Two weeks after losing the W-League Grand Final to Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar will begin play in the Queensland Under-15 boys league. This isn't some sort of bizarre relegation system, though — it's the kind of creative scheduling Brisbane coach Belinda Wilson hopes will keep the team sharp in the overly long offseason.
From the Guardian:
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“We wanted to put them in a competition where physically they are able to compete and also able to play football and develop as players,” says head coach, Belinda Wilson.
What the boys have in strength, especially as they develop over the season, the women have in smarts, she says. “That’s the major difference. They are probably a lot stronger than us in the physicality, so we have to adapt our game so we can be competitive in that environment. In terms of footballing sense, the girls are a little bit more game aware and have more ability from a tactical point of view, because of the level they’ve been playing.”
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