Football Queensland reveals Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper  

At least seven Queensland football clubs are going to benefit from a share in over $1.5 million in fresh infrastructure funding as a result of commitments made prior to the recent Queensland state election.

Football Queensland have released a Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper, which offers the state’s 183,000 participants a modern, effective vision for the game to unite behind.

“As described in the XI Principles, Football Australia is leading the transition to a holistic ‘One Football’ model that facilitates this essential change. Our game has not undergone reform in 20 years and while everything around it has altered, it is time now for the game to evolve too,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“The Future of Football 2020+ journey began with a vision to develop a new governance model and a streamlined administration model that will allow football in Queensland to flourish; one that enables affordability and consistency in the way the game is delivered across the state, with unified and connected competitions and pathways, ensuring protection and development support for those who participate in it, from players, to coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.”

“The Recommendations Paper is built on the back of twelve months of extensive analysis and consultation with our game’s stakeholders. A number of independent reports produced by governance expert DHW Simpson framed the basis of 20 recommendations that were proposed and adopted by the FQ Board,” FQ President Ben Richardson said.

“Throughout the Future of Football 2020+ journey, the Queensland football community has clearly stated that the game needs to evolve and adapt to meet the changing landscape of sport and the growing needs of its participants.

“This is what our game deserves. Importantly, as the Future of Football 2020+ journey has so clearly confirmed, it is what the community demands of us. As the game’s temporary custodians, we must listen, we must unite, and we must move forward.”

“‘Football in Queensland United’ is more than a vision statement for Football Queensland. It is, above all else, a reflection of our drive to finally bind the entire game around a common future, with a common purpose and in common effort,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“It will inspire a shift away from costly, complex, restrictive and divisive administrative and governance practices and deliver a modern, responsive, efficient and effective framework through which football can truly flourish.

Following the release of the paper, Football Queensland will now conduct a series of consultations across the state with clubs, zones and stakeholders. The governing body will discuss the suggested implementations from the listed recommendations, detailing to interested parties the process of how they will transform the game’s governance, affordability, administration and competitions.

“We’re confident that by working in collaboration with the football community to implement these reforms, we can build a brighter future for football in Queensland and for all who are part of our game,” Cavallucci said.

“It is incumbent upon us all as stakeholders to be committed partners in progress, to align our efforts and to adopt the best-practice approaches that drive affordability and unlock new opportunities.”

The Future of Football 2020+ Recommendations Paper can be viewed here.

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.

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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