Buccaneers to feature in the National Premier League
WIDE Bay Buccaneers' inclusion in an expanded National Premier League Women's Queensland competition is a major step forward for female football.
The Buccaneers were announced as one of 14 teams to compete in the new-look competition, which starts next year.
It comes after the Buccaneers were granted a license in the inaugural men's Queensland Premier League.
Football Queensland Wide Bay's Peter Guest said it was an enormous boost for football in the region.
"After all these years of not having anything, it is huge for our region (to be granted licence)," Guest said.
The announcement has not come without controversy.
Fans from across the state made their feelings known on Football Queensland's Facebook page, with many unhappy at the lack of representation in Ipswich and north Queensland.
Wide Bay team will be the competition's northernmost team, a decision that surprised Guest.
"It's a shock," Guest said.
"I'm not sure were the applications came from or how they picked the clubs. There's some real shocks in that."
The women's team will adopt a similar system to the men's team, which will boast a shared base between Bundaberg and Maryborough.
Guest said FQWB would have to work hard for the next few months to ensure it was ready for the new season.
Wide Bay Buccaneers will be required to field female teams in the under-13s, U15s, U17s and opens.
"It will make a lot of work and we're going to need a lot of bodies, and we're going to have to upskill our coaches in the next few months," Guest said.
"It's been a long time since we has an opens Wide Bay side. It might take some to get together."
Guest said he was confident in the numbers for the U13s and U15s teams, but expressed some concern about the older age groups.