Football Queensland introduce Q-League to promote cultural diversity

In a statement released on Friday, Football Queensland announced that they will be introducing a new league into the system, which will replace the SEQ Football Competition.

The Q-League will launch at the start of next season and it’s another key aspect of their 2020-2022 Strategic Plan released earlier this year which has been executed well.

Cultural diversity is something that is ever-growing in Australia and Football Queensland has taken the opportunity to celebrate this, whilst also enhancing their local competition.

Their Strategic Plan outlined that there were clear intentions to make soccer as readily available for everyone in the state as humanly possible. This is something that usually goes without saying, but FQ have decided to attribute more resources to this area in an attempt to get ahead of the pack.

Teams can apply for entry into the league through a link on the press release page, which can be accessed via the link in the above tweet from Football Queensland.

The full press release can be found below:

Football Queensland (FQ) has today announced the launch of the Q-League for the 2020 season.

The Q-League, a structure league competition with a focus on multiculturalism and inclusion, will launch in 2020 to replace the SEQ Football competition and has been designed to celebrate Queensland’s cultural diversity.

The new league will fall under FQ’s Community pillar, with three pillars to encompass Queensland competitions and programs from next year; High Performance, Community and Social.

The announcement of the FQ Community League follows the release of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland, which outlines a vision to provide high-quality, accessible football experiences to allow anyone to be involved in football regardless of age, gender, location or cultural background.

Aligning with this vision, the community league has been developed to provide an opportunity for newly-arrived community members and teams to participate in an organised football competition.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci said Football Queensland was focused on growing participation opportunities across the state.

“Football Queensland has identified a need to provide opportunities for more people to participate in football no matter their cultural background, age and ability, and this will be a focus for us over the next three years,” Cavallucci said.

“Football Queensland is committed to growing the game in Queensland, and we will do this by working on the development of new products and game formats to make football more accessible across the state.”

Murray Bird, General Manager – Operations, Compliance & Game Development said the Q-League would provide a pathway for community players wanting to transition to club football.

“While offering an opportunity for community teams of a range of cultural backgrounds to compete in a structured competition, the Q-League will also provide a pathway to club football for players and teams,” Bird said.

“We are pleased to be able to support these players who have a goal of transitioning from the community league to club football.”

 

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FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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