Football Queensland’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan to meet National Ambition

FQ Strategic Plan

Designed to meet the targets and ambitions of a united, national strategy for the game, Football Queensland has released the 2023-2026 One Football Strategic Plan.

The purpose is to bring communities together through football and represent its vision as a leading football nation where everyone is inspired to live and love the game.

If the targets and ambitions of a united national strategy are to be successful, it is necessary to streamline the governance and administration and integrate critical strategic and operational functions and to support the execution of sport initiatives.

The transformation of moving towards an agile, modern, fit-for-purpose framework for football is in line with the international standards and best practices of sports governance in the country.

Football Queensland has dedicated its time and effort by working closely with Football Australia and other Member Federations to unify the sport behind a common purpose and a shared vision with a One Football pathway.

The Strategic Plan covers Football Australia’s vision detailing topics such as focus areas and measures of success across the four main pillars, providing the state of affairs from a national perspective while at the same time covering in-depth plans for implementation at the state level to delivering strong results for football in Queensland.

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, it is of utter importance that the next generation of female participants have a chance to be a part of the world game for which it will involve developing the right pathways, constructing the necessary infrastructure and increasing the support of clubs by delivering the right results in the states across the country.

The governing body of the state is bound to achieve 50/50 gender parity for participants, referees, committees and club officials by 2027. A key component is leaving a lasting legacy for future generations by welcoming the potential for all women and girls across all parts of the game, by giving the opportunity for all.

The four strategic pillars involved in Football Australia’s One Football Plan are Participants and Clubs, Elite Teams and Pathways, Fans and Unifying Football.

The first pillar’s ambition is to be the most accessible sport in the country where everyone can play any time, anywhere, with the focus areas ranging from driving participation retention and growth, especially for women and girls at the national level to evolving Football Queensland’s referee strategy and enhance the referee academy in the state level.

Football Queensland’s key targets are:

  • 328,000 registered participants
  • 9,400 registered coaches
  • 62,000 women and girl participants
  • 3,600 registered referees

The second pillar priority is to reimagine the Australian development for its players by producing world-class teams, players, coaches as well as referees in the country to build capacity in strengthening pathways for improved player results by providing the best technical practice into clubs through an expanded academy of Football Queensland and a coordinated club development program at the state ambitions.

Football Queensland’s key targets are:

  • 20% national representation across all levels
  • 15 Advanced Coaching Courses
  • Home of Football project delivered before 2026
  • 25 advanced female technical directors

National ambitions for the third pillar are to attract and increase an inspired fanbase who adore and devote their time and effort to Australian football properties, the focus areas involve enhancing the passion for the national teams and establishing modern products to drive fan engagement to organising new fan engagements around the current leagues, championships and competition products.

Football Queensland’s key targets are:

  • 15,000-seat capacity tier 2 stadium
  • Convert passive fans to active
  • Celebrating achievements
  • Festivals of Football

Lastly, the aspiration of the fourth pillar is to unite the sport and to recognise the true potential of football not only in the state but in the whole country. By doing this the focus areas will be that administration will be improved in maximising operational efficiencies and governance will need to be enhanced to achieve greater alignment and focus of the national level to improving the football experience, supporting club development and unlocking the achievements of critical strategic objectives.

Football Queensland key targets are:

  • Football first decisions
  • Deliver an agile modern fit-for-purpose framework
  • Reposition resources in administration
  • Increase revenue and efficiencies

Football Queensland has and always will value respect, pride, integrity and unity at all levels of the game.

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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