National Premier Leagues Northern NSW

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National Premier Leagues Northern NSW
Country Australia
Founded 1992
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 2
Relegation to State League 1
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
2014 Northern NSW Football season

The National Premier Leagues Northern NSW is a regional Australian semi-professional association football league comprising teams from New South Wales. As a subdivision of the National Premier Leagues, the league sits at Level 1 on the New South Wales league system (Level 2 of the overall Australian league system). The competition is administered by Northern NSW Football, the governing body of the sport in the northern region of the state (the southern region governed by Football NSW). Prior to 2014, the league was formally know as the Northern NSW State Football League.

History[edit]

Format[edit]

The league originally started with 12 teams, all with a first grade, reserve grade and youth grade team. The league was then downsized to 10 teams still with all three grades. For the 2009 season it was decided by Northern New South Wales Football (the governing body) to downsize the league once again to 8 teams in order to improve the quality and give local players a chance to enter the A-league through the competition. The teams competing in the 2009 season were decided on the second of September 2008, with Highfields Azzurri FC and Lake Macquarie City Roosters FC being relegated to the NewFM Football League.

Teams were judged on criteria which included facilities/ground (30%), financial status (25%), management (20%), playing strength/coaching staff (15%) and development program (10%). An independent body, chaired by former NSW gaming minister Richard Face, was assigned to make the decision.[1]

The competition consists of 10 teams from around the Newcastle and Hunter area who each have a 1st-division side, a reserve team, a youth division team and an U/17 side. A season takes place over 18 rounds, with each team playing each other at home and away. The team that finishes 1st at the end of 18 rounds is declared the minor premier. The top 4 teams at the end of 18 rounds contest the finals series, a home and away knockout system played with the away goals rule (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd) with the winners meeting in the grand final. The winner of the grand final is crowned as the major premier.

The 10th-placed team each year is relegated to the NewFM Division, providing that the team finishing first in that competition meets the eligibility criteria for promotion.

Clubs[edit]

The following 10 clubs are competing in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW during the current 2014 season.

Club Location Ground Capacity
Adamstown Rosebud Adamstown Adamstown Oval 2,500
Broadmeadow Magic Broadmeadow Wanderers Oval 3,500
Charlestown City Blues Highfields Lisle Carr Oval 3,000
Edgeworth Eagles Edgeworth Jack McLaughlan Oval 1,000
Hamilton Olympic Hamilton Darling St Oval 1,000
Lake Macquarie City Speers Point Macquarie Field 5,000
Lambton Jaffas Lambton Arthur Edden Oval 2,000
Newcastle Jets Youth Newcastle Adamstown Oval 2,000
South Cardiff Cardiff South Ulinga Oval 1,000
Weston Workers Bears Weston Thomas & Coffey Park 1,000

Honours[edit]

Year Premiership Championship
2014 Newcastle Jets Youth Lambton Jaffas
2013 Broadmeadow Magic Broadmeadow Magic
2012 Hamilton Olympic Warriors Broadmeadow Magic
2011 Broadmeadow Magic Broadmeadow Magic
2010 Weston Workers Bears Edgeworth Eagles
2009 Edgeworth Eagles Hamilton Olympic Warriors
2008 Broadmeadow Magic Broadmeadow Magic
2007 Lake Macquarie City Hamilton Olympic Warriors
2006 Edgeworth Eagles Lake Macquarie City
2005 Broadmeadow Magic Broadmeadow Magic
2004 Weston Workers Bears Broadmeadow Magic
2003 Broadmeadow Magic Edgeworth Eagles
2002 Edgeworth Eagles Highfields Azzurri
2001 Broadmeadow Magic Hamilton Olympic Warriors
2000 Edgeworth Eagles Hamilton Olympic Warriors
1999 Edgeworth Eagles Hamilton Olympic Warriors

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