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.
FQ is pleased to announce the launch of the Q-League in 2020, a structured competition to replace the SEQ Football League, and has been designed to celebrate Queensland's cultural diversity 👪⚽
— Football Queensland (@FootballQLD) December 22, 2019
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.”