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NPLW UPDATE # 1

SOUTHS UNITED PS4 NPLW UPDATE #1

On 11 July 2017, it was announced that Souths United FC was successful in our application to be awarded the licence to continue participation in this competition.  This completion has also been expanded to a 14-team league. 

Recent news is that Football Queensland has reviewed the application from Western Pride FC and has now offered Western Pride FC a licence which will take the competition to 15 teams.  It is noted that further changes may alter the final line up of the competition structure with the recent announcement of the merger between Gold Coast Galaxy and Gold Coast Athletic now known as Gold Coast United and further appeals from Olympic FC is pending. The format of the PS4 Women’s Queensland competition is currently being finalised of the 2018 season and will be announced by FQ as they are confirmed.

Team compositions:

·         Senior Women’s

·         Under 17 Girls

·         Under 15 Girls

·         Under 13 Girls

Souths United FC provides an equitable environment with ample opportunity for players to realise their development and playing potential through its provision of excellence in participation at elite competition levels, coaching, facilities and opportunity pathways.  This is further encouraged through our excellent performance and achievements by our players during the 2017 season.  Here is a glimpse:

NTC Brisbane Roar Youth/QAS: Bronti Hodgkinson; Charli Farmer selected!; and more recently Imogen Noon has been invited to train with the squad

Charlie (left); Bronti (Right) – just before their first game for the NTC/QAS Game against Western Pride Boys. 

Both girls aspire to represent their country and gain international football experiences

Overseas Opportunity

Touring with Gary French - Hong Kong & America 2016

Lily Rae - Signed for Stoke City

State Selections:

Large number of Souths United players selected in Queensland State Teams: Jade Willis, Amaliah (Mali) Mangungu, Tara Appleby, Holly Gray, Kailey Lincoln, Kezia Pritchard and Jasmine Barry 

NEXT STEPS:

Now we commence our build for readiness into 2018.  To prepare for next season, we have an enormous amount of work to undertake to ensure our teams are ready.  Some key next steps over the forthcoming months include:

  • Review and alignment of current organisational structure to deliver to FQPL, PS4 NPLW and Football Brisbane competition structures and criteria
  • Appointment to positions and recruitment of critical coaching staff – in progress
  • Coaching Development Sessions – C, B, & A Licence Levels as appropriate to age groups
  • Seek expressions of interest to participate in NPLW at Souths United https://form.jotform.co/72032701018846 to register your interest
  • Identification of talent and selection of existing Souths United FC players for retention into the 2018 squad per relevant age groups
  • Conduct player trials and complete final player selections
  • Deliver information sessions and updates to interested parties
  • Finalise fees and inclusions

Other News:

Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) – Souths United FC has applied to have licence to run SAP for both Boys and Girls.  The Skill Acquisition Program will offer an expansion of age groups to U9, U10, U11 and U12 and participation in the Queensland Junior Premier League. Decision on applications is still pending and we will advise once known.

Football Brisbane Competition Structures:  Impacts of the new competition structures at the Football Queensland level have impact on how the Football Brisbane competition structures will operate for 2018 (both Seniors and Juniors).  Draft structures have been circulated to clubs for feedback of which Souths United FC have provided back to Football Brisbane.  The review process will take a several weeks and we will advise outcomes once determined.  At time of this publication, the Senior Competition Structure has been announced (see www.footballbrisbane.com.au ), though the Junior Competition and Women’s Competition Structures are still in review/pending.