Football Queensland (FQ) is pleased to confirm the Sunshine Coast competition structures for the 2022 season following the completion of 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 community representatives, including a club workshop and feedback opportunities,” General Manager – Central Coast Region Andy Allan said.
“The competition models we have adopted for Sunshine Coast align with the reforms Football Queensland is implementing across the state and provide a unified and flexible structure that will continue to grow and progress the game.
“Our focus throughout this process has been to deliver better pathways between leagues with more playing opportunities to suit our participants at a local level, especially for women and girls ahead of an expected surge in female participation in the lead-up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand.
“We have also introduced some exciting new concepts for our young players, including under-6/7 and under-8/9 girls only MiniRoos leagues.
“I’d like to thank all clubs and participants for their contributions throughout this process, and we look forward to seeing all members of our Sunshine Coast community back out on the pitch in 2022.”
Minor amendments have been made to MiniRoos football with under-6/7 and under-8/9 girls only leagues being introduced in all hubs and under-10 and under-11 Sunshine Coast teams and under-11 Gympie teams now playing across the Sunshine Coast region. MiniRoos Carnival days will continue in 2022 with two carnivals planned for the season.
Tiered leagues will be introduced for under-10 and under-11 age groups if nominations reach 12 or more teams to create like-vs-like and best-vs-best competitions.
Girls only and mixed leagues have been optimised to best fit the current player age range of the Sunshine Coast participation base with under-15 and under-17 age groups introduced. Under-7 and under-9 girls age groups will be split into North and South if six or more teams participate in these competitions. The under-12 age group is now non-competitive with teams playing 9 v 9 on smaller fields.
Senior leagues remain largely unchanged aside from the splitting of Masters leagues into two divisions if 12 or more team nominations are reached.
The new and existing structures in place are designed to meet the ongoing needs of the Sunshine Coast region and ensure all players, coaches and referees have opportunities to enjoy high-quality football experiences.