National Soccer Youth League

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National Soccer Youth League
Country Australia
Founded 1984
Folded 2004
Most championships Melbourne Knights, South Melbourne,
Australian Institute of Sport,
(3 titles each)

The National Soccer Youth League, also known as the National Youth League, was an Australian national football (soccer) league run in parallel to the National Soccer League. The aim of the league was to provide a pathway for young players to play regular high-level football, and allow reserve players from senior NSL teams to remain match fit. The league was founded in 1984, alongside the simultaneous expansion of the senior competition, and followed the NSL's move to summer competition during the switch to summer play in 1989.

The competition was split into Northern and Southern divisions, with the winners of each division playing off in a grand final to decide the national champion. The Southern division included teams mostly from Victoria, but also sides from South Australia. The Northern division contained teams from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland. Teams were drawn from NSL clubs, state league clubs, regional representative sides as well as the programs of the various state-run sports institutes, such as the Australian Institute of Sport's Football Program. The competition ceased operation in 2004, at the same time the NSL ended. While the A-League replaced the NSL in 2005, after a season's recess, the NSYL was not succeeded by the A-League National Youth League until 2008.

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Runner up Score Venue
1984 South Melbourne Hellas Melita Eagles 3–2
1985 Sydney City Heidelberg Alexander 3-0
1986 Australian Institute of Sport Sunshine George Cross 3–0
1987 Sydney Olympic Sunshine George Cross 1-0
1988 Marconi Sunshine George Cross 2-1
1989 Sunshine George Cross Marconi 3–2
1989/1990 Melbourne Croatia APIA Leichhardt 2–1
1990/1991 South Melbourne Sydney Olympic 3–2
1991/1992 Sydney Croatia South Melbourne 3–1
1992/1993 West Adelaide Australian Institute of Sport 1–0
1993/1994 South Melbourne Sydney United 2–0
1994/1995 Sydney United Melbourne Knights 1-0
1995/1996 Marconi Stallions West Adelaide 3–1
1996/1997 Melbourne Knights Sydney United 1–0
1997/1998 Australian Institute of Sport Adelaide City 4-1
1998/1999 Australian Institute of Sport Adelaide City 8–1 Knights Stadium
1999/2000 Carlton Parramatta Power 1-0
2000/2001 Melbourne Knights Marconi Stallions 3–2
2001/2002 Parramatta Power Melbourne Knights 2-0
2002/2003 Parramatta Power Whittlesea Stallions 6-2
2003/2004 Canberra Deakin South Melbourne 2–1

Performance by team[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Melbourne Knights
3
2
1989-90, 1996–97, 2000–01
South Melbourne
3
2
1984, 1990–91, 1993–94
Australian Institute of Sport
3
1
1986, 1997–98, 1998–99,
Marconi Stallions
2
2
1988, 1995–96
Sydney United
2
2
1991-92, 1994–95
Parramatta Power
2
1
2001-02, 2002–03
Sunshine George Cross
1
3
1989
Sydney Olympic
1
1
1987
West Adelaide
1
1
1992/93
Carlton
1
0
1999/2000
Canberra Deakin
1
0
2003-04
Sydney City
1
0
1985

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Roy Hay, 'The National Youth League 1984-2004', Goal Weekly, March 2008