Football Queensland announces 2020 Football in Queensland Awards Week

Football Queensland have announced the 2020 Football in Queensland Awards Week will be held online this Monday, 14 December.

The awards week will see honours presented in a number of categories across the NPL Queensland and the FQPL competitions, as well as acknowledging the achievements of local community clubs and individuals.

Football Queensland is delighted to confirm the details of the 2020 Football in Queensland Awards Week, which will be a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and accomplishments of Queensland players, coaches, referees, clubs and volunteers,” FQ President Ben Richardson said.

“After a year that has provided many challenges, Football Queensland is looking forward to recognising the outstanding individuals and clubs who contribute so much to football across the state.”

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci claimed the Football in Queensland Awards Week would be a reflection of the governing body’s vision to unite the sport.

“Football Queensland is excited to celebrate the achievements of those involved in a 2020 season which was like no other,” Cavallucci said.

“It is important that we take the time to come together and acknowledge the contributions of members of our football community, many of whom were instrumental in getting our game back up and running after the challenges presented by COVID-19.

“The format of this year’s Football in Queensland Awards Week will be unique, with award nominees and recipients to be announced on Football Queensland’s website and social media channels in a week-long celebration of the season.

“As well as recognising the best players, coaches, teams and match officials from the NPL Queensland and the FQPL competitions, Football Queensland is also looking forward to celebrating the valuable contributions of individuals and clubs at community level across the state.”

2020 Football in Queensland Awards Week Awards

NPL Men’s:

Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Goalkeeper of the Year
Coach of the Year
Golden Boot
Fair Play Award

NPL Women’s:

Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Goalkeeper of the Year
Coach of the Year
Golden Boot
Fair Play Award


Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Goalkeeper of the Year
Coach of the Year
Golden Boot
Fair Play Award


Mark Shield Medal – Senior Referee of the Year
Des Miles Medal – Junior Referee of the Year
Mick Navakovic Medal – Emerging Elite Referee, in support of young referees
Assistant Referee of the Year


Club of the Year
Service to Football Award
Volunteer of the Year
Dieter Klose Community Referee of the Year
Tom Dickson Athlete with a Disability Award
Coach of the Year – Male
Coach of the Year – Female
Junior Team of the Year
Senior Team of the Year

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Saudi Arabia’s sporting presence strengthens

Saudi Arabia’s continuous growth within its entertainment sector has taken another major stride, with the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) involved in the creation of a futuristic Sports and Entertainment Stadium set to overlook the ever evolving, city of Riyadh.

Named after the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, The Mohammad bin Salman Stadium will hold up to 45,000 spectators.

The QIC enlisted the guidance of globally renowned architecture firm “Populous”, to assist with the conception of the complex stadium. Bold provisions, involving a retractable roof and LED wall, enable the stadium to transition depending on the requirements of the various events, it may host.

Ranging from lightshows, Football Matches, Boxing Events, E-Sport competitions. The question now begs, what Sport can it not host?

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has spearheaded the project, determined to guide Qiddiya, to ultimately become the World’s leading district of Sports and Entertainment. While aiming attention at shifting Saudi Arabia’s culture, through the Qiddiya philosophy,” the Power of Play”.

The Power of Play philosophy leverages extensive research showcasing how interactive activity is vital for cognitive development within society. How sport can be a driving force for unification and social cohesion.

The Stadium is another symbol, indicating the Saudi Arabian presence among the world Sport, becoming more ominous. However, what affect will this stadium have on Football? It is no surprise, given the financial competence, how Saudi Arabia continue to set trends within world football. World class players within Europe are beginning to trade continents, chasing more lucrative paydays abroad.

In what mirrors the stadium and its bold ambitions, Saudi Arabia continues to command its voice to be heard, on a global front in relation to their football. They can no longer be ignored. This state-of-the-art stadium is just another aspect of what the country is capable of, in becoming a football powerhouse.

It is beyond exciting to see Saudi Arabia spearhead a renaissance of football within Asia. Let’s see what magical moments can be created at this exciting location.

PepsiCo and Roshn Saudi League collaborate to increase fan base

The Roshn Saudi League (SPL) has confirmed a substantial agreement with PepsiCo, which will benefit both the league and its fans.

According to the terms of the arrangement, PepsiCo’s engagement will last until the completion of the current RSL season and the full 2024/25 campaign. The partnership will see PepsiCo’s well-known brands integrated into various aspects of the league’s operations, with Aquafina serving as the league’s official water partner, Pepsi as the official soft drink partner, Gatorade as the official sports drink partner, and Lay’s as the official potato chips sponsor.

The alliance intends to improve fans’ match day experiences through a series of activations and events that leverage PepsiCo’s global reputation for quality and innovation. This initiative demonstrates the RSL’s commitment to creating unique and entertaining experiences for its devoted fans.

This collaboration with PepsiCo builds on Lay’s current sponsorship of the Saudi Women’s Premier League, consolidating PepsiCo’s position in the Saudi football scene and confirming the company’s commitment to football development at all levels.

Carlo Nohra, Chief Operating Officer of the Roshn Saudi League, explained why the deal would work for both sides.

“We are delighted to welcome PepsiCo into the RSL family as a gold partner,” he said via press release.

“This partnership aligns with our mission to offer fans innovative and engaging experiences. PepsiCo’s commitment to football and its global reputation for quality will undoubtedly enhance our league’s appeal and the overall fan experience.”

Aamer Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Middle East Business Unit added via press release:

“We are thrilled to join hands with The Roshn Saudi League as Gold Sponsors for the season. This partnership signifies a shared commitment of excellence, passion, and the pursuit of victory. Together, we aim to elevate the beautiful game to new heights, delivering unforgettable experiences for fans and fostering a legacy of greatness.”

This partnership with PepsiCo, who are well-known for its strong ties in the sports and entertainment industry, underlines the importance of the league to collaborating with organisations that share a passion for football and its fans.

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