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Football Federation Australia (FFA) last week released the outcomes of the National Competition Review (NCR) which looked at all aspects of the competitions conducted by FFA, the Member Federations and State League Clubs around Australia at Youth League, State League & Hyundai A-League level. The proposals contained within the NCR will go far in helping realise the vision of “Making Australia a World-Class Football Nation” by aligning the Elite Player Pathway from the grass roots to the Hyundai A-League and up to the Qantas Socceroos.
FFA CEO Ben Buckley believes that the outcomes of the NCR will result in better Australian footballers being produced - in greater numbers.
“The outcomes from the National Competition Review are the culmination of 18 months of work by FFA in collaboration with our Member Federations,” said Buckley.“Throughout this process, we have consulted with the football community and listened to what our various stakeholders have had to say.
Preliminary details of the APL which replaces the existing top tier competitions in each state, this being the QSL & JPL in Queensland, were outlined in Brisbane last weekend during the first of several presentations to be hosted by the FFA in conjunction with its member federations.
Queensland's Regional Associations, Brisbane Club representatives and the Queensland State League Clubs attended the briefing.
The APL is a step forward in developing the very best talent across all age groups from Senior First Team Football to Under 12’s, and is a logical improvement to the QSL & JPL. This is for both male & female players.
Over the coming months, Football Queensland will embark on a process that will bring together the 12 best applicants (Clubs) to form the Australian Premier League here in Queensland.
Next step is to submit an Expression of Interest, which South West Queensland has submitted.
We now follow the consultation process & will meet FQ/FFA representatives in the following weeks to go over the accreditation criteria needed to submit an application.
Transition to the new format will be overseen by Ben Mannion, recently installed as Chief Operations Officer for Football Queensland.
We assure you, we will go to every endeavour to look after our SWQ Representative players and it is our intention to involve our Clubs and Competition Administrators and the greater football community in this process.
This will be important to our collective success, and after our initial meeting with the Chief Operations Officer at Football Queensland we will have a better understanding on how and when we can do this."