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Football Queensland Premier League 4 – Metro
Capital League 1
Capital League 1 Logo
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid6
Promotion toFootball Queensland Premier League 3 − Metro
Relegation toFootball Queensland Premier League 5 − Metro
Domestic cup(s)Canale Cup
Australia Cup
Current championsAC Carina (2019)
Current premiersSt George Willawong FC (2019)
WebsiteFootball Brisbane SportsTG Fixtures & Results
Current: 2019 Capital League 1

Capital League 1 is the second tier of men's senior football (soccer) in Brisbane, (5th tier Queensland and Level 6 within Australia). It is administered by Football Brisbane. All clubs participating in Capital League 1 must field two teams, one in first grade, and another in the reserves competition. Clubs in the NPL and Brisbane Premier League cannot field their reserves teams in this division.[1]


The first edition of a second tier league in the Brisbane soccer competition to be widely reported was the newly formed Division 2 in 1921. Seven clubs contested the Division 2 championship in 1921: Blackstone Rovers, Queens Park, Kangaroo Rats, Western Suburbs, Toowong, Bulimba Rangers and Kedron United.[2] Blackstone Rovers, an Ipswich-based club, won the Division 2 premiership after beating Queens Park 1–0 in a play-off after the clubs finished level on points at the end of the regular season.[3]

A second division of the Brisbane soccer competition has been contested continuously since 1921 with the exception of the early 1930s when the Ipswich clubs broke away from the Brisbane competition to form their own league, and during World War 2. When the top clubs split away to form the Queensland Soccer Federation in 1962, enough clubs joined the new body to form a Division One under the new State League. The QSF absorbed the former Brisbane & Ipswich District Football Association clubs in 1964 and the top two divisions were renamed back to Division One and Two in 1965. Since the formation of the Brisbane Premier League in 1983, the Brisbane soccer competition structure has been altered several times. Second tier divisions in the Brisbane competition have been:

  • Division 2 (1921 to 1961)
  • QSF Division 1 (1962 to 1964)
  • Division 2 (1965 to 1982)
  • Division 1 (1983)
  • Intermediate League (1984 to 1986)
  • Division 2 (1987 to 1996)
  • Semi-Pro Division (1997 to 2001) – in North and South sections from 1997 to 2000
  • Division 1 (2002)
  • Premier Division 1 (2003 to 2012)
  • Capital League 1 (2013 to present).[4][5]

From 2003 to 2012 the tier below the Brisbane Premier League was known as Premier Division 1. It operated as a twelve team competition from 2004 to 2009, then expanded to fourteen teams for season 2010, to accommodate clubs returning to the BPL from the now defunct Queensland State League.

Since being renamed Capital League 1 in 2013 in which the competition has returned to a 12 team format.


The regular season consists of 22 rounds with teams playing each other twice in a home and away format. The team which finishes first is crowned as the Premiers of the division.

Following the regular season the top four teams on the table play in a finals series using the following format:

  • First Week: Semi Final 1 – 3rd vs 4th; Semi Final 2 – 1st vs 2nd
  • Second Week: Preliminary Final – Loser Semi 2 vs Winner Semi 1
  • Final Week: Grand Final – Winner Semi 2 vs Winner Preliminary.[1]

The winner of the Grand Final is declared as the Champions of the division.


At the end of the regular season the top two teams are eligible for promotion to Brisbane Premier League.The bottom two teams at the end of the regular season are relegated to Capital League 2.


The clubs for the 2023 season are shown in the table below:[6]

Team Home Ground Location Founded
AC Carina Brisbane Abruzzo Club Carina 1984
Annerley FC Elder Oval Annerley 1945
Brisbane Athletic FC Pinkenba Recreational Reserve Pinkenba 1982
Brisbane Knights Croatian Sports Centre Rocklea 1957
Ipswich City FC Sutton Park Brassall 1975
Mount Gravatt Dittmer Park Mount Gravatt 1960
New Farm United SC New Farm Park New Farm 1986
Samford Rangers FC Samford Parklands Samford 1973
The Gap Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap 1944
UQFC University of Queensland St Lucia 1955
Virginia United Albert Bishop Park Virginia 1970
Western Spirit FC Kippen Park Goodna 1974

Seasons since 1962[edit]

Season Competition Regular season Finals series
Premiers League Runners-Up Champions Score Finalists
1962 QSF Division 1 Germania Redbank Dinmore Grand Final result unknown
1963 QSF Division 1 Redbank Dinmore Mitchelton Grand Final result unknown
1964 QSF Division 1 Hollandia-Inala Unknown Grand Final result unknown
1965 Division 2 St Helens Redbank Dinmore Redbank Dinmore 2–1 St Helens
1966 Division 2 Hollandia-Inala Polonia Hollandia-Inala 3–1 Polonia
1967 Division 2 Azzurri Polonia Grand Final result unknown
1968 Division 2 Germania Wynnum District Grand Final result unknown
1969 Division 2 Latrobe Wynnum District Grand Final result unknown
1970 Division 2 Wynnum District Easts-Aston Villa Grand Final result unknown
1971 Division 2 Oxley United Mitchelton Mitchelton 5–2 Oxley United
1972 Division 2 Wynnum Mount Gravatt Wynnum Unknown
1973 Division 2 Annerley Southside Eagles Grand Final result unknown
1974 Division 2 Southside Eagles / St Helens United top two Southside Eagles 2–1 St Helens United
1975 Division 2 Redlands United Mount Gravatt Grand Final result unknown
1976 Division 2 Annerley Wynnum District Gold Coast United Unknown
1977 Division 2 Grange Thistle Sunnyside United Grange Thistle Sunnyside United
1978 Division 2 Wynnum District Gold Coast United Gold Coast United Unknown
1979 Division 2 Olympic Darra United Grand Final result unknown
1980 Division 2 Pine Rivers United Salisbury Goodna and District Unknown
1981 Division 2 North Star Goodna and District No finals series
1982 Division 2 Newmarket Bardon Latrobe Juniors Bardon Latrobe Juniors Unknown
1983 Division 1 Wynnum District Newmarket Wynnum District Unknown
1984 Intermediate League Brisbane Lions reserves Valley Trident Brisbane Lions reserves Unknown
1985 Intermediate League Wynnum District Mitchelton Rochedale Rovers 3–1 Wynnum District
1986 Intermediate League Rochedale Rovers Acacia Ridge Rochedale Rovers Acacia Ridge
1987 Division 2 Brisbane Croatia Wynnum District Wynnum District Brisbane Croatia
1988 Division 2 Pine Rivers United Acacia Ridge Acacia Ridge Unknown
1989 Division 2 Acacia Ridge Ipswich United Grand Final result unknown
1990 Division 2 Nerang Brisbane Croatia Nerang 3–1 Brisbane Croatia
1991 Division 2 Grange Thistle Lutwyche United Grand Final result unknown
1992 Division 2 Inala City Acacia Ridge Wynnum District 5–3 (a.e.t.) Acacia Ridge
1993 Division 2 Willowburn Wynnum District Willowburn Unknown
1994 Division 2 Brisbane City Grange Thistle Brisbane City Unknown
1995 Division 2 Nerang / Beenleigh top two St Helens United 2–1 Nerang
1996 Division 2 Brisbane Olympic Rocklea United Grand Final result unknown
1997 Semi-Pro Division 1 North Mitchelton North Star Mitchelton 4–2 Albany Creek
Semi-Pro Division 1 South Toowoomba United Mount Gravatt Mount Gravatt 2–1 Inala City
1998 Semi-Pro Division 1 North Eastern Suburbs Albany Creek Albany Creek 3–0 Eastern Suburbs
Semi-Pro Division 1 South Toowoomba United Rocklea United Toowoomba United 2–1 Capalaba
1999 Semi-Pro Division 1 North North Star Albany Creek North Star 1–0 Eastern Suburbs
Semi-Pro Division 1 South Rocklea United Souths United Rocklea United 2–1 Souths United
2000 Semi-Pro Division 1 North University of Queensland Mitchelton No finals series
Semi-Pro Division 1 South Eastern Suburbs Souths United No finals series
2001 Semi-Pro Division 1 North Star The Gap North Star 2–0 Mitchelton
2002 Premier Division 1 Pine Rivers United Souths United Pine Rivers United 3–2 Souths United
2003 Premier Division 1 Eastern Suburbs Mitchelton University of Queensland 2–0 Brisbane Olympic
2004 Premier Division 1 University of Queensland Brisbane Olympic University of Queensland 4–3 Peninsula Power
2005 Premier Division 1 Mount Gravatt Beenleigh Mount Gravatt 3–1 Peninsula Power
2006 Premier Division 1 Ipswich Knights Peninsula Power University of Queensland 1–0 Brisbane Olympic
2007 Premier Division 1 North Pine Brisbane Olympic Brisbane Force 2–0 Beenleigh
2008 Premier Division 1 Eastern Suburbs Capalaba Beenleigh 3–2 Capalaba
2009 Premier Division 1 Pine Hills Beenleigh Beenleigh 2–1 University of Queensland
2010 Premier Division 1 North Pine University of Queensland University of Queensland 3–1 North Pine
2011 Premier Division 1 Lions FC North Star North Star 3–0 Moggill
2012 Premier Division 1 Albany Creek Pine Rivers United Pine Rivers United 3–1 Logan Lightning
2013 Capital League 1 Mitchelton Bayside United Mitchelton 3–2 Mount Gravatt
2014 Capital League 1 Mitchelton Taringa Rovers Taringa Rovers 1–1
4–2 (p)
Bayside United
2015 Capital League 1 Holland Park Hawks North Pine Holland Park Hawks 3–0 North Pine
2016 Capital League 1 Souths United Grange Thistle Grange Thistle 0–0
3–2 (p)
Southside Eagles
2017 Capital League 1 Taringa Rovers North Pine Taringa Rovers 3–2 (a.e.t.) North Pine
2018 Capital League 1 Caboolture Sports Toowong Toowong 0–0
4–2 (p)
Caboolture Sports
2019 Capital League 1 St. George Willawong North Star AC Carina 3–2 St. George Willawong Brisbane Football (Soccer) Tables (Tier 2 Top Four – 1921 to 2018)


Matches from Capital League 1 are irregularly filmed by FBTV. Media outlets in Ipswich and Toowoomba in particular follow the fortunes of their local clubs.


  1. ^ a b "Football Brisbane – Rules of Competition 2017" (PDF). Football Brisbane. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ "SOCCER FOOTBALL". The Week (Brisbane). Vol. XCI, no. 2, 361. Queensland, Australia. 25 March 1921. p. 21. Retrieved 2 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "SOCCER NOTES". The Daily Mail (Brisbane). No. 6025. Queensland, Australia. 28 September 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 2 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Queensland (Brisbane Zone) Champions – Brisbane Capital League Division One". website. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Capital League 1 – Placings 1983 to 2018". Brisbane Football (Soccer) Tables. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Queensland Football (Soccer) Tables". Retrieved 22 March 2023.

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