F-League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with F. League. ‹See Tfd›
F-League
F-League logo.jpg
Country  Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 2011
Number of teams 8
Levels on pyramid 1
International cup(s) AFC Futsal Club Championship
Current champions Vic Vipers
(2013)
Most championships Maccabi Hakoah
Dural Warriors
Vic Vipers (1 title each)
Website Official website

The F-League, known as the hummel F-League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest national tier for futsal in Australia. It is sanctioned by Football NSW and Football Federation Australia. The inaugural season was held in 2011.[1]

History[edit]

The F-League began in 2011 with a six team competition with teams from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria participating across three weekends in Sydney. This competition was extremely successful with positive feedback from teams from each state that participated.

In 2012 the renamed hummel F-League expanded to an eight team competition with teams again from New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. The competition was played across five weekends (three in New South Wales, two in Victoria and one in the Australian Capital Territory). 13 of the 16 members of the Futsalroos team that competed in the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup played in the 2012 hummel F-League.

Competition format[edit]

Matches are played over a weekend in a 'Series' format all clubs playing multiple times over two days. Since 2012 matches have been played under full FIFA International Laws of the Game, which includes the use of stop clock.

The 2013 season saw five Series played in New South Wales (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne) and the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) and the addition of a top four finals series, with two semi finals and a grand final played at the end of the fifth weekend of competition. For the first time Friday night fixtures were introduced over a number of the rounds to give the competition additional exposure and provide clubs with more beneficial playing times.

The hummel F-League is currently the competition that determines the Australian representative team that will compete in the AFC Futsal Club Championship. As of the 2012 the club finishing in first position after the 14 competition rounds earns the right to qualify for this competition.

Clubs[edit]

Six teams took part in the inaugural season Boomerangs F.S., Dural Warriors, Inner City FC, Maccabi Hakoah, Parramatta Blues and the St. Albans Strikers. Inner City FC and Maccabi Hakoah left the competition after one year of participation.

In 2012 four new teams entered the competition Melbourne Heart (which was renamed Melbourne City FC in 2014), East Coast Heat, Jaguars Futbol Sala Club and Vic Vipers.

In 2013 Parramatta Blues were replaced in the competition by the newly formed Sydney Scorpions.

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up Finals Winner Finals Runner Up
2011 Maccabi Hakoah Inner City FC Maccabi Hakoah St Albans Strikers
2012 Dural Warriors East Coast Heat n/a* n/a*
2013 Vic Vipers Dural Warriors Vic Vipers Dural Warriors
  • No Finals Series was played in the 2012 season.

Sea also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New F-League A Hit". Four Four Two. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 

External links[edit]