National Premier Leagues ACT
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Relegation to||ACT State League|
|Domestic cup(s)||FFA Cup|
|2014 National Premier Leagues|
The National Premier Leagues ACT is an association football competition contested by clubs affiliated to Capital Football. It is the highest level competition in the Australian Capital Territory region. It is a subdivision of the National Premier Leagues.
The competition is contested by primarily amateur clubs in one league, each team playing each other twice throughout the regular season. The highest placed team is declared League Champions, and the four highest placed teams enter a finals series to determine the Premiers.
Premier League clubs are generally also required to field teams in age-limited divisions of Premier Pathway League, Premier U18 and Premier U16. Many clubs also field teams in lower State League divisions.
A cup competition is contested by Premier League teams and other teams from the region, known as the Federation Cup. It is normally played during the pre-season.
The competition has been dominated in recent years by Canberra FC and Belconnen United, both regularly reaching the finals and finishing strongly in the cup and league competitions.
The competition was restructured after the 2006 season, based on criterion requiring a development pathway within clubs where each club must field a team in a reserves and Under-18 divisions. Nine teams contested in the Premier League in 2007, cutting Gungahlin Juventus, White Eagles and reigning premier Cooma Tigers from the top tier.
The same nine teams remained in the Premier League for 2008 and 2009. The pathway system was expanded to include a Premier U16 competition, with all nine clubs required to field a team from their club or an affiliated club. Capital Football initially revoked the licence of Queanbeyan City for the 2009 season, citing a non-compliance with the developmental and administrative standards expected for the league. However, Queanbeyan were reinstated on appeal and following the presentation of further evidence demonstrating these standards could be met.
At the close of the 2009 season, the licences of all participating clubs were reviewed and expressions of interest sought for new additional entrants to the competition for 2010–2012.
|FFA Centre of Excellence|
|Australian National University|
|HNK O'Connor Knights|
|Canberra White Eagles|
- Mens League Rules and Regulations, 2008, Capital Football
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- "Queanbeyan City’s PL Licence Reviewed". Capital Football. October 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.[dead link]
- "Queanbeyan City Reinstated in Premier League". Capital Football. December 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.[dead link]
- Official website of Belconnnen United FC
- Official website of Canberra City FC
- Official website of Canberra FC
- Official website of Canberra Olympic
- Official website of Cooma Tigers FC
- Official website of Goulburn Strikers FC
- Official website of Monaro Panthers FC
- Official website of Tuggeranong United FC
- Official website of Woden Valley FC
- Official website of ANU FC
- Official website of Canberra White Eagles FC
- Official website of Narrabundah FC
- Official website of Queanbeyan City FC
- Official website of Weston Creek SC