Soccer in Queensland

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Soccer was first played in Queensland on a regular basis in Brisbane, in 1884. The game in Queensland is administered by the peak body, Football Queensland, together with several subordinate zone councils, each representing regions of Queensland.[1]

History[edit]

The earliest known game of soccer in Queensland (and possibly Australia) was played at Woogaroo (now Goodna), west of Brisbane, in 1875, when the Brisbane FC (Australian rules club formed in 1866) played at least one game of 'London Association Football' against the inmates and warders of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum."[2]

The earliest known organised games of Association football in Queensland were played in Brisbane in 1884, under the auspices of the newly formed Anglo-Queensland Football Association (a predecessor of Football Queensland). The Brisbane Courier reported in early May 1884:

A MEETING of those favourable to the "Association" game of football as played in the home countries was held at the Australian Hotel last night ... [I]t was resolved that it was desirable to form an Anglo-Queensland Football Association, and as a beginning the meeting formed the first club, the name selected being "St. Andrew's Football Club." ... It was announced that already from twenty-seven to thirty promises to join the club had been received, and it was resolved to play a practice match tomorrow afternoon, if possible, in the Queen's Park.[3]

The first fixture match was played on 7 June 1884, on the Pineapple Sportsfield (now part of Raymond Park), Kangaroo Point (refer to History of association football in Brisbane, Queensland for more information).

By 1886, the game had spread west to Ipswich and then to other regional centres.

Administration of football in Queensland[edit]

Football Queensland[edit]

Football Queensland was preceded by a number of organisations:

  • 1884-1889: Anglo-Queensland Football Association
  • 1890-1919: Queensland British Football Association
  • 1920-1927: Queensland Football Association
  • 1928-1939: Queensland Soccer Council
  • 1940-1961: Queensland Soccer Football Association
  • 1962-2005: Queensland Soccer Federation
  • 2006-Present: Football Queensland

Queensland Zones[edit]

The game is administered locally by zone councils:

  • Far North Queensland Football[4]
  • Football Brisbane[5]
  • Football Central Queensland[6]
  • Football South West Queensland [7]
  • Football Wide Bay[8]
  • Football Gold Coast[9]
  • Mackay Regional Football Zone[10]
  • North Queensland Football [11]
  • North West Queensland Soccer Zone Inc
  • Sunshine Coast Football[12]

National representation[edit]

National Soccer League (NSL) 1977-2004[edit]

There were a number of Queensland teams that played in the now defunct National Soccer League.

Club name Years in the NSL Premierships Cups
Brisbane City 1977-1986 (10) -- 1977, 1978
Brisbane Lions 1977-1986 & 1988 (10) -- 1981
Brisbane Strikers 1992-2004 (12) 1997 --

A-League (2005-present)[edit]

The Brisbane Roar, a privately owned football club (originally formed by the Brisbane-based Queensland Lions FC), was the only Queensland team to compete in the inaugural season of the national A-League (2005).

In the 2009-10 Hyundai A-League season, two other clubs joined the Roar, Gold Coast United FC and the North Queensland Fury FC (Townsville). [13]. However, the Fury team withdrew from the competition after season 2010-11, citing financial difficulties. [14]. Gold Coast United also left the A-league after the 2011-12 season. They have now reformed in August 2017 and currently compete in the Football Queensland Premier League. [15] [16]

Club competitions[edit]

Queensland statewide competitions[edit]

The Queensland State League (QSL) was established in 2008 to provide a second tier competition between the A-League and the Queensland regional competitions. The QSL consisted of a single division, comprising nine teams without provision for promotion or relegation.

In 2013 the QSL was replaced by the National Premier Leagues Queensland (NPL Qld) which forms a division within the National Premier Leagues (NPL). The winner (top of the table after the regular season) enters a national finals series against the winners of the other NPL divisions. In 2018 the NPL Queensland will introduce promotion from and relegation to, a new league the Football Queensland Premier League.

Regional competitions[edit]

Below the NPL Qld there are local competitions run in each of the zones.

Women's football[edit]

Brisbane Roar have a team in the national W-League that represent Queensland's female footballers.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Queensland: The Home of Football in Queensland". Football Queensland. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  2. ^ Syson, Ian. "The genesis of soccer in Australia". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. XXXVIII, (8,209). Queensland, Australia. 2 May 1884. p. 4. Retrieved 20 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Far North Queensland official website". Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Football Brisbane official website". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Football Central Queensland official website". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Football South West Queensland official website". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Home - Football Queensland Wide Bay". Football Queensland Wide Bay. Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "Football Gold Coast". Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Home - Mackay & Regional Football Zone - SportsTG". SportsTG. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Account Suspended". www.nqfootball.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sunshine Coast Football official website". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gold Coast And Townsville Set For A-League". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Fury owner bows out as A-League faces $20m debt". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Then there were 10 again: Gold Coast to Fod". 9 April 2010. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  16. ^ "Gold Coast United is Back. - Gold Coast United". 3 August 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 

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