Central Premier League

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Central Premier League
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Chatham Cup
Current champions Western Suburbs FC
Most championships Miramar Rangers and Western Suburbs FC (6)
Website Capital Football

The Central League is a professional status league competition run by Capital Football for Association football clubs located in the southern and central parts of the North Island, New Zealand. It is at the second level of New Zealand Football behind the national association based Stirling Sports Premiership, and the highest level of club based football available to teams within the region.

League history[edit]

The premier league was initially set up as one of the three feeder leagues to the New Zealand National Soccer League in 1992, and continued in this form until being disbanded at the end of the 1999 season. The league was reinstated in 2005 as the top club league for the central region of New Zealand football,[1] and the current strength of the league is demonstrated by it providing the past Chatham Cup winners in 2009 (Wellington Olympic), 2010 (Miramar Rangers), 2011 (Wairarapa United) and 2015 (Napier City Rovers).[2]

2017 winners[edit]

Western Suburbs FC coached by Declan Edge won the Central League title with two games to go by beating Palmerston North Marist at home 6-0, it was the clubs first title since 2009 and sixth since the league was formed in 1992. [3]

Central Premier League Season – 2017[edit]

Central Premier League Clubs[edit]

Club Location Home Ground(s)
Lower Hutt City Lower Hutt, New Zealand Fraser Park
Miramar Rangers Wellington, New Zealand David Farrington Park
Napier City Rovers Napier City, New Zealand Bluewater Stadium (4,000)
Palmerston North Marist Palmerston North, New Zealand Memorial Park (8,000)
Stop Out Lower Hutt, New Zealand Hutt Park
Team Taranaki New Plymouth, New Zealand Yarrow Stadium (25,000)[4]
Wairarapa United Masterton, New Zealand Memorial Park Turf
Wellington Olympic Wellington, New Zealand Wakefield Park
Wellington United Wellington, New Zealand Newtown Park (5,000)
Western Suburbs FC Porirua, New Zealand Endeavour Park

Central Premier League Standings – 2017[edit]

Po. Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Western Suburbs FC 16 13 2 1 41 13 28 41
2 Wairarapa United 16 10 1 5 54 38 16 31
3 Wellington United 17 8 2 7 44 40 4 26
4 Stop Out 16 8 2 6 32 29 3 26
5 Miramar Rangers 16 7 2 7 45 40 5 23
6 Napier City Rovers 16 6 2 8 39 39 0 20
7 Team Taranaki 16 6 2 8 21 27 -6 20[Note]
8 Wellington Olympic 16 5 4 7 32 35 -3 19
9 Lower Hutt City 17 5 2 10 34 46 -12 17
10 Palmerston North Marist 16 2 3 11 22 57 -35 9

Updated to match(es) played on 5 August 2017. Source: Capital Football

Notes
  • Team Taranaki won 1-0 over Palmerston North Marist on 2nd April but are awaiting the result of an appeal to NZ Football following a player eligiblity protest in relation to that game.[5]

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away LHC MIR NCR PNM STO TT WAU OLY WLU WSB
Lower Hutt City 3–1 3–3 1–4 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–5 0–3
Miramar Rangers 4–3 2–2 7–0 4–0 0–6 3–3 2–3 2–3
Napier City Rovers 5–1 0–5 3–0 4–1 3–4 4–1 2–6 1–2
Palmerston North Marist 3–4 3–5 2–4 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–2
Stop Out 2–1 1–3 3–2 7–0 1–1 1–4 2–2 1–0
Team Taranaki 1–0 1–4 1–0 0–1 4–2 0–2 1–0 1–3
Wairarapa United 2–3 4–1 3–1 7–1 5–1 3–2 5–2 2–1
Wellington Olympic 0–4 1–2 1–1 1–2 4–3 1–2 1–2
Wellington United 4–6 7–4 2–1 0–4 3–0 5–4 4–4 0–2
Western Suburbs 2–1 3–0 6–0 1–0 3–1 5–1 1–1 2–0

Updated to games played on 5 August 2017.
Source: Capital Football
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Records[edit]

Past Champions[edit]

References[edit]