Soccer in Tasmania

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Soccer in Tasmania
Governing body Football Federation Tasmania
Representative team Tasmania
First played 1879, Hobart
Registered players 13,000 (total)
? (adult)
Club competitions
Audience records
Single match 8,061 (2007). Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United (York Park, Launceston)

Association football in Tasmania (commonly called "soccer") describes the sport of association football being played and watched by people in the state of Tasmania in Australia.

The governing body for the sport is Football Federation Tasmania is a member of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) which controls the sport at a national level. Association football is growing in popularity in terms of participation (particularly among youth). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic, Association football is the highest participation sport amongst Tasmanian children aged 5–14 years (17.5%), attracting 23.7% males and 10.9% females.[1] The sport in Tasmania receives a large amount of federal government funding.[2] Soccer is also growing as a spectator sport. However it Australian rules football is the dominant code of football in the state in terms of both media coverage and attendance.

Early history[edit]

The first recorded game took place in Hobart on 10 May 1879 when the Cricketers Football Club played a scratch match. The first recorded inter-club match took place a month later when the Cricketers took on New Town FC on 7 June (Hobart Mercury), described as English Association Rules. The first recorded reference to British Football (as it was known at the time of its introduction) being played in Tasmania was in 1898 when a team of merchant and navy seamen played an army team on the Domain in Hobart. The first recorded competition was established in 1900 when an organised league was set up comprising three teams - Trinity, Gunners and Sandy Bay. Due to the Boer War organised British Football did not last long but in 1910 it returned and not long after North vs South matches were started.[3]

International teams visit Tasmania[edit]

In 1923 Southern China, a team from Hong Kong, visited Tasmania becoming the first international side to tour Tasmania. The Tasmania state team beat Southern China 2-1.[3]

A number of matches against international visiting teams have been hosted in Tasmania. In 1951 a touring English Football Association team defeated Tasmania 11-0 at North Hobart Oval.[4] Three days later at York Park, Launceston, the FA team won 17-0, Jimmy Hagan scoring eight goals.[5] A club friendly at North Hobart Oval in 1957 is another example of a match featuring an overseas team. Although the match was an Australia XI team vs Hungarian club Ferencvárosi TC,[6] some sources incorrectly list it as a full international (Australia v Hungary).[7]

In 1993 Japanese J-League side Nagoya Grampus Eight who at the time featured former England striker Gary Lineker toured Australia, training in Tasmania for a month, and playing a friendly against the senior Tasmanian state side. The Japanese side won the game 3-0.

Interstate clubs visit Tasmania[edit]

A National Soccer League game was held in Launceston, Tasmania in 2002 between Perth Glory and Melbourne Knights at Aurora Stadium. The match was a 1-1 draw and attracted a crowd of 5324 fans.[8]

An A-League pre-season cup game was played in Launceston between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United on 16 July 2006 at the same venue [9] with Adelaide getting a 1-0 win, watched by a crowd of 6,834. A 2007 repeat of the Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United pre-season cup fixture saw 8,061 at Aurora Stadium.[10] The result in 2007 was a 1-1 draw between the teams. The Melbourne Victory v Adelaide game continued in both 2008 and 2009. On 25 July 2010 Melbourne Victory hosted Central Coast Mariners in another preseason game at Aurora Stadium.[11]

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United at Aurora Stadium

Bids to join national club competitions[edit]

Tasmania has never had a team in either the former National Soccer League or the A-League. A proposal for an NSL team began in February 2004, but was halted by the imminent disbandment of the league.[12] Since the formation of the A-League, Tasmania has been cited as a future expansion proposition.[13][14] In March 2008, a Tasmanian Football Taskforce was formed by a group of Tasmanian businessmen to investigate the formation of an A-League team.[15][16] The working name of the group is Tasmania United FC.[17]

World Cup aspirations[edit]

Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley met with Football Federation Tasmania representatives in October 2007 to outline FFA's strategic plan for the game. Buckley stated that a FIFA World Cup qualifier match in Tasmania was a possibility.[13]

Representative teams[edit]

There is currently no senior Tasmanian representative team, and since the restructure of the sport nationally, the focus of the governing bodies has been to enter a club into a national competition. FFT occasionally selects an ad-hoc team from local leagues to play against large interstate clubs such as against Central Coast Mariners in July 2010[18] and Melbourne Victory in 2012 [19]

There are, however, regular junior state representative teams. Football Federation Tasmania sends male and female youth teams to national talent carnivals held annually. In November 2008, a Tasmanian youth team played friendly matches against A-League National Youth League teams from Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory, Queensland Roar and Adelaide United.[20] The Tasmanian team won three of the four matches.

Competitions[edit]

The numerous local clubs which play in local competitions are all amateur, with most clubs having multiple teams in male, female and junior competitions.

League system[edit]

Tasmania has sporadically maintained a statewide league. The first state league began in 1978 and ran until 1981, before recommencing in 1988 and running until 1999. FFT had plans for a new statewide league competition from 2006[21] however this did not eventuate until the T-League commenced in 2013.[22] The eight team T-League is known for sponsorship reasons as the Victory League. It forms a conference of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) which sit under the A-League nationally. As an NPL conference the winners (top of the table) qualify for the national NPL finals.

In the years where a statewide league was not active, a play off between the Northern and Southern Premier League winner was used to determine the Tasmanian champions. This method was first used in 1910. In 2009 the State Championship was changed to incorporate a 3 week knock out final series consisting of the top 4 teams from the Northern and Southern Premier Leagues.

There has been varying systems of promotion and relegation in the South between the Southern Premier League and Southern League One.[23] Currently the system consists of the top team from Southern League One being promoted the following year and the bottom team from the Southern Premier League being relegated. Promotion and Relegation doesn't exist in the North. Leagues below League One in the South (and associated reserve competitions) and below the Premier League (and associated reserve competitions) in the North are considered to be social in nature and generally consist of additional teams from clubs playing in the higher divisions.

Women's and junior competitions are also run in the North and South of the state by Football Federation Tasmania.

Cup competitions[edit]

Statewide cups[edit]

There are male and female statewide knock-out cups (similar to the FA Cup) run annually with clubs from Northern and Southern Leagues. The male knockoutcup is named the Milan Lakoseljac Cup. The competition is as the name would suggest being a one legged (home or away) knock out cup (no group rounds). The competition consists of qualification rounds involving the weaker teams (from the lower divisions) who then are joined in the main rounds by the higher ranked teams. Since 2014 the Milan Lakoseljac Cup acts as a qualification for the national FFA Cup. In 2014 the winner of the Milan Lakoseljac Cup qualified Tasmania's sole entrant into the FFA Cup proper.

Pre-season cups[edit]

In the South pre-season cups are also run along graded lines (similar to the divisions of the regular season) known as the Summer Cup. This is a less prestigious title and is used mainly for preparation for the regular season. Similar cups are run in the North and North West known as the Steve Hudson Cup and North West Summer Cup respectively. The Steve Hudson Cup unlike most competitions in Tasmania is organised by the Launceston Soccer Club and not by FFT.

Youth cup competitions[edit]

The Main cup competitions for the Youth and Junior age groups are the Festival Cup held at Wentworth Park, Howrah and the Launceston Tournament (formally known as the Mano Cup) held at Churchill Park Launceston.

Honours[edit]

Significant men's trophies[edit]

Year Statewide Cup Winner State Champion Northern Premier League Champion Southern Premier League Champion Southern League One Champion
2014 South Hobart South Hobart Somerset University
2013 Hobart Olympia Warriors [24] South Hobart Somerset Beachside
2012 South Hobart[25] Derwent United [26]
2011 University
2010 South Hobart South Hobart Northern Rangers South Hobart Beachside
2009 Clarence United Clarence United Northern Rangers South Hobart Taroona
2008 South Hobart South Hobart Devonport South Hobart Hobart United
2007 Launceston City Hobart Zebras Somerset Hobart Zebras Beachside
2006 University Somerset[27] Somerset Glenorchy Knights Taroona
2005 Glenorchy Knights Glenorchy Knights Launceston City Glenorchy Knights Hobart United
2004 Launceston City Devonport Devonport Hobart Zebras Christian United
2003 Hobart Zebras Devonport Devonport University South Hobart (reserves)
2002 Devonport South Hobart Devonport South Hobart Kingborough Lions (reserves)
2001 Hobart Zebras University Launceston City University Christian United
2000 Glenorchy Knights Launceston City Glenorchy Knights New Town Eagles (reserves)

Individual Honours[edit]

There are two leading best and fairest awards given in Tasmania. The Vic Tuting Medal is the Southern award, while the George Dale Medal is awarded in the North.[28]

List of clubs[edit]

Victory League[edit]

Northern Premier League clubs[edit]

Junior Northern clubs[edit]

  • Deloraine JSC
  • George Town JSC
  • Launceston JSC
  • North Launceston JSC
  • Northern Rangers FC
  • Riverside Olympic JSC
  • Southern Raiders JSC
  • Westside Devils JSC Official Website

Southern Premier League clubs[edit]

Other Southern clubs[edit]


References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Soccer". The Companion to Tasmanian History. University of Tasmania. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ The Mercury, 18 June 1951
  5. ^ The Mercury, 20 June 1951
  6. ^ "Socceroo B internationals, 1957". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. ^ North Hobart Oval at Austadiums
  8. ^ "2001/2002 National Soccer League - Round 20 results". 
  9. ^ "A-League Report, Melbourne v Adelaide 16 July 2006". A-League. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  10. ^ "A-League Report, Melbourne v Adelaide 15 July 2007". A-League. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
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  17. ^ "Tasmania United FC". Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  18. ^ "Walter Pless-Tasmania's plucky performance limits Mariners to three goals". Retrieved 04-05-2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ "Melbourne Victory produce polished display to down Tasmania". 
  20. ^ "A-League on agenda for youth". The Mercury. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-31. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Moves afoot for statewide competition". The Mercury. 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2006-12-29. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Clubs get T-League chance". The Mercury. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  23. ^ "The Lowdown a History of Promotion and Relegation". Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  24. ^ Walter Pless. "Olympia pick up Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy for first time". walterpless.com.au. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  25. ^ "South Hobart claim State title despite later Northern Rangers revival". 
  26. ^ "Champions Derwent United again to have throttle on idle". 
  27. ^ "Somerset win on penalties". The Mercury (Tasmania). 2006-09-10. [dead link]
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  29. ^ a b "Taroona promoted". The Mercury (Tasmania). 2006-09-11. [dead link]

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