A new league?
FOOTBALL Wide Bay has submitted an expression of interest to be a part of a new state competition where juniors' and seniors' teams from around Queensland play under a national structure.
Next year's competition, which is set to kick-off in February or March, will replace the Queensland State League, which features Gympie in the QSL Youth competition and the Junior Premier League and a Bundaberg side in the senior men's competition.
Football Wide Bay administrator Julie Calvert confirmed they would be lodging an application before the August 24 deadline.
She said the Australian Premier League created a stronger and direct pathway for its junior male and female players to advance through to the elite level.
"We're excited and we think this is a good direction for our game," she said.
"The new structure would provide a clear and concise pathway for when players start as 12 year olds all the way through to the top. And it would be consistent.
"This way we're able to address the needs of all players from all areas from juniors to the elite and provide them with quality coaching across the board.
"It also means players won't feel they have to go out of the area to compete at that level."
While they're only in the initial stages of planning, Calvert said it would be ideal to see the new club based in a centralised location to give access to everyone across the zone.
Calvert said they were "optimistic: about their application getting the green light".
She said the most difficult hurdle was to prove they could be financially accountable and generate the funds to run a state league club.
"Especially because of travel costs, we would be looking at sponsorship as well as some corporate and government partners," she said.
It is expected that the 12 successful licences will be announced by Football Queensland in late September.