National Premier Leagues ACT

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National Premier Leagues ACT
Country Australia
Confederation AFC
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.[1]

Format[edit]

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.[2]

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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] However, Queanbeyan were reinstated on appeal and following the presentation of further evidence demonstrating these standards could be met.[5]

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.

Clubs[edit]

Club Location
Belconnen United
Canberra
Canberra City
Canberra Olympic
Cooma
FFA Centre of Excellence
Monaro Panthers
Tuggeranong United
Woden Valley

Former clubs[edit]

Club Location
Australian National University
Goulburn Strikers
Queanbeyan City
HNK O'Connor Knights
Gungahlin United
Canberra White Eagles
Weston Creek
Narrabundah
Burns

Competition history[edit]

Year League Winner Grand Final Federation Cup
2000 Gungahlin Juventus Belconnen United 1 def. Gungahlin Juventus 0 Gungahlin Juventus
2001 Canberra Deakin Gungahlin Juventus 2 def. Canberra Deakin 1 Gungahlin Juventus
2002 Canberra Deakin Belconnen United 2 def. Canberra Olympic 1 Canberra Deakin
2003 Canberra Deakin Canberra Deakin 1 def. Canberra Olympic 0 Gungahlin Juventus
2004 Canberra Deakin Canberra Deakin 4 def. Gungahlin Juventus 1 Canberra Deakin
2005 Canberra Deakin Canberra Deakin 1 def. O'Connor Knights 0 Canberra City
2006 Canberra Olympic Cooma 2 def. Canberra Olympic 1 Canberra Deakin
2007 Canberra Canberra 5 def. Belconnen United 4 (aet) Canberra
2008 Canberra Belconnen United 4 def. Canberra 1 O'Connor Knights
2009 Canberra Canberra 2 def. Belconnen United 1 Canberra
2010 Canberra Canberra 6 def. Belconnen United 0 Canberra
2011 Canberra Canberra 8 def. Canberra Olympic 5 Canberra
2012 Belconnen United Cooma 2 def. Belconnen United 1 Canberra
2013 Canberra Canberra Olympic 2 def. Canberra 0 Tuggeranong United

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/nationalpremierleagues
  2. ^ Mens League Rules and Regulations, 2008, Capital Football
  3. ^ "Clubs on notice to lift game or be cut loose". Canberra Times. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Queanbeyan City’s PL Licence Reviewed". Capital Football. October 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Queanbeyan City Reinstated in Premier League". Capital Football. December 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Clubs

Former Clubs