March 12th, 2019
Notice from Football Brisbane:
As we are aware, Round 1 of our City Leagues, Junior Divisional and Mini Roos competitions is scheduled to commence this coming weekend; Friday 15th March- Sunday 17th March.
Over the last 72 hours, Football Brisbane has received an unprecedented number of team withdrawals, additions, divisional change requests and significant fixturing changes following the communication of the draft draws last Tuesday. Over 75 teams across our City Leagues and Junior Divisional competitions have withdrawn, asked to be added to a competition, or requested a change in division. This has decimated many of our competitions, reducing several to 6-8 team leagues. In that time, a further 100+ Mini Roos teams have also asked to be included in the Mini-Roos competitions and it is not possible to action this prior to the 4th round of Mini Roos.
Football Brisbane is still yet to receive fixturing feedback from over 30 of our participating clubs regarding this weekend’s and the rounds prior to Easter. This is of great concern as it will affect a substantial number of our fixtures and will not give our clubs, teams, coaches and players enough time to adjust to any and all of the possible changes prior to the weekend. The flow on effect to our refereeing appointments is also paramount, as we require enough time to action these fixturing changes and appoint referees where possible.
Due to these reasons, Football Brisbane has made the decision to postpone Round 1 of the City League, Junior Divisional and Mini Roos competitions.
Football Brisbane apologises for the inconvenience this will cause our clubs, teams and players who had expected to take the field in their respective competitions this coming weekend. With such fluidity in our competitions and participating teams over the last 72 hours, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure our fixtures will be published with enough time for our teams to prepare to play this weekend and our referees to officiate.
Once this season is underway, Football Brisbane will begin to liaise with stakeholders to identify improvements that can be made to team nomination and competition establishment processes to deliver on these improvements for next season.
Note: This does not affect BYPL, BPL, BWPL and Capital League fixtures this weekend.