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 a structure of leagues 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 football 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.

Level Leagues
1 A-League
10 clubs (1 from New Zealand)
no relegation
2 National Premier Leagues
90 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Northern Territory Regional
3 districts
no promotion
NPL ACT
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL NSW
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Northern NSW
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Queensland
12 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL South Australia
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Tasmania
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2.5
NPL Western Australia
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
(a) 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
Regional
10 districts
no promotion
NPL State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1.5
Northern Championship
9 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
Southern Championship
9 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
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
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1.5
(a) Capital League Division 1
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
7 districts
no promotion
NPL State League 2
9 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
Northern League One
6 clubs
↑ promote 1
potential relegation
Southern League One
6 clubs
↑ promote 1
potential 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
12 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1
(a) Capital League Division 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
NSW State League
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
South Australian Regional Leagues
6 districts
no promotion
Northern League Two
6 clubs
potential promotion
no relegation
Southern League Two
6 clubs
potential 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
Amateur League Premier Division
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
(a) Capital League Division 3
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
19 districts
no promotion
Southern League Three
8 clubs
potential 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
Amateur League Division 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
(a) Southern League Four
8 clubs
potential promotion
no relegation
State League 4
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 4.5
↓ relegate 8
Amateur League Division 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
(a) Southern League Five
8 clubs
potential promotion
no relegation
State League 5
48 clubs (from 4 divisions)
↑ promote 8
no relegation
Amateur League Division 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
(a) Victorian Regional Leagues
8 districts
no promotion
Amateur League Division 4
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 1
(a) Amateur League Division 5
8 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
(a) Metropolitan League
6 divisions
internal promotion
and relegation
(a) Regional
17 separate
associations
  • Note (a): tiers below the National Premier League are not official or coordinated

See also[edit]

  • League system, for a list of similar systems in other countries

References[edit]

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

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