Robert Cavallucci on FQ’s involvement in NST bidding process

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci recently featured on an episode of The Subs Bench podcast to discuss multiple issues in the Queensland football space.

One of the more hotly debated topics were the allegations and rumours swirling on social media regarding Football Queensland’s involvement in the National Second Tier bidding process.

On The Sub’s Bench podcast, Cavallucci strongly defended against these claims that Football Queensland were roadblocking clubs from putting a final bid in and doubled down on the body’s support for the state’s NPL clubs who intend to join.

Cavallucci spoke specifically about how the process of selecting clubs for the National Second Tier would work.

“As the governing body that process of choosing clubs needs to be independent process of selection criteria and run by Football Australia. We’re not going to come out and publicly pick winners, or one bid over another bid or one endorsement over another,” he said on The Subs Bench podcast.

The allegations against Football Queensland online suggested the body worked against clubs that applied for the NST, but Cavallucci was quick to shut that notion down.

“Certain negative sentiments were being deliberately disseminated and that happens in these circumstances. If the clubs bid was deficient in some capacity and the likelihood of success was low, the easiest way to defer responsibility is to put it onto the third party,” he said.

“The easy victim in this case is the governing body. It’s their fault our bid didn’t stack up, it’s their fault that we’re deficient in these areas.”

Football Queensland throughout the process remained fully supportive of the new competition but understood it was likely not the right time for specific clubs in the state to be involved as soon as 2025. Cavallucci mentioned working with other bodies to try and find a solution for these NPL clubs to get involved.

“None of that is true. We absolutely supported clubs where we were asked to in certain ways. I spoke regularly to many of the presidents involved to provide support to them and they would ask us questions, proactively engage with Football Australia,” he said.

“We were enormously active in the assembly of the National Second Tier model, we were in working groups with Football Australia for two years leading up to it.”

There were six applicant clubs progressed to the National Second Tier Request for Proposal phase, however, ultimately four NPL Queensland clubs withdrew making public and private statements regarding their decisions and they demonstrated patience. The four clubs cited a preference to wait for a more mature NST final model.

NPL Queensland have clubs that certainly can garner the financial strength through amazing peer support and critical revenue streams. They have clubs with insanely rich histories in this country that deserve to be playing at the highest possible level.

There has been very little discussion as to whether Football Australia will cast the net wider and expand on the 8-team league it currently is however it gives the six Queensland clubs some time to sort out financials and launch an improved bid.

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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