Football Queensland (FQ) Wide Bay is pleased to confirm the competition structures for the 2021 season following the recent consultation, feedback and review phases.
“Today’s announcement is a direct outcome of the multi-stage consultation and feedback process involving all clubs and many more community representatives, including last month’s workshops and subsequent surveys,” Region General Manager Andy Allan said.
“The competition models we have adopted align Wide Bay with the reforms FQ is implementing across the state and provide a unified and flexible structure that will continue to evolve and take the game forward, not just next season but in the years to come.
“Our focus has been to deliver better pathways between leagues with more playing opportunities, especially for women and girls as we support female participation.
“The new girls-only MiniRoos League for U9 to U11 and new girls-only U12 to U14 Wide Bay North League reflects this strategic emphasis, and there is now a clear pathway from those age groups into localised Youth Girls competitions and on to the senior Wide Bay South, Wide Bay North and Wide Bay Premier League levels.
“These changes and the further reforms to the structures for MiniRoos, Juniors and Senior Men, including the ‘carnival’ days we’re introducing for U9 to U11 teams, will contribute to the overall growth of the game in what is an extremely excited period for football in Wide Bay, with the Talent Support Program (TSP) and Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) programs coming to the region and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on the horizon more broadly.”
FQ Participation, Clubs and Community Manager Dan Birrell said the reforms contributed to positive progress for Wide Bay and Queensland.
“FQ’s Strategic Plan for 2020-2022 recognises the need to engage stakeholders, make playing and administering football easier and emphasise women and girls as the future,” Birrell said.
“That is what has happened throughout this process, and it has been pleasing to see the level of collaboration that has taken place.
“From a competitions perspective, FQ is fully committed to developing models that are sustainable and promote best-v-best and like-v-like outcomes for participants.
“The structures now in place in Wide Bay meet these ongoing objectives while ensuring all players, coaches and referees have ample opportunity to enjoy high-quality experiences in the game.”
Registrations for the upcoming 2021 season will open in January.
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