Football NSW

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Football New South Wales
Football NSW new logo.png
Formation1 April 2007[1]
(1957 as NSW Federation of Soccer Clubs)
TypeState Sporting Association
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersValentine Sports Park
Region served
New South Wales, Australia
Parent organisation

Football NSW is the governing body for soccer in the Australian state of New South Wales with the exception of the northern regions of NSW (the governing body for which is Northern New South Wales Football). Football NSW is a member of the national governing body, the Football Federation Australia. Football NSW's premier football competition is the National Premier Leagues NSW. The premier futsal competition is the Futsal Premier League. Prior to 1 April 2007, Football NSW was known as Soccer NSW.[2]


The first soccer association was founded in New South Wales in 1882 as the "South British Football Soccer Association". It was succeeded in 1898 by the "New South Wales British Football Association" and eventually in 1921 by the "Australian Soccer Football Association". The first state league in New South Wales was formed in 1928 and by 1943 a new association was formed to oversee the game in New South Wales specifically, called "New South Wales Soccer Football Association". This was formed into a company in 1945.[3][4]

By 1957 many clubs in New South Wales were left disgruntled by the way the game was run by the NSW Soccer Football Association due to numerous factors. Some migrant communities had created their own clubs when they were faced with closed doors by already established suburban clubs.[5] After a meeting lead by Hakoah president, Walter Sternberg in his Bellevue Hill home, a new association was born, called the "NSW Federation of Soccer Clubs". This federation effectively took control over the game from the former NSW Soccer Football Association.[3][5][4]

The events of 1957 also lead to a change in management nationally. With the Australian Soccer Football Association (ASFA) suspended by FIFA over player poaching disputes and the creation of Federations in other states, the Australian Soccer Federation (ASF) was created in 1961 to replace the old association. However, the ASF only gained control of operations from the ASFA after they sent a £5000 bond to FIFA in 1963.[4]

In 1995, "Soccer Australia" replaced the "Australian Soccer Federation" and so the governing body of New South Wales became "Soccer NSW".[4]

Soccer NSW remained in control of the game for a decade until another national change took place in 2005 when Soccer Australia changed its name to "Football Federation Australia".[4] Soccer NSW however, did not officially change its name to "Football NSW" until 1 April 2007.[1]


Valentine Sports Park

The headquarters of Football NSW are located at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood. Valentine Sports Park is a multipurpose sporting complex which caters for various groups, as well as individuals. The complex consists of twin, triple and quad rooms accommodating up to 180 people, 5 playing fields, lecture rooms, indoor sports hall, 20 metre outdoor pool, sports medicine centre and a dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also contains the offices of the Football NSW staff.


The majority of Football NSW's time goes into the football competitions they oversee and run. Football NSW oversees the running of numerous representative youth, Men's & Women's association football leagues and cups, a number of which are non-amateur. They also oversee the countless club and amateur competitions run by the affiliated associations around the state. For a detailed rundown of the various leagues and systems run in New South Wales see Football (soccer) in New South Wales.


Football NSW is also the governing body for Futsal is New South Wales. There are two representative leagues named the "Futsal Premier League" (Known as the SELECT Futsal Premier League for sponsorship reasons) and the "Futsal Premier League 2" (Known as the SELECT FPL2). Originally there was only one representative league with 16 teams. In the 06/07 season the competition was cut into 2 separate divisions of 8 teams each. In the 07/08 season the top 8 clubs in the club championship (aggregate points of all teams) from that season were put in the First Division while the last 8 were put in the second division. Now in 18/19 there is 8 premier league teams and 8 premier league 2 teams.

National Premier Leagues and NSW State League clubs[edit]

Below are listed the member clubs of Football NSW for the National Premier Leagues and NSW State League competitions for 2017.

National Premier Leagues NSW National Premier Leagues NSW 2 National Premier Leagues NSW 3 NSW State League
Club Founded Club Founded Club Founded Club Founded
APIA Leichhardt 1954 Bankstown Berries 1886 Balmain Tigers 1988 Bankstown United
Blacktown Spartans 2002 Bankstown City FC 1973 Dulwich Hill FC 1968 Camden Tigers 1961
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1968 Blacktown City FC 1953 Dunbar Rovers 1991 FC Gazy Lansvale
Hakoah Sydney City East 1939 Central Coast Mariners Academy 2008 Gladesville Ryde Magic 1953 Hurstville City Minotaurs 1985
Manly United 1992 Hills Brumbies FC 1998[6] Granville Rage 1990 Hurstville ZFC 1970
Parramatta FC 1957 Macarthur Rams 1984 Fraser Park FC 1961 Nepean FC 2011
Rockdale City Suns 1969 Marconi Stallions 1956 Hawkesbury City FC 1975 Prospect United 1970
Sutherland Sharks 1930 Mounties Wanderers 1978 Inter Lions 1983 University of NSW 1948
Sydney FC Youth 2008 Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1970 Rydalmere Lions 2014 Wagga City Wanderers
Sydney Olympic 1957 North Shore Mariners 1952 Southern Districts FA Western Condors 1983
Sydney United 1957 Northern Tigers 2002 Stanmore Hawks 1978 Central Coast United FC 2017
Wollongong Wolves 1980 Spirit FC 2004 St George FA 1924
St George FC 1961 Sydney University 1946
Western Sydney Wanderers Youth 2008 Western NSW Mariners

Associations and Branches[edit]

Former logo (2007–2015)

As one of two state governing body for football in New South Wales, Football NSW oversees all aspects of the sport within the southern part of the state. At a local level, Football NSW works with 16 regional-based constituent association members which oversee in all aspects of the sport within their respected region. Three Football NSW branches also exist in a similar capacity.[7]


Past League Winners[edit]

The sections below list previous league winners. League winners are listed as first place in the standings at the end of the regular section, not winners of the finals series (when held).


The first season of the newly formed Soccer NSW began with two divisions. Canterbury-Marrickville were the inaugural premiers of Division One.

No. Season Division One Division Two
1 1957 Canterbury-Marrickville Villawood
2 1958 Corrimal United Budapest (East),
Pan-Hellenic (West)


After two seasons, a third division was added.

No. Season Division One Division Two Division Three
3 1959 Sydney Prague Neerlandia Toongabbie
4 1960 Sydney Prague Pan-Hellenic Sydney Croatia
5 1961 Sydney Prague SSC Yugal Melita Eagles
6 1962 Budapest Croatia Sydney Cabramatta


Division Three disbanded to form lower grade Amateur Leagues.

No. Season Division One Division Two
7 1963 Prague Corinthian BESC
8 1964 A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Polonia-North Side
9 1965 South Coast United Corinthian BESC
10 1966 A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Polonia-North Side
11 1967 A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Manly Warringah
12 1968 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Auburn
13 1969 South Coast United Marconi Fairfield
14 1970 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Western Suburbs


Amateur Leagues/Inter suburban leagues reformed to create another Division Three.

No. Season Division One Division Two Division Three
15 1971 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Sutherland Shire Bankstown City FC
16 1972 St George-Budapest Granville Parramatta Rosebery Rhodes
17 1973 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Canterbury-Marrickville Riverside Rapid
18 1974 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Granville Parramatta Northern Districts
19 1975 A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Manly Warringah Toongabbie
20 1976 St George-Budapest Riverside Avala Ku-Ring-Gai


Another division was then added in 1977, creating four divisions.

No. Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four
21 1977 Croatia Sydney Melita Eagles Blacktown United Lane Cove United
22 1978 Croatia Sydney Ku-Ring-Gai Nepean Corinthian Baulkham Hills


The top four divisions were renamed for a few seasons.

No. Season State League Division One Division Two Division Three
23 1979 Croatia Sydney St George-Budapest Bathurst '75 North Bankstown
24 1980 Melita Eagles Marconi Fairfield Guildford County Liverpool Albion
25 1981 Croatia Sydney SSC Yugal Dee Why Swans Kingsford Hellenic
26 1982 Croatia Sydney Ku-Ring-Gai Artarmon Bondi Marine


State League reverted to Division One naming, while Division Three disbanded back to lower Inter Urban leagues, leaving three premier divisions.

No. Season Division One Division Two Division Three
27 1983 Melita Eagles Rockdale Ilinden Bathurst '75
28 1984 Inter Monaro Fairy Meadow SC Campbelltown City
29 1985 Canterbury-Marrickville Wollongong Macedonia Kingsford Hellenic
30 1986 Melita Eagles SSC Yugal Granville Chile
31 1987 Wollongong City Polonia Granville Chile
32 1988 Blacktown City Avala Dulwich Hill


Division Four was re-introduced.

No. Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four
33 1989 Melita Eagles Sydney Macedonia Roseberry Portugal Petersham Luisitanos
34 1990 Wollongong Macedonia Southern Districts FA Port Hacking-Greenisland Arncliffe
35 1991 Sutherland Sharks Waverley FC Lemnos Allstars Western District


Again the premier division was renamed, this time to the "Super League". Lower divisions were renamed accordingly from Division One.

No. Season Super League Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
36 1992 Avala Cyprus United Belmore Hercules Spanish Club
37 1993 Blacktown City FC Mt Druitt Town Rangers North Ryde St Johns Parks
38 1994 Bankstown City FC Macarthur Rams Southern Minotaurs University of NSW
39 1995 Manly Warringah Dolphins Belmore Hercules Penrith Panthers FC Greystanes
40 1996 Adamstown Rosebud (Stage 1),
Parramatta Eagles (Stage 2)
Sydney Cosmos Greystanes Gladesville United
41 1997 Parramatta Eagles Hurstville City Minotaurs AC United Glebe Wanderers
42 1998 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Fairfield Bulls Hadjuk Wanderers Sydney University
43 1999 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Manly Warringah Dolphins Fraser Park Dragons White City
44 2000 Blacktown City FC Fairfield Bulls Greystanes Prairiewood United


2000 saw another shake-up of the league structures. The Super League was brought forward to become a summer competition and be aligned with the National Soccer League (NSL). It was called the "Premier League". Division One was then changed to the "Winter Super League", starting and finishing in 2001. Divisions Two and Three were renamed States League 1 and 2 respectively, and were also conducted over the winter of 2001. During the demise of the NSL and rise of the A-League, the Premier League reverted to playing over winter for the 2006 season. This meant there was approximately nine months break between competitions.

No. Season Premier League Super League State League 1 State League 2
45 2000–01 Blacktown City FC Bankstown City FC Sydney University Western Sydney Lions
46 2001–02 Parramatta FC Rockdale City Suns Wanderers Cedars FC Bossy Liverpool
47 2002–03 Blacktown City FC Sydney Crescent Star Northern Tigers Camden Tigers
48 2003–04 Belconnen Blue Devils Manly Warringah Dolphins Nepean Association Inter Lions
49 2004–05 Bankstown City FC FC Bossy Liverpool Fairfield City Lions Springwood SSC
50 2006 Blacktown City FC Rockdale City Suns Mt Druitt Town Rangers University of NSW
51 2007 Blacktown City FC Northern Tigers Bankstown Berries Greenisland (North),
Hurstville City Minotaurs (South)
52 2008 Sutherland Sharks Bonnyrigg White Eagles Spirit FC Balmain Tigers (North),
Camden Tigers (South)
53 2009 Sydney United Rockdale City Suns Dulwich Hill FC Camden Tigers
54 2010 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Parramatta FC Hills Brumbies Fairfield Bulls
55 2011 Sydney Olympic Blacktown Spartans Mounties Wanderers Northbridge FC
56 2012 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Northern Tigers Gladesville Ryde Magic Hakoah Sydney City East FC


Another overhaul of the league structure occurred with the introduction of the nationwide National Premier Leagues. State Federations were required to name their premier leagues as such. For Football NSW, the meant the "Premier League" was to be called "National Premier Leagues NSW" instead. The "Super League" also had to follow suit, becoming the "National Premier Leagues NSW 2". State Leagues remained the same.

No. Season NPL NSW NPL NSW 2 State League 1 State League 2
57 2013 Sydney United St George Saints Balmain Tigers FC Stanmore Hawks
58 2014 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Parramatta FC Hakoah Sydney City East Hurstville FC
59 2015 Blacktown City FC Spirit FC North Shore Mariners Dunbar Rovers


Another minor change occurred for the 2016 season, with State League 1 adopting the "NPL NSW 3 moniker", thus State League 2 was reverted to simply State League.

No. Season NPL NSW NPL NSW 2 NPL NSW 3 State League
60 2016 Sydney United Sydney FC Youth Hills Brumbies St George FA
61 2017 APIA Leichhardt Tigers Marconi Stallions Rydalmere Lions Bankstown United
62 2018 Sydney Olympic Mt Druitt Town Rangers St George FA Central Coast United


  1. ^ a b "About". Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 21 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "1958 NSW Yearbook" (PDF). Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Timeline of Australian Football". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b Les Murray (9 July 2017). "The Revolution of 1957 and What the FFA Can Learn Today". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Hills Brumbies Club History". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Associations". Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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