Media Release from Football Queensland

FOOTBALL: Football Queensland has confirmed the competition format and fixtures for the inaugural FQPL Champions League, with the tournament’s first-ever matches kicking off next month. 

Edge Hill United have booked its spot as representatives of the Northern Conference following their Australia Cup win over MA Olympic, while Central Coast side Frenchville FC and Wide Bay’s Across the Waves will go head-to-head to determine the Central Conference qualifier. 

“The FQPL Champions League is one of the most exciting outcomes of the Future of Football 2020+ competition reforms, providing brand new opportunities for aspirational clubs and players across regional and South East Queensland as we work to further unite our game throughout the state,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“Through the implementation of the connected football pyramid, the FQPL Champions League will enhance the playing experience, particularly for footballers within the Northern and Central Conferences, by providing them with an opportunity to compete against the best of the best not only within their conference but in the rest of the state. 

“We’re extremely excited to get the inaugural edition of the FQPL Champions League underway next month and look forward to seeing the state’s first-ever winners crowned.” 

“The FQPL Champions League is set to deliver fantastic new opportunities for our regional players through exposure to high-level competition as they come up against teams from outside their conference,” FQ General Manager – Central Coast Region Andy Allan said. 

“This allows them to get a sense of how they compare to players in the equivalent leagues in other regions while also acting as an additional talent identification opportunity. 

“The participating teams will also benefit from exposure to travel as they progress through each stage of the tournament, with the last remaining regional side taking on the SEQ-based FQPL 1 Premiers in the FQPL Champions League Final.” 

Frenchville FC and Across the Waves will compete in a two-legged tie based on aggregate scores to determine the Central Conference qualifier. 

The regional qualification pathway will then culminate in a Northern v Central Conference clash, with the Central winner taking on Cairns side Edge Hill United for a spot in the Final against the FQPL 1 Premiers. 

Fixture dates have now been confirmed, with further information on venues and times to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Central Conference Qualifier Leg 1 
Frenchville FC vs Across the Waves FC 
Ryan Park 

July 2 | 6:30 pm 

Central Conference Qualifier Leg 2 
Across the Waves FC vs Frenchville FC 
The Waves Sports Complex 

August 13 | 6:30pm 

Northern Conference v Central Conference Qualifier 

September 24 

October 8 

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