Gold Academy Program Status 2023

Eastern Suburbs FC (Easts FC) is pleased to confirm it has been awarded Gold Academy Program Status for 2023.  A focused effort has been committed to this process by the Club. Football Queensland introduced Rating Regulations for FQ Academy licensed clubs to assist its clubs to achieve best practice skill development for players, protect the Licensee clubs’ investment and create a quality assurance process and compliance in line with the License Agreement. We want to congratulate all our staff and coaches for their efforts during the past 4 years. Easts FC continues to strive to be a leading club in SEQ for FQ Academy teams U9-U18 , U23 amd Senior NPL/NPLW.


Expressions of Interest for our Gold FQ Academy program are now open.

For Football Queensland Academy (formerly SAP, NPL, and NPLW) trialists please visit the link below to register your interest:

**Expressions of Interest for ages U9-U17 FQ Academy girls via below link

As Eastern Suburbs FC is a Gold-rated program our teams play in League 1.

Please submit your EOI via the link below:


Trial Calendar for FQ ACADEMY U9-U13 girls, starts TBC

Note: venue changes due to field renovations

2024 U23 NPL Women

Coaches: Tony Panetta (0427926313) and Mel Panetta

DATES/Venue/Times: TBC


Please email Head Coach Lachlan Leong:


Postion Name Contact
NPL – Administration Trish DaRin 0439 702 238
Technical Director Stuart Kelly

Eastern Suburbs FC prides itself on its continual improvement, development opportunities and management  strategies, enabling it to be a truly integrated football club. The Club currently has nearly 40% female players of the overall club membership.

The National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) program is an integral component of East’s footballing  culture,  and provides many opportunities for aspiring young players as part of FFA’s Elite Player Pathway. The NPLW has enabled licenced clubs to establish much more organised and professional coaching structures and lifted the standards with respect to the expectations, technical ability and tactical awareness of the players within the system.

Several players over the past three seasons have advanced into Football Queensland (FQ) State Representative Programs and been identified into the FQ development squads with Roar’s NTC program.

Supporting the NPLW is a ‘Feeder Program’ which concentrates on the development of individual ‘Skills’. FQ Academy (formerly SAP – Skill Acquisition Program) is another FFA initiative concentrating on players within Skill Acquisition age groups (9-13) and bases itself on the ‘4 Core skills’ (First Touch, 1 v 1’s, Striking the Ball & Running with the Ball).

Easts FC has worked very hard to meet the compliance requirements of FQ Academy and will run the program for identified Under 9/10/11/12/13 year old girls. These players work at honing their skills and have opportunity for entry into the FQ Academy U15 and U17 teams.

Whilst the FQ Academy and NPLW are the elite pathway, every effort is made with our Eastern Suburbs FC coaching network to provide as many additional opportunities for young female players just outside of the player pathway (players develop at different rates). In conjunction FQ Academy, we run extra Skills Programs to accommodate late bloomers and enable them to learn more about the game in a fun, game centred environment.

Our FQ Academy teams are as follows:

FQ Academy U15 Girls

FQ Academy U17 Girls


NPL Open Women

For additional information on the FQ Academy and NPLW or our Skills Development Program please contact our Administrator by email