Australian soccer league system

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A diagram showing the nine member federations of Football Australia, which each control their respective state-based competitions.

The Australian soccer league system is the league structure for soccer clubs in Australia. The league system in Australia since 1977 has involved one top divisional league controlled by Football Australia and many leagues run within each state below.[1] The National Soccer League stood from 1977 to 2004 as the top nationwide tier above the current state-based league systems, in 2005, the A-League was established as its successor. The introduction of the National Premier Leagues in 2013 introduced a direct second tier of soccer in Australia, underpinning the A-League.[2] The National Premier Leagues incorporated the existing state leagues as divisions with a nationwide end of season finals series. In 2013, the National Premier Leagues rebranded 5 of the 9 top state leagues, and the remainder – with the exception of the Northern Territory – joined in 2014.[2] There is no promotion and relegation to and from the top-tier A-League, and promotion and relegation at other levels varies between different state systems.

A nationwide second-tier league competition with the working title, the National Second Division, has been proposed, with a start date of the 2024 season. In addition, it has been established that a promotion and relegation system will be set up to put in line with European leagues.[3]

The table excludes parallel leagues such as the A-League Youth, which runs in conjunction with the A-League as a national youth developmental and reserve league, or the A-League Women. The women's soccer league system in Australia is similar to that of the men's.

Current system (until 2023)[edit]

Level Leagues
1 A-League Men
12 clubs (1 from New Zealand)
no relegation
2 National Premier Leagues
94 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Football Northern Territory
12 clubs (from 2 divisions)
NPL ACT
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW
16 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Northern NSW
12 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL Queensland
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL SA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL Tasmania
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL WA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NorZone Premier League
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Zone Premier League
4 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
3 Capital Premier League
8 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
NSW League 1
16 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1.5
NNSW State League 1
9 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Queensland
Premier League 1

11 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 1
SA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Tasmania Northern Championship
8 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship
12 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
NPL Victoria 2
14 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1.5
NorZone Division 1
8 clubs
no promotion
4 ACT State League 1
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NSW League 2
15 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
no relegation
Regional
7 districts
↑ promote 1

Queensland
Premier League 2

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
SA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Tasmania Northern Social League
8 clubs
no promotion
Tasmania Southern Championship 2
7 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL Victoria 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1
5 ACT State League 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
19 districts
no promotion
Regional
9 districts
↑ promote 1
Regional
6 districts
no promotion
Tasmania Southern Championship 3
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic State League 1
North-West

12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 1
South-East

12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Regional
12 districts
no promotion
6 ACT Community League 3
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship 4
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic State League 2
North-West

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 2
South-East

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
7 ACT Community League 4
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship 5
10 clubs
no promotion
Vic State League 3
North-West

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 3
South-East

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
8 ACT Community League 5
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic SL 4 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
9 ACT Community League 6
10 clubs
no promotion
Vic SL 5 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
10 Regional
10 districts
no promotion

From 2024 onwards[edit]

Level Leagues
1 A-League Men
12 clubs (14 clubs from 2024–25) (1 from New Zealand (2 from 2024–25))
no relegation
2 National Second Division
10-16 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
3 National Premier Leagues
94 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Football Northern Territory
12 clubs (from 2 divisions)
NPL ACT
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW
16 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Northern NSW
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Queensland
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL SA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL Tasmania
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL WA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NorZone Premier League
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Zone Premier League
4 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
4 Capital Premier League
8 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
NSW League 1
16 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1.5
NNSW State League 1
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Queensland
Premier League 1

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
SA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Tasmania Northern Championship
8 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship
12 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
NPL Victoria 2
14 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1.5
NorZone Division 1
8 clubs
no promotion
5 ACT State League 1
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NSW League 2
16 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
no relegation
Regional
7 districts
↑ promote 1

Queensland
Premier League 2

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 1
SA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Tasmania Northern Social League
8 clubs
no promotion
Tasmania Southern Championship 2
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL Victoria 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1
6 ACT State League 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
19 districts
no promotion
Regional
9 districts
↑ promote 1
Regional
6 districts
no promotion
Tasmania Southern Championship 3
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic State League 1
North-West

14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 1
South-East

14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Regional
12 districts
no promotion
7 ACT Community League 3
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship 4
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic State League 2
North-West

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 2
South-East

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
8 ACT Community League 4
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Tasmania Southern Championship 5
10 clubs
no promotion
Vic State League 3
North-West

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Vic State League 3
South-East

12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
9 ACT Community League 5
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Vic SL 4 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Vic SL 4 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
10 ACT Community League 6
10 clubs
no promotion
Vic SL 5 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
Vic SL 5 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
11 Regional
10 districts
no promotion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Robinson. "Complete final season tables". elitetograssroots.net.
  2. ^ a b "National Premier Leagues". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Football Australia opens expressions of interest for National Second Tier Men's Competition". Football Australia. 3 February 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.

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