National Premier Leagues NSW

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National Premier Leagues NSW
Country Australia
Founded 1956
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 2
Relegation to SUPA IGA NPL NSW Mens 2
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
Current champions Bonnyrigg White Eagles (2013)
Current premiers Sydney United 58 (2013)
Website www.nplnsw.com.au
2014 National Premier Leagues

The IGA National Premier Leagues NSW Mens 1 is one of two state-level semi-professional soccer competitions in New South Wales, Australia, the other being the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW organised by Northern NSW Football. The league is a subdivision of the second tier National Premier Leagues, which sits below the national A-League. The competition is conducted by Football NSW, the organising body in New South Wales. In 2013, the league, formally known as the NSW Premier League was rebranded into what exists today.

As of 2012, all matches have been filmed and a weekly highlights package has been made available online.

History[edit]

Since 1956, a top divisional New South Wales based league has been contested annually in various forms, with its early days remembered as Division One, as well as the Ampol Cup which ran as state based competitions until the formation of a national league in Australia being the National Soccer League which began in 1977. Today, many of the clubs are former national teams from the NSL, including Sydney Olympic and APIA Leichhardt Tigers with these clubs, and many others, being rejected from the revamped national competition in 2004, the A-League after the demise of the NSL forcing the teams once again into the state leagues. During the 1990s the highest level of football in New South Wales was known as the Super League, which today is the second-tier level of football in NSW.

In 2001, the top football divisions were revamped with the highest level of football being named the Premier League and the Winter Super League being the second. 2005 saw the return of the New South Wales NSL giants in Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58, Wollongong Wolves (now South Coast Wolves) and Marconi Stallions[1] which arguably brought the better days of a state league competition which many consider one grade lower than the A-League.

In 2008 the whole New South Wales men's, women's and youth competitions were reconstructed to align youth teams with their respective senior clubs along with women's teams.

In 2013 the National Premier Leagues was announced and would rebrand the premier league in each state under a single banner, with the NSW Premier League rebranded as the National Premier Leagues NSW.[2]

Competition format[edit]

League[edit]

There are 22 Rounds in total with each team playing each other twice; home and away.

Finals[edit]

The top five sides at the end of the season compete in the Championship Series. The Championship Series consists of six games, whereby the five teams competing are whittled down to just two. The teams are seeded upon their entry into the Championship Series according to their final position on the ladder. The final two teams compete in the Grand Final, where a NSW Premier League Champion is decided.

  • First WeekPreliminary Semi-Final – 2nd vs 3rd + Elimination Semi-Final – 4th vs 5th
  • Second WeekMajor Semi-Final – 1st vs Winner PSF + Minor Semi-Final – Loser PSF vs Winner ESF
  • Third WeekPreliminary Final – Loser of MJF vs Winner of MNS
  • Final WeekGrand Final – Winner of MJF vs Winner of PF

Clubs[edit]

The following 12 clubs are competing in the National Premier Leagues NSW during the current 2014 season.

Club Location Grounds Capacity
APIA Leichhardt Tigers Leichhardt Lambert Park 7,000
Blacktown City Blacktown Lily Homes Stadium 7,500
Blacktown Spartans Rooty Hill Blacktown Football Park 2,000
Bonnyrigg White Eagles Bonnyrigg Bonnyrigg Sports Club 5,000
Manly United Dee Why Cromer Park 5,000
Marconi Stallions Bossley Park Marconi Stadium 11,500
Rockdale City Suns Rockdale Bicentennial Park South 5,000
South Coast Wolves Wollongong John Crehan Park 7,500
St George Banksia St George Stadium 15,000
Sutherland Sharks Miranda Seymour Shaw Park 5,000
Sydney Olympic Belmore Belmore Sports Ground 25,000
Sydney United 58 Edensor Park Sydney United Sports Centre 12,000

Honours[edit]

Titles Club Years
2 Bankstown City Lions 2004, 2005
Blacktown City 2007, 2010
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2001, 2013
1 Parramatta 2002
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2003
Sydney United 58 2006
South Coast Wolves 2008
Sutherland Sharks 2009
Sydney Olympic 2011
Marconi Stallions 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004/05 Premier League Season Review". 
  2. ^ "FFA launches National Premier Leagues". Football Federation Australia. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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