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FQ Academy Junior (9-12)

2024  Virginia  United -  Silver

Virginia United commenced its Junior Academy in 2015. This Academy program eventually evolved into our successful FQ licenced Skills Acquisition Program in 2020. At the end of 2021, after the Football Queensland annual assessment, the program has been elevated from Bronze to Silver tier. The club is fully committed to the ongoing development and evolution of our FQ Academy Program. We currently offer boys teams (U9-U12) in FQ Academy 2 while our girls teams (U11 and U12) complete in FQ Academy 1.

The program is highly regarded and respected within the football community. Recently producing and assisting the movement of numerous graduates to external FQ1 boys and girls programs. As well as producing high quality players for our own FQ Academy Youth Program.

Now proudly producing two boys players that received direct entry to the Brisbane Roar Youth Academy and two girls players entering into the QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport).

2024 FQ Academy Teams

Our boys and girls Junior FQ Academy Program is overseen by FQ Junior Academy Director, Noah Licciardello. 

In 2024 the FQ Academy Program at Virginia United will offer the following girls teams:

U11 FQA1 Girls (Born 2013/2014)
U12 FQA1 Girls (Born (2012)

Our girls Academy teams plays in FQ Academy 1, the highest level of junior girls football available in QLD. 2024 sees the club enter its fourth year of a high-performance pathway for our junior female players, from our FQ Academy Junior Teams, right through to our FQ Academy Girls Youth Teams (U13, U15 and U17) and Senior FQPLW1 teams.

In 2024 the FQ Academy Program at Virginia United will offer the following boys teams:

U9 FQA 2 Boys (Born 2015)
U10 FQA 2 Boys (Born 2014)
U11 FQA2 Boys (Born 2013)
U12 FQA2 Boys (Born (2012)

Our boys Academy teams plays in FQ Academy 2 Football Queensland Competition. 2024 sees the club enter its fourth year of a high-performance pathway for our junior male players, from our FQ Academy Junior Teams, right through to our FQ Academy Boys Youth Teams (U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18's) and Senior FQPL3 teams.

2024 FQ Academy Junior Trials

Our Academy Trials are held at the end of each season in October/November. Our 2024 trials have concluded and our Academy squads are now full. 

Have questions?

Should you have questions regarding the FQ Academy Junior Program, please contact Noah Licciardello at

FQ Academy Expectations

  • FQ Academy teams train three times per week
  • FQ Academy teams have moderate to well skilled level players
  • FQ Academy training is based on technical periodisation, covering more complex subjects. We ensure the sessions are still fun but they are more challenging than regular sessions.
  • FQ Academy teams have experienced coaches that are either currently playing Elite level football, have a number of years of experience coaching or have / are undertaking an Advanced coaching license (a professional coaching qualification)  
  • The level of expectation on attendance to sessions is also heightened for FQ Academy players.

Players should trial for this program if:
  • They consistently show above average football abilities on a consistent basis in both training and games. 
  • Are able to commit to 3 training sessions a week. 
  • Are willing to listen and learn in the training environment. 
  • Have an interest in developing and being placed in a challenging environment. 
  • Have competed at the highest level in community Football Queensland compeitions. 

Please note that this program is not beneficial for all players. Please consider the above points before registering your child for a trial. 

How to Develop?

How do you raise the national standard of players graduating to play for the Brisbane Roar or the Socceroo’s?

The key is to start young and ensure the base of the skill pyramid is learned well. It’s very hard to adjust or fix techniques learned poorly in junior football, therefore it is imperative that skills are learned and developed in the right environment.

U8 - U12 is part of the so called ‘golden age of motor learning’. In this period before entering the growing spurt that goes hand in hand with puberty, children are well balanced and coordinated. This makes them very adaptive to developing motor skills (techniques) especially since this also is the brain’s key development period. 

In no other development phase in life will motor learning happen faster than here. As a logical consequence of the above it makes sense that we make optimal use of this period to lay a sustainable technical foundation. Therefore it’s extremely important that we have qualified professional coaches working with players showing promise at those age categories.

The FQ Junior Program at Virginia United Football Club provides our players with the opportunity to play at the highest levels in the State, with exposure to high level coaching and competition. 

Our Coaching Staff

Watch this space for our upcoming 2024 coaching annoucnements. 

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