The Inter-City Challenge, the player development pathway for Regional Queensland, was introduced in 2014 to address the need to provide high level competition and coaching for boys and girls outside the south-east corner.
Players from the regional centres of Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg compete across the competition and in additional invitational matches against PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues teams from the South-East.
The Inter-City Challenge features Northern and Central competitions to ease the burdens of time and cost incurred through regular long-distance travel. Competing age groups are determined based on regional player participation numbers.
The Inter-City Challenge North is comprised of FNQ FC Heat (Cairns), Northern Fury FC (Townsville), and Mackay Crusaders (Mackay). The Inter-City Challenge Central is comprised of CQ Mariners (Rockhampton and Gladstone) and teams from Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. Due to location, both Mackay Crusaders and CQ Mariners (Rockhampton and Gladstone) have the opportunity to compete against each other.
Additional invitational matches against South-East Queensland’s PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues clubs are organised to provide yet more opportunities for high quality competition. Wide Bay will field sides comprised of players from the Inter-City Challenge Fraser Coast and Bundaberg teams in these invitational matches. CQ Mariners also field combined teams comprising players from their Rockhampton and Gladstone Inter-City Challenge teams.
CLICK HERE for Inter-City Challenge competition documents.
FNQ FC Heat
Based in Cairns, Far North Queensland Heat represents the region in PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland – the top tier of football in the state.
The club provides a pathway for local players to ultimately progress through to the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and beyond.
For more information, visit www.fnqfc.com.au.