Football Queensland (FQ) has announced a new women’s knockout tournament which is set to kick off in in early 2021.
The Kappa Women’s Super Cup will be state-wide competition and has been implemented in part due to feedback from FQ’s Future of Football 20+ consultation effort.
FQ labelled the new tournament as a historic and exciting new opportunity for women and girls in Queensland.
“FQ made it clear in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan that women and girls are the future and we are continually working on implementing infrastructure, pathways and participation formats to embrace that potential,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“The Kappa Women’s Super Cup provides a great conference-based platform for players while bringing to life a key Competition Reform opportunity outlined in the Future of Football 2020+ Opportunities Paper, which documented the football community’s appetite for connected competitions and an increase in knockout football formats.”
Clubs will be divided by region for the tournament with North, Central and South East Queensland conferences before a finals series in Brisbane.
“There’s no better time to introduce this tournament than with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 driving FQ’s infrastructure and participation objectives and with 2021 marking the 100-year anniversary of the earliest recorded public women’s football match in Queensland,” Cavallucci said.
“This model has strong stakeholder support and delivers a best-v-best and like-v-like outcome that gives Queensland’s female footballers a chance to showcase their talents.”
Italian sportswear brand Kappa will be the naming rights sponsor for the tournament – in early October the brand signed an extension to be Football Queensland’s official apparel partner for a further three years. Kappa is also the official apparel partner for Western United FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.
“Kappa is excited to be so closely involved with a tournament that breaks new ground for women in football,” Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty said.
“We proudly support women and girls in sport, creating custom kits and products that genuinely cater for female athletes and audiences, and the Kappa Women’s Super Cup demonstrates this commitment from the grassroots through to the professional level.
“This is another great sign of the strength of our long-lasting relationship with the growing Queensland football community.”
Queensland clubs can nominate their interest to compete in the tournament via the Football Queensland website.