Queensland football given major overhaul
SOME of regional Queensland's top clubs have been rewarded with a spot in the revamped NPL Queensland competition.
Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United, a joint venture between two clubs, will be joined by Brisbane Premier League champions Lions FC when the new competition kicks off next year.
Fourteen clubs will make up the NPL Queensland, including South West Queensland Thunder, Sunshine Coast and Western Pride, with 14 more in the newly-formed Football Queensland Premier League.
Four regional outfits - Football Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Wanderers (backed by Buderim Wanderers) Gold Coast Athletic and Gold Coast Galaxy - have also been admitted to the FQPL from which two teams will be promoted each season.
Ipswich Knights, Logan Lightning and NPL Women's Queensland sides Souths United and Eastern Suburbs are among a diverse range of 10 Brisbane teams also admitted to the state second tier.
Football Queensland president Greg Redington said the restructure provided fresh impetus at all levels.
"This is a new era for football in Queensland," he said.
"As we approach the end of PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland's fifth season, this is a prime opportunity to be bold and to advance our sport.
"Welcoming more clubs to state-level football means new opportunities for players, coach, referees and administrators.
"These changes are especially encouraging for football's regional footprint as we tap into more of Queensland's talent pool.
"We now look forward to working closely with all 28 clubs over the coming months in preparation for this big leap forward."
Monday's announcement of successful applicants follows the Football Queensland Board's ratification of the selection panel's recommendations.
Applications are currently being accepted from teams interested in taking part in PS4 NPL Women's Queensland from 2018, with Football Queensland to begin assessing submissions on Monday, 19 June.
PLAYSTATION 4 NPL QUEENSLAND CLUBS
- Brisbane City FC
- Brisbane Olympic FC
- Brisbane Roar FC Youth (Young Roar)
- Brisbane Strikers FC
- FNQ FC Heat
- Gold Coast City FC
- Lions FC
- Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United
- Moreton Bay United FC
- Northern Fury FC
- Redlands United FC
- South West Queensland Thunder FC
- Sunshine Coast FC
- Western Pride FC
FOOTBALL QUEENSLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
- Eastern Suburbs FC
- Football Wide Bay
- Gold Coast Athletic FC
- Gold Coast Galaxy FC
- Holland Park Hawks FC
- Ipswich Knights FC
- Logan Lightning FC
- Mitchelton FC
- Peninsula Power FC
- Rochedale Rovers FC
- Souths United FC
- Southside Eagles FC
- Sunshine Coast Wanderers FC (Buderim Wanderers)
- Wolves FC