More Queenslanders than ever before will have the chance to play at a semi-professional level with Football Queensland today announcing a significant expansion of the state’s elite player pathway.
On the back of Thursday’s official confirmation of football as Australia’s number one club-based participation sport, Football Queensland has made an historic move to introduce a new 14-team second tier competition beneath the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland.
Set to launch in 2018, the competition will be known as the Queensland Premier League (QPL) and will enable promotion and relegation between the state’s top two tiers.
PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland, which launched in 2013, will also be expanded from 12 to 14 teams in 2018.
The bottom two PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland clubs as calculated by the combined final placings of Senior, Under-20, Under-18 and Under-16 teams will be relegated each year and replaced by the top two QPL clubs determined by the same points system.
The groundbreaking developments follow wide-ranging feedback from players, coaches, parents, clubs, Football Federation Australia and further stakeholders and are based on the recommendations of a dedicated review committee.
Clubs across the state will be welcome to submit expressions of interest prior to a formal application process with 2017 marking the final season of PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland’s inaugural five-year licence period.
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