Centenary Celebrations

In its centenary year over 40 000 participants had registered in competitions facilitated by the Queensland Soccer Federation and its affiliates. This was the largest number of participants of any of the four football codes in Queensland at the time.

QSF recorded 150 mens and women’s senior teams in the Brisbane area alone.


In 1981, The State hosted the Finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship, Four teams – Poland, USA, Uruguay and Qatar – met in a series of matches played under floodlights at Lang Park.


Right: 1983 Players celebrate a 3-0 win over NSW, held at Perry Park as part of the celebrations that marked 100 years of football in Queensland.

Lang Park, Brisbane, 15 June 1983.

Australia’s closely contested game against England is decided by a single second half Paul Walsh goal.

Left: Australian Captain John Kosmina charges for the England goal.

The Photo was provided to QSF by the Courier Mail.

Brisbane Lions paid former Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend, George Best,  to play three matches for them during their 1983 season. Best is described as showing ‘glimpses of his ball skills, but his work-rate was very low.’  It didn’t save Lions from a bottom placed finished.