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National Premier Leagues

National Premier Leagues
Country Australia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2013
Divisions ACT
NSW
Northern NSW
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia
Number of teams 92 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
Current champions North Eastern MetroStars
(2014)
Most championships Sydney United 58
North Eastern MetroStars (1 title)
Website nationalpremierleagues.com.au
2014 National Premier Leagues

The National Premier Leagues (NPL) is a national soccer banner in Australia which acts as the second tier of the sport in the country below the A-League. The NPL consists of the highest level state league in each state-based federation within Australia. In total the NPL is contested by clubs from eight divisions; these are ACT, NSW, Northern NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The NPL is overseen by Football Federation Australia (FFA), in partnership with participating state-based member federations. It is currently sponsored by PlayStation 4 and thus officially known as the PS4 National Premier Leagues.[1]

History

In October 2010, Football Federation Australia (FFA) commenced a National Competition Review, its main objective being to review the current structure of football competitions in Australia, and to monitor and improve elite player development.[2] By May 2012 the results of the National Competition Review were released. In it, a proposal to re-brand and revitalise state-based competitions in Australia.[3]

On 13 February 2013, the establishment of the National Premier Leagues was announced. As a direct outcome of the National Competition Review, the league would rebrand the premier league in each state under a single banner.[4] Originally named Australian Premier League but due to a violation of naming rights held by Lawn Bowls Australia the original name was scrapped and replaced with National Premier Leagues.[5] FFA also announced their intentions of a promotion and relegation structure between the first tier A-League and second tier National Premier League from 2022.[6]

The inaugural season of the NPL began in March 2013. It included teams from five of the nine state-based federations: Football Queensland, Football NSW, Football Federation South Australia, Football Federation Tasmania, and Capital Football.[4] The FFA member federations that did not join the NPL in 2013, Football West, Northern New South Wales Football and Football Federation Victoria were expected to join in the 2014 season, with Football Federation Northern Territory expected to adopt a partial model at some time in the future.[7][8] Although Victoria initially announced their teams would enter in 2014, a deferral was later announced announced in November 2013, after several clubs objected to the process for selecting team. However by December 2013, a resolution was reached whereby Victorian teams would participate in the 2014 season.[9][10]

Competition format

The NPL competitions in each state and territory are run by the member federation, with a national playoff tournament at the end of each season.[4] Each member federation, or 'conference' contains various numbers of teams, and they play a full season with no inter-conference matches (an identical format to the individual State Leagues that preceded the NPL). The winner of each division is determined by who is the top of the table at the end of the regular season and not the winner of the various state-based finals series. The winners of each respective divisional league then competes in a finals playoff tournament at season end, culminating to the Grand Final, where the winner is crowned National Premier Leagues Champions.[11]

Depending on the State Federation in charge, teams may be relegated from the NPL to a third-tier league in the same state (and vice versa), but there is currently no way for a team to be promoted to the first tier of Australian Football, the A-League.

Clubs

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Map showing the location of teams in the National Premier Leagues. Note: Harimau Muda from Malaysia (off map) competes in the NPL Queensland

Below are listed the National Premier Leagues clubs in each respective state member federation for the current 2014 season. In total there have been 97 National Premier Leagues clubs. Some NPL divisions involve promotion and relegation to leagues below the NPL and so participating clubs change annually.

ACT
Belconnen United
Canberra City
Canberra
Canberra Olympic
Cooma
FFA Centre of Excellence
Monaro Panthers
Tuggeranong United
Woden Valley
NSW
APIA Leichhardt Tigers
Blacktown City
Blacktown Spartans
Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Manly United
Marconi Stallions
Rockdale City Suns
South Coast Wolves
St George
Sutherland Sharks
Sydney Olympic
Sydney United 58
Northern NSW
Adamstown Rosebud
Broadmeadow Magic
Charlestown City Blues
Edgeworth Eagles
Hamilton Olympic
Lake Macquarie City
Lambton Jaffas
Newcastle Jets Youth
South Cardiff Gunners
Weston Workers Bears
Queensland
Brisbane City
Brisbane Roar Youth
Brisbane Strikers
Far North Queensland
Harimau Muda
Moreton Bay United
Northern Fury
Olympic
Palm Beach Sharks
Redlands United
South West Queensland Thunder
Sunshine Coast
Western Pride
South Australia
Adelaide Blue Eagles
Adelaide City
Adelaide Comets
Adelaide Raiders
Campbelltown City
Croydon Kings
Cumberland United
North Eastern MetroStars
Para Hills Knights
South Adelaide
West Adelaide
Western Strikers
West Torrens Birkalla
White City
Tasmania
Devonport City
Glenorchy Knights
Hobart Zebras
Kingborough Lions United
Launceston City
Northern Rangers
Olympia
South Hobart
Victoria
Ballarat Red Devils
Bentleigh Greens
Dandenong Thunder
Goulburn Valley Suns
Green Gully
Heidelberg United
Hume City
Melbourne Knights
Northcote City
Oakleigh Cannons
Pascoe Vale
Port Melbourne
South Melbourne
Werribee City
Western Australia
Armadale
Balcatta
Bayswater City
Cockburn City
ECU Joondalup
Floreat Athena
Inglewood United
Perth Glory Youth
Perth
Sorrento
Stirling Lions
Subiaco

Results

Season Champions Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
2013 Sydney United 58 2–0 South Hobart KGV Park 1,150
2014 North Eastern MetroStars 1–0 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Lambert Park

Clubs reaching the finals

Team Champions Runners-up Semi-finalist Quarter-finalist Finals
appearances
Sydney United 58 1 (2013) 1
North Eastern MetroStars 1 (2014) 1
South Hobart 1 (2013) 1 (2014) 2
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (2014) 1
Campbelltown City 1 (2013) 1
Olympic 1 (2013) 1
Palm Beach 1 (2014) 1
South Melbourne 1 (2014) 1
Canberra 1 (2013) 1
Bayswater City 1 (2014) 1
Cooma 1 (2014) 1
Weston Workers 1 (2014) 1

Federation League winners

Federation League winners
Season Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern New South Wales Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia
2013 Canberra Sydney United 58 - Olympic NE MetroStars * South Hobart - -
2014 Cooma Bonnyrigg White Eagles Newcastle Jets Youth * Palm Beach NE MetroStars (2) South Hobart (2) South Melbourne Bayswater City
*Club won league but did not proceed to Grand finals

Individual honours

The Kosmina Medal is presented to the best played in the NPL final and is named in honour of former Australian international John Kosmina.[12]

Year Winner Team
2013 Glen Trifiro[13] Sydney United 58
2014 David Vranković Bonnyrigg White Eagles

See also

References

  1. ^ "PS4 new NPL naming rights partner". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Siokos, Anthony (28 May 2012). "Analysis: Review gives FFA clear signal of how they must spread the love". Sport Business Insider. Sports Business Insider Group. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "FFA releases outcomes of National Competitions Review". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "FFA launches National Premier Leagues". Football Federation Australia. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wolves could move into A-League under new changes". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Australian Premier League Announced". sportingpulse.com. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gallop aims for Aussie FA Cup". The Australian. AAP. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Second Division 'By 2022'?". Australian FourFourTwo. Sportal Australia. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "NPL update - message from FFV Board". Football Federation Victoria. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "National Premier Leagues confirmed for Victoria in 2014". Football Federation Australia. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "FFA unveils National Premier Leagues". Australian FourFourTwo. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  12. ^ John Kosmina. "The NPL demonstrates its true value". Football Federation Australia. 
  13. ^ Walter Pless. "Glen Trifiro worthy winner of John Kosmina Medal". Walterpless.com.au. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

External links

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