National Premier Leagues Western Australia

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National Premier Leagues Western Australia
Country Australia
Founded 1896
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
WA State Challenge Cup
Current champions 2014 Bayswater City
Current premiers 2014 Bayswater City
Most championships Perth SC (Azzurri, Italia) (22 titles)
Website http://www.footballwest.com.au/
2014 National Premier Leagues

The National Premier Leagues Western Australia is a regional Australian semi-professional soccer league comprising teams from Western Australia. As a subdivision of the National Premier Leagues, the league is sits at the highest level of the Western Australian league system (Level 2 of the overall Australian league system). The competition is administered by Football West, the governing body of the sport in the state. In 2014, the league, formally known as the Football West State League Premier Division was rebranded into what exists today.

History[edit]

Several of the clubs currently playing in the league were formed as the soccer arm of cultural associations of recently migrated Australians, with certain teams having associations with particularly nationalities e.g. Swan Italian Club (now Swan United), Bayswater Inter (now Bayswater City) and Perth Italia (now Perth SC) with Italian Australians, Morley Windmills with Dutch Australians, Floreat Athena with Greek Australians, Benfica United (now Fremantle Spirit) with Portuguese Australians, Inglewood Kiev (now Inglewood United) with Ukrainian Australians, North Perth Croatia (now Western Knights) and Cockburn City with Croatian Australians, Shamrock Rovers with Irish Australians, Dianella White Eagles with Serbian Australians and Stirling Macedonia (now Stirling Lions) with Macedonian Australians. In 1994 clubs were forced by the sport's governing body to remove all references to ethnicities from their names, which resulted in several name changes. It is only recently that clubs have begun to be based geographically, with Mandurah City and ECU Joondalup recently established clubs.

The West Australian National Training Centre included a team for the 2011-2013 seasons. They did not play for competition points, and were mostly used for development of the upcoming youth players.

In 2013 Football Federation of Australia introduced the new second tier competition for football in Australia, the National Premier Leagues. In 2014 Football West then reorganised the former State Premier League league into the National Premier Leagues Western Australia conference and the Divisions one and two. There is a freeze in promotion and relegation between the NPL and the State League Division 1 for two seasons until the 2016 season, as there are plans for an expansion of teams in the NPL WA competition.[1]

Clubs[edit]

Club Location Ground Capacity
Armadale Armadale Alfred Skeet Oval 2,500
Balcatta Balcatta Grindleford Reserve 1,000
Bayswater City Bayswater Frank Drago Reserve 5,000
Cockburn City Cockburn Dalmatinac Park 2,000
ECU Joondalup Joondalup ECU Joondalup Football Stadium 2,500
Floreat Athena Floreat Litis Stadium 1,000
Inglewood United Inglewood Intiga Stadium 5,536
Perth Glory Youth Perth Intiga Stadium 5,536
Perth West Perth Dorrien Gardens 2,000
Sorrento Sorrento Percy Doyle Reserve 5,000
Stirling Lions Stirling Macedonia Park 7,000 [2]
Subiaco AFC Subiaco Western Australian Athletics Stadium 9,971

Honours[edit]

1 after championship playoff.
2 after zone playoff.
3 round-robin format.

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