viability and is unable to field eligible players within a two (2) year age window (team viability application).
- Further evidence as requested such as a letter from the school detailing social
f) Any requests submitted after 5pm each Thursday will not be considered until the following
g) FQ in its sole discretion, may approve or decline a dispensation The decision of FQ will be final.
h) A player who has been granted dispensation (to play down) may not participate in a higher division or age group or the dispensation will be
i) FQ reserves the right to withdraw an approval regarding a player playing down at any The decision to revoke the dispensation is final and is not subject to appeal.
j) If approved, FQ will confirm the decision in writing with the club. Please note that until the Club receives the approval, the player is ineligible to participate in the divisions they are seeking approval for.
Note: Team viability is defined as allowing the club to field eleven (11) players and no less than nine (9). A team is not viable if it requires more than two (2) players to field a full team.
Player Dispensation Process
The following process will be applied to all player requests to play up or down an age group:
What is Assessed?
If the dispensation request requires the FQ Technical department to assess the player, a range of criteria based on the four corners of holistic player development (technical & tactical, psychological, physical and social) will be used.
- Where the player is in their growth cycle
- If the player is an early or late developer
- Players physical age in relation to their Peak Height Velocity (PHV)
Additionally, the Football Australia six core competencies will be used to assess each player:
- Mentality of a winner
- Emotional stability
- Game intelligence
- Body ball control
How To Measure Seated Height
Seated height is the measurement from the base of an individual sitting on a chair to the top of their head as pictured.
Notification of Outcome
The outcome of the assessment is private and will only be shared with the players parents and the club that lodged the request. The Football Queensland Competitions department will endeavour to have the outcome back to either the club or the parent within 3 business days from assessment.
Player Dispensation Forms
Please complete the below form that is relevant to you in conjunction with your club: