The Queensland Basketball League is the state’s premier semi-professional basketball competition, running from May to September each year.

Since its beginnings in 1986 as the State Basketball League, the QBL has seen some of the country’s top basketball athletes move through its ranks in both the women’s and men’s competitions.

Highly regarded in the country as one of the best state league competitions, each year the QBL attracts a number of elite players to the competition, including Australian representative athletes, NBL and WNBL players, and players from US colleges and other international competitions.

In what has become a highly competitive league, 14 Basketball Queensland affiliated associations currently compete across three geographically-based pools from Cairns to the Gold Coast – with teams attracting strong local support from fans.


The Southern Basketball League provides an avenue for high-level competition for young developing players, players at their pinnacle, and players who have stepped down from elite competition.

SBL runs from May to September each year, and is open to Basketball Queensland affiliated associations in south-east Queensland.

SBL is a strong and competitive league in its own right, and also serves as a key launchpad for young players looking to move into the QBL and beyond.