Glance at the teams - your local soccer season preview
IT looms as a bumper season on the Sunshine Coast Football scene.
There's droves of junior divisions for boys and girls and burgeoning women's competitions, including a top flight with four teams.
The premier men's competition boasts nine teams, which is one less than last season following Coolum's withdrawal but significantly more than than the region's main rugby league, Aussie rules and rugby union competitions.
It's an extended season too, with teams set to tackle 27 rounds instead of 18 so depth will play a significant role.
It all starts on Saturday when Buderim hosts Beegees, Nambour Yandina entertains Gympie, Noosa hosts reigning premier Maroochydore and Woombye is at home to Caloundra. Reigning grand final victor Kawana has a bye.
Here's a breakdown of the teams.
Coach: Daniel Carew
Venue: Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains
Co-captains: Damien Cox, Zac Carew, Cameron Nairn, Ronald Woulfe, Cory Robbins, Andras Brixon.
Key players: Jed Zanos, Cameron Nairn, Daniel Machell
Coach's comment: We had a good pre-season with a lot of new boys coming in. We're looking to play a good style of football and looking to re-brand the club, bringing younger boys through to hopefully give them opportunities to get to bigger clubs inter-state.
Last year: Wooden spoon
Last silverware: 1996 champion
Coach: Craig Williams/Warren Crickmore
Venue: Ballinger Road, Buderim
Club captain: Robbie McDonald
Key players: Joal Couacaud, James Verdin, Shaun Callanan, Sam Bennett
Coach's comment: We've worked very hard to put together a squad with depth, in light of the season being three rounds (24 games) and we've felt we've done that. I'm very happy with our squad, with very good existing players and the players who have come in have definitely helped. The key for us this year is good depth and we believe that with the squad we've put together, we have that.
Last year: Third in premiership (fourth in finals)
Last silverware: 2010 premier
Coach: Dave Benstead
Venue: Meridan Way, Meridan Plains
Captain: Mackenzie Smith
Key players: Ray Schultz, Kaine Frew, Josh Chumbley
Comment: (From president Nic Basile): They have bonded really well because they're all good friends and there is quite a strong group of kids who are coming through. We're very optimistic but it's a long season so you never really know what will happen. The boys are due for some silverware. Every year at our presentations I remind them our juniors have become quite successful and the pressure is now on the seniors to do the same thing. I know they hear that because they've wanted to stay together to build something. They're working really hard, harder than I've seen them for a long time. This could be the year for Caloundra.
Last year: Sixth
Last silverware: 1995 champion
Coach: Daniel Baker
Venue: Crescent Road, Gympie
Captain: Nathan Nolan
Key players: Liam Watson, Dion Upton, Percy Cash.
Coach's comment: We're shaping up well. The fitness is strong which is good and our expectations for the season are to be pushing the top four.
Last year: Ninth
Last silverware: Nil
Coach: Scott McLean
Venue: Milieu Place, Birtinya
Captain: Luke Ricketts
Key players: Tim Lawson, Brandon Lee, Clay Maynard
Coach's comment: We never talk about where we want to finish. We just know if we put in a performance that will look after itself. We are probably a bit underdone but given it's a long season, that's part of the plan. Don't expect us to be at our best until midway through the season.
Last year: Runner-up (champion)
Last silverware: 2016 champion
Coach: Garrad Zammit
Venue: Maroochydore Road, Kuluin
Captain: Nick Arden
Key players: Nick Arden, Michael Scarff, Taylor Walkinshaw
Coach's comment: We're happy with where we are at the moment. It's a new year, I think every team has improved, there has been quite a lot of changes and it's going to be a very tough competition. The longer season is going to really test our management of the boys.
Last year: Premier (third)
Last silverware: 2013 premier and champion
Coach: Ian Runcie
Captain: Korey Nix
Venue: North St, Yandina
Key players: Jamie Vibert, Andy Harrison, Joshua Cooke, Kallum Nix
Coach's comment: Our expectations are the same as last year. We're still in a process of rebuilding the club but I'm hoping to have a bigger improvement this year, with the new players we've brought in. We'll be very competitive. Any teams that come up to NYU will have to work hard to beat us.
Last year: Fifth
Last silverware: Nil
Coach: Kevin A'herne Evans
Venue: Eenie Creek Road, Sunshine Beach
Co-captains: Sam Nichols, Grant de Chastel, Chris Nancevski
Key players: Matt Thompson, Matt Needham, Grant de Chastel
Coach's comment: The beauty of the 24 games is you can have a lighter pre-season. In previous years points were crucial from the get-go. But the start of the season is going to be tough, playing the premier in the first game. Maroochydore looks really strong. We want to make sure we have a good home record this year. There's a lot of ground to make up. We were 15 points away from Maroochydore last year and you look at the quality in Kawana, which is a superb outfit. We'd love to be in a position where we could be in and around the top four with five or six games to go. We're a determined group, which has a lot of energy and is very quick.
Last year: Seventh
Last silverware: 2001 champion
Coach: Michael Bebbington
Venue: Back Woombye Road, Woombye
Captain: Mark Polley
Key players: Luke Alderson, Nick Close, Leon Tyrrell
Coach's comment: We've lost a lot of senior guys. They've either retired or gone to other clubs so it's a revitalised, refreshed team. A lot of reserve grade guys from last year have come up into the side. I'm still really positive that we've got a top four side. We want to do well and win it but realistically, with seven or eight players (leaving) from last year's first grade side, that's a big change. So I'm aiming for top four and who knows what will happen in finals.
Last year: Fourth (runner-up)
Last silverware: 2016 premier