Football Federation Victoria

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Football Federation Victoria
Football Federation Victoria.svg
Abbreviation FFV
Formation 1884
Region served
Victoria, Australia
Membership
50,000+
President
Nick Monteleone
Parent organization
FFA
Website footballfedvic.com.au

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) is the state governing body for soccer in Victoria, Australia. It is affiliated with Football Federation Australia, the sport's national governing body. The FFV's premier competition is the National Premier Leagues Victoria, previously known as the Victorian Premier League.

History[edit]

Football Federation Victoria began operation in 1884 under the name Anglo Australian Football Association of Victoria and is one of the oldest sporting associations in Victoria.[1] It has had several name changes over the years, but has survived as the governing body of soccer in Victoria since this time. The Football Association (Australia), the predecessor of Football Federation Australia (FFA), was formed in 1923.[citation needed]

The federation conducted its first competition in 1909 with Carlton United becoming the inaugural First Division champions. The name of the competition was changed to the State League in 1958 and later became the Victorian Premier League in 1990.[citation needed]

In 1992 and 1993, wheelchair soccer was conceived when a "come 'n' try" was conducted with the support of Leisure Action (LA), a division of the Spastic Society. A pilot season resulted in the northwest region, the success of which lead LA to source funding and development partners. Early in 1995 the FFV agreed to become the auspicing body for the future development of wheelchair soccer in Victoria and in 2000 signed an agreement to that effect.[citation needed]

In 1996 the board of management of the FFV initiated a major organisational review and obtained independent advice on the existing management structure and the organisational arrangements required to make the administration of soccer more effective. The review resulted in the formation of an independent commission, replacing the board, which was elected in December 1996.[citation needed]

To provide for the future development of women's soccer, in 1999 the FFV and Women's Soccer Victoria combined and established an integrated structure to provide professional administrative services and infrastructure to all female participants in soccer. This resulted in a women's soccer competition for junior and senior teams starting in 1999 and other initiatives aimed at grass roots and elite player development.[citation needed]

In 2005 it changed its name from Victorian Soccer Federation (VSF) to Football Federation Victoria.[citation needed]

In 2009, player registrations for football in Victoria passed 50,000, the highest number in the federation's history.[2][citation needed]

As part of its strategy to become a more "customer focussed" organisation, in November 2009 the head office of Football Federation Victoria moved from its location at the International Sports Centre in Thornbury in Melbourne's northern suburbs to its new and more centrally located headquarters at Level 3, 436 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.[citation needed]

Formation[edit]

As the state governing body for football in Victoria, Football Federation Victoria oversees all aspects of the sport in the state. Although, FFV has twelve regional-based constituent members within state which oversee in all aspects of the sport within their respected region.

Football Pyramid in Victoria[edit]

For the full football pyramid in Australia, see Australian soccer league system.

The football pyramid in Victoria comprises the seven levels of football in Victoria below the A-League. It has a hierarchical format that features promotion and relegation between all levels (aside from the A-League and regional leagues). All clubs in the system are eligible for entry to the State Knockout Cup, and are seeded in accordance to tier standing.

For the 2013 season, Football Federation Victoria announced a restructure of the league.[3] Tiers 5, 6 and 7, which were previously known as Provisional League 1, 2 and 3 respectively were removed, as was the Metropolitan League (tier 8). They were replaced by State League 4 and 5, divided geographically into North, East, South and West divisions, thus making State League 5 the lowest division in which are club can theoretically be promoted into the VPL. The Victorian Premier League and State League 1 to 3 remained the same.

2013 will also see the inaugural State League Champions series take place in Victoria. The champion of each league from State League 2 and below will play a finals series against the champions of other regions in their division as follows:

  • State League 2 North-West vs South-East
  • State League 3 North-West vs South-East
  • State League 4 North vs West & South vs East, with winners meeting in a final
  • State League 5 North vs West & South vs East, with winners meeting in a final

Various regional leagues that are affiliated with the FFV, although they are not connected to the Victorian football pyramid and thus there is no promotion or relegation between them. These leagues include Bayside FA Premier, Gippsland Soccer League, North Eastern Soccer League, Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Ballarat & District Soccer Association, Geelong Regional Football Association and Warnambool District Soccer League, as well as various junior leagues.

Level Leagues
1 National Premier Leagues Victoria
14 clubs
↓ relegate 2
2 National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
3 Victorian State League Division 1 North-West
12 clubs
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 1 South-East
12 clubs
↓ relegate 2
4 Victorian State League Division 2 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 2 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
5 Victorian State League Division 3 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 3 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
6 Victorian State League Division 4 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 4 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 4 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Victorian State League Division 4 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
7 Victorian State League Division 5 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
No Relegation
Victorian State League Division 5 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
No relegation
Victorian State League Division 5 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
No Relegation
Victorian State League Division 5 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
No Relegation
8 Regional
12 districts
No promotion

Women's Pyramid[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Victorian Women's Premier League
(11 clubs)

Club Formed Champion of Victoria
Ashburton Est.
Bendigo Vipers Est.
Box Hill Inter Est. 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2008
Casey Comets Est. 1998, 1999 & 2002
Eltham North Est.
GSL[disambiguation needed] Est.
Heidelberg United Est. 2007
Keilor Park WSC Est.
Preston Lions FC Est.
Sandringham Est.
South Melbourne Est.

2

Women's State League Div 1
9 clubs

Club Formed Champion of Victoria
Brighton Est.
Ballarat Red Devils Est.
Bayswater Strikers Est.
GRFA Est.
Monbulk Est.
South Yarra Est.
University of Melbourne Est.
Whitehorse United Est.
Whittlesea Zebras WSC Est.

3

Women's State League Div 2 North-West
10 clubs
Altona City
Brunswick Zebras WVPL Champions 1996 & 1997
Bundoora United
Darebin Falcons
Fawkner WSC
La Trobe Uni
Melbourne Bears
Melton
North Geelong
Port Melbourne

Women's State League Div 2 South-East
10 clubs
Ashburton
Beaumaris
Bentleigh Greens
Berwick City WVPL Champions 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995
Knox United WSC
Monash University
Mooroolbark
Sandringham
South Springvale
Southern Suburbs

4

Women's State League Div 3 North-West
10 clubs
Diamond Valley Utd
Epping City
Maribyrnong Greens
Maribyrnong Utd
Melbourne Tornado
Sunshine Georgies
West Preston
Western Eagles
Western Suburbs
Westvale

Women's State League Div 3 South-East
10 clubs
Albert Park WSC
Ashburton
Doncaster Rovers
Endeavour Utd
Knox City
Mornington Flames
Noble Park
Richmond
Sandringham
South Melbourne

5

Women's Metropolitan League North-West
8 clubs
Brunswick City
Brunswick Zebras
Lalor
Melbourne Knights
Melbourne Lions
Mitchell Rangers
North City Lions
Sydenham Park
Tullamarine Jets

Women's Metropolitan League South-East
8 clubs
Bayswater Strikers
Box Hill Inter
Croydon City Arrows
Dandenong City
Dandenong Sparrows
Langwarrin
Monash University
Ringwood City

Women's Metropolitan League Central
9 clubs
Albert Park WSC
DOC United WFC
Elwood City
Fitzroy City
Sandringham
Swinburne University WSC
Uni. of Melbourne
Watsonia Heights WSC
Yarra Jets

Funding[edit]

The FFV is financed through affiliation fees which member clubs pay, depending on their level in the pyramid. For the 2008 season, affiliation fees were as follows

References[edit]

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