Football Queensland (FQ) and Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) have established a fulltime training and playing environment for junior female players in the state.
The expansion will provide three additional junior teams (U13s, U14s and U15s) to support the BRFC/NTC U17s Girls team, who have crowned the 2018 NPL Women's Champions on Sunday afternoon.
It was the teams first season in the NPLW competition.
The announcement follows the establishment of the Brisbane Roar FC Academy for junior male players earlier this year.
The teams will train three to four nights a week and compete an age group higher in NPLW competition while also playing in friendly matches against junior boys teams in South-East Queensland.
“This is a major step in providing a full time program for the most committed players, in line with FFA’s mandatory requirements,” FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said.
“The end goal is to ensure Queensland continues to nurture and develop the next generation of Queensland-based Westfield Matildas,” he said.
Players have been identified by FQ’s high performance coaches in the 2018 NPLW junior competition and at the National Youth Championships with NPLW technical directors also having had the opportunity to nominate their club’s talented female footballers.
Regional players haven't been forgotten either with players selected for the FQ Talent Support Programs (TSP) will have the opportunity to take part in QAS training during school holiday periods, compete for state selection and play at the National Youth Championships.