Brisbane Roar to take on U23 All Stars

Brisbane Roar will continue their build-up for the 2015/16 A-League season by taking on an U23 All Stars team on September 19.

Their opponents, selected from the ranks of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues (Qld), will be part of a blockbuster double header.

The main event – the first match of the PS4 NPL 2015 Finals Series featuring the Queensland and Northern New South Wales Premiers.

The two games will be played at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre at Nathan, with kick-off times to be confirmed.

The Roar match is a joint initiative of Football Queensland and the A-League club, which will be just three weeks out from their season kick-off.

Roar Head Coach John Aloisi said the match would be extremely important in his squad's preparations for Season 11.

"The Roar is proud to be able to connect with clubs, players and fans in the National Premier Leagues and I encourage everyone to come along and watch what I am sure will be two fantastic matches," Aloisi said.

Contenders for the Under-23 All-Stars squad will be nominated by head coaches at the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland clubs (excluding the Brisbane Roar Youth team and the eventual 2015 Premiers) and Football Queensland State Technical Director David Abela.

The make-up of the final squad, and its coach, will be decided by a public vote via the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland website

Football Queensland Chief Operating Officer Graham Lee said the Brisbane Roar versus Under-23 All-Stars match was a clear example of the opportunities provided by PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland as the state’s talented player pathway.

“This match is a great opportunity for the best young talent in Queensland to put themselves in the shop window and hopefully take the next step in their careers,” Lee said.

“The National Premier Leagues are about player development and preparing the next generation of professional footballers and matches like this show that A-League clubs see the value in this competition.”