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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.”

 

Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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