Australian soccer league system

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A diagram showing the nine member federations of FFA, which each control their respective state-based competitions.

The Australian soccer league system is a structure of leagues for association football clubs in Australia. The league system in Australia since 1977 has involved one top divisional league controlled by the national body and many leagues run within each state below. The National Soccer League stood from 1977-2004 as the top nation wide tier above the current state based league systems, in 2005, the A-League was established as successor. The introduction of the National Premier Leagues in 2013 introduced a direct second tier of association football in Australia, underpinning the A-League.[1] The National Premier Leagues incorporated the existing state leagues as divisions with a nationwide end of season finals series. In 2013, the National Premier Leagues rebranded 5 of the 9 top state leagues, and the remainder - with the exception of the Northern Territory - joined in 2014.[1] Unlike the English football league system, the Australian league system does not incorporate a full promotion and relegation through the entire tiers.

The National Youth League, which runs in conjunction with the A-League as a national youth developmental and reserve league, is not included in the table. The women's football league system in Australia is similar to that of the men's, with the W-League the top nation wide league and below that state-based leagues run by the FFA Member Federations.

Level Leagues
1 A-League
10 clubs (1 from New Zealand)
no relegation
2 National Premier Leagues
92 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Northern Territory Regional
3 divisions
NPL ACT
9 clubs
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW
12 clubs
↓ relegate 1
NPL Northern NSW
10 clubs
↓ relegate 1
NPL Queensland
13 clubs
no relegation
NPL South Australia
14 clubs
↓ relegate 2
NPL Tasmania
8 clubs
no relegation
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
↓ relegate 2
NPL Western Australia
12 clubs
no relegation
State League
7 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
NPL NSW 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
State League 1
8 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Regional
10 districts
no promotion
State League
16 clubs
↑ promote 2
Northern Premier League
9 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Premier League
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Victoria 1
14 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
State League 1
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
Regional
10 districts
no promotion
State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
7 districts
no promotion
Regional
2 divisions
no promotion
Southern League One
8 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
State League 1
24 clubs (from 2 divisions)
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 4
State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
potential relegation
State League 2
14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
4 divisions
no promotion
State League 2
24 clubs (from 2 divisions)
↑ promote 4
↓ relegate 4
Sunday League
6 divisions
potential promotion
internal relegation
Regional
26 districts
↑ promote 1
State League 3
24 clubs (from 2 divisions)
↑ promote 4
↓ relegate 4
Metropolitan League
11 divisions
potential promotion
internal relegation
State League 4
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 4
↓ relegate 8
State League 5
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 8
no relegation
Regional
12 districts
no promotion

See also[edit]

  • League system, for a list of similar systems in other countries

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Premier Leagues". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

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