National Premier Leagues Queensland

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National Premier Leagues Queensland
Founded 2012
First season 2013
Country Australia Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Relegation to Football Queensland Premier League
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
Current champions Western Pride FC (2017)
Current premiers Brisbane Strikers (2017)
2017 season

The National Premier League Queensland, run by Football Queensland, is the top tier state-level football (soccer) competition in Queensland. The conference is a sub division of the National Premier Leagues. The inaugural season kicked off in March 2013[1] and consisted of 12 teams.[2] Each team will be expected to field a senior team, five junior men's teams from under-12 to under-20 starting in 2013 and women's junior teams in under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-18 starting in 2014.[3]

Each club has been granted a 5-year licence and there is no promotion or relegation from the league during this period. It was announced on December 16, 2016 that there would be promotion and relegation to the NPLQ as of the 2018 season. This announcement came with the addition of the Football Queensland Premier League, a new tier immediately below the National Premier League.[4]


The league directly replaced the existing Queensland State League, as part of the wider introduction of the National Premier Leagues into several states in 2013.

The league commenced with 12 teams in its inaugural 2013 season. This was increased to 14 teams in the 2014 season with the inclusion of Harimau Muda A, Southwestern Queensland and the replacement of the QAS team with the Brisbane Roar National Youth League side. However, the teams were controversially reduced to 13 mid-season, due to CQFC Energy's failure to meet licensing conditions.[5][6]


The season consists of a regular season in which all clubs play each other twice, home and away. At the conclusion of the regular season the top of the table club progresses onto the NPL National Finals Series to play against the champions from other NPL subdivisions. Also at the conclusion of the regular season the top four clubs play a local finals series. The local finals series consists of two semi-finals and a final. In the local finals series the top of the ladder club plays the fourth place and second place plays third. The winner of these local semi finals play each other in the NPL Qld Grand Final.


Current clubs (2017)[edit]

Team City Stadium Founded Joined Head Coach
Brisbane City Brisbane Spencer Park 1952 2013 Australia John Kosmina
Brisbane Roar Youth Brisbane AJ Kelly Field 2007 2014 England James Robinson
Brisbane Strikers Brisbane Perry Park 1994 2013 England Sean Lane
FNQ FC Heat Cairns Barlow Park & Endeavour Park 2009 2013 Australia Tim Campbell
Moreton Bay United Moreton Bay Wolter Park 2012 2013 AustraliaDave Harris
Northern Fury Townsville Townsville Sports Complex 2008 2013 AustraliaPaul Roncato
Olympic FC Brisbane Goodwin Park 1967 2013 Australia Terry Kirkham
Gold Coast City Gold Coast Mallawa Drive Sporting Complex 1966 2013 Australia Grae Piddock
Redlands United Redlands Cleveland Showground Complex 1918 2013 Australia Nick Dibbs
SWQ Thunder Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Stadium 2012 2014 Italy Francesco Zanoncelli
Sunshine Coast FC Sunshine Coast Stockland Park 2007 2013 Australia Roger Hardwicke
Western Pride Ipswich Briggs Rd Sporting Complex 2012 2013 England Graham Harvey

Former clubs[edit]

Team City Stadium Founded Joined Departed
CQFC Energy Rockhampton Rugby Park 2012 2013 2014
Queensland Academy of Sport Brisbane Meakin Park 1991 2013 2013
Harimau Muda A Malaysia Home of opposition team 2014 2014 2014


Year Premiership Champions NPL Finals Representation
2013 Olympic FC Olympic FC Olympic FC - Semi Finalist
2014 Palm Beach Sharks Palm Beach Sharks Palm Beach Sharks - Semi Finalist
2015 Moreton Bay United Moreton Bay United Moreton Bay United - Semi Finalist
2016 Brisbane Strikers Redlands United FC Brisbane Strikers - Semi Finalist
2017 Brisbane Strikers Western Pride Brisbane Strikers - TBD

See also[edit]