National Premier Leagues NSW
|Number of teams||12|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Relegation to||NPL NSW 2|
|Domestic cup(s)||FFA Cup
|Current champions||Blacktown City (2014)|
|Current premiers||Bonnyrigg White Eagles (2014)|
|2015 Football NSW season|
The National Premier Leagues NSW 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. Prior to 2013 the league was known as the NSW Premier League.
As of 2012, all matches have been filmed and a weekly highlights package has been made available online.
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 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.
There are 22 Rounds in total with each team playing each other twice; home and away.
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 Week – Preliminary Semi-Final – 2nd vs 3rd + Elimination Semi-Final – 4th vs 5th
- Second Week – Major Semi-Final – 1st vs Winner PSF + Minor Semi-Final – Loser PSF vs Winner ESF
- Third Week – Preliminary Final – Loser of MJF vs Winner of MNS
- Final Week – Grand Final – Winner of MJF vs Winner of PF
The following 12 clubs are competing in the National Premier Leagues NSW during the current 2015 season.
|APIA Leichhardt Tigers||Leichhardt||Lambert Park||7,000|
|Blacktown City||Blacktown||Lily Homes Stadium||7,500|
|Blacktown Spartans||Rooty Hill||Blacktown International Sportspark||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||WIN Stadium||23,750|
|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|
|3||Blacktown City||2007, 2010, 2014|
|2||Bankstown City Lions||2004, 2005|
|Bonnyrigg White Eagles||2001, 2013|
|APIA Leichhardt Tigers||2003|
|Sydney United 58||2006|
|South Coast Wolves||2008|