Queensland have taken massive strides towards a stronger footballing future with the announcement that constitutional reforms have been passed across the game.
In what is significant news for the state, the Future of Football 2020+ constitutional reforms have been passed following a vote at the Football Queensland Extraordinary General Meeting held on Saturday, August 28.
FQ Members voted on 11 resolutions put forward with an overwhelming show of support for the Future of Football 2020+ reforms, the first the game has seen in 20 years.
Football Queensland President Ben Richardson acknowledged the significance of the occasion for the state’s footballing participants.
“Today is a momentous day for football in Queensland and we have reached an incredibly exciting milestone. I want to thank our members and the wider football community for embracing change and for their feedback, input and support throughout this state-wide 14-month process,” he said.
“Importantly, today’s outcome represents another crucial step towards the implementation of the ‘One Football’ model outlined in Football Australia’s XI Principles, highlighting the need for a modern streamlined governance framework that will better serve the game, reduce duplication, improve affordability and the quality of football product delivered.”
Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci explained that the focus of the Future of Football 2020+ process has now shifted to implementation of key reforms to strengthen the game and its delivery across the state.
“We can now move forward with common purpose and with certainty we can continue to unite football in Queensland behind a modern, streamlined, responsive, efficient and effective governance and administrative framework from which the entire football community will benefit,” he said.
“2020 and 2021 saw great change across our game in Queensland, our competitions and administration, all built around delivering important reforms to the game.
“2022 and beyond will see years of stability, with remaining elements of these generational reforms implemented, with a focus shifting towards unlocking the commercial potential of our game, improving services to community clubs, improving affordability and preparing our infrastructure for the Women’s World Cup in 2023.”
Football Australia CEO James Johnson congratulated Football Queensland for taking important steps forward in the governance of football across the state.
“We congratulate the Board and Members of Football Queensland on this positive step forward for football in Queensland,” he said.
“Football Queensland have recognised the need to review and modernise its structures so that it can better meet the challenges of modern-day football and deliver the game more effectively and with greater impact for all participants in Queensland.
“This is a significant milestone for football in Queensland and we look forward to seeing the continued growth of the game across the state.”