Australian soccer league system

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A diagram showing the nine member federations of FFA, 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 the national body and many leagues run within each state below. The National Soccer League stood from 1977–2004 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.

The National Youth League, which runs in conjunction with the A-League as a national youth developmental and reserve league, is not included in the table. The women's soccer league system in Australia is similar to that of the men's, with the W-League the top nationwide league and below that state-based leagues run by the FFA Member Federations. Women's soccer in Australia is growing in popularity as clubs at grassroots level are getting in more players at a young age.

A proposed national second tier league competition with the working title Australian Championship has been proposed.

Level Leagues
1 A-League
10 clubs (1 from New Zealand)
no relegation
2 National Premier Leagues
94 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Football Federation Northern Territory
10 clubs (from 2 divisions)
NPL ACT
9 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL NSW
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Northern NSW
11 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Queensland
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL South Australia
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL Tasmania
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2.5
NPL Western Australia
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2.5
NorZone Premier League
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Zone Premier League
4 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
3 Capital League
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW 2
14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
State League 1
11 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Queensland Premier League
14 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Northern Championship
9 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
Southern Championship
9 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
NPL Victoria 2 West
10 clubs
↑ promote 1.25
↓ relegate 1
NPL Victoria 2 East
10 clubs
↑ promote 1.25
↓ relegate 1
State League 1
11 clubs
↑ promote 0.5
↓ relegate 2.5
NorZone All Age League
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
4 Capital League Division 1
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
7 districts
no promotion
Regional
10 districts
no promotion
State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
Northern Championship One
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Championship One
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 1 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
State League 1 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
State League 2
11 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1
5 Capital League Division 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
Regional
6 districts
no promotion
Southern League Two
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 2 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
State League 2 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Regional
18 districts
↑ promote 2
6 Capital League Division 3
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
19 districts
no promotion
Southern League Three
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 3 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2.25
State League 3 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2.25
7 Capital League Division 4
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
State League 4
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 4.5
↓ relegate 8
8 Capital League Division 5
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
State League 5
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 8
no relegation
9 Capital League Division 6
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
8 districts
no promotion
10 Capital League Division 7
14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
11 Capital League Division 8
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
12 Capital League Division 9
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
13 Capital League Division 10
12 clubs
↑ promote 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Premier Leagues". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2013.

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