List of NSL champions

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This is a list of National Soccer League (NSL) champions. The NSL was the elite football (soccer) competition in Australia from 1977 until 2004,[1] when the competition was scrapped and replaced in 2005 by the fully professional A-League.[2]

National Soccer League Champions[edit]

From 1977 until 1983, the winner was the top placed team at the end of the season. From 1984 until 1986, the competition was split into two conferences, with playoffs to decide two grand finalists who met over two legs. In 1987 the system reverted to the pre 1984 system. From 1988 until the demise of the league in 2004, various playoff systems were used to decide the champion.

Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance Joe Marston Medal
1977 - Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (1) By Table Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions - - -
1978 - Sydney Olympic colours.PNG West Adelaide (1) By Table Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City - - -
1979 - Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions (1) By Table Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United - - -
1980 - Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (2) By Table Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United - - -
1981 - Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (3) By Table Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne - - -
1982 - Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (4) By Table St George Colours.png St George - - -
1983 - St George Colours.png St George (1) By Table Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City - - -
1984 24 October 1984 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (1) 2–1 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Olympic Park, Melbourne (1) 10,000 -
28 October 1984 1–2 St. George Stadium, Sydney (1) 11,221
1985 4 September 1985 Adelaide City Colours.png Brunswick Juventus (1) 0–1 Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City St. George Stadium, Sydney (2) 2,491 -
8 September 1985 1–0 Olympic Park, Melbourne (2) 7,560
1986 12 October 1986 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (1) 0–1 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (1) 12,232 -
19 October 1986 3–1 Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (1) 14,032
1987 - Sydney Tigers colours.PNG APIA Leichhardt (1) By Table SydneyWanderersColours.png Preston Lions - - -
1988 4 September 1988 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions (2) 2–2 (5-4 Penalties) Sydney United colours.PNG Sydney United Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (2) 17,064 -
1989 13 August 1989 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions (3) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (3) 23,387 -
1989–90 20 May 1990 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic (1) 2–0 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (4) 26,353 Australia Abbas Saad (Sydney Olympic)
1990–91 5 May 1991 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (2) 1–1 (5-4 Penalties) Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights Olympic Park, Melbourne (3) 21,338 Croatia Josip Biskic (Melbourne Knights)
1991–92 3 May 1992 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (2) 0–0 (4-2 Penalties) Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights Olympic Park, Melbourne (4) 15,463 Australia Alex Tobin (Adelaide City)
1992–93 16 May 1993 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions (4) 1–0 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (5) 13,376 Australia Milan Ivanovic (Adelaide City)
1993–94 1 May 1994 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (3) 1–0 Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights Olympic Park, Melbourne (5) 13,790 Australia Alex Tobin (Adelaide City)
1994–95 7 May 1995 Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights (1) 2–0 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (2) 15,573 Australia Steve Horvat (Melbourne Knights)
1995–96 26 May 1996 Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights (2) 2–1 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Olympic Park, Melbourne (6) 14,258 Australia Andrew Marth (Melbourne Knights)
1996–97 25 May 1997 Brisbane Strikers Colours.png Brisbane Strikers (1) 2–0 Sydney United colours.PNG Sydney United Lang Park, Brisbane (1) 40,446 Australia Alan Hunter (Brisbane Strikers)
1997–98 16 May 1998 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (3) 2–1 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Carlton S.C. Olympic Park, Melbourne (7) 16,000 Australia Fausto De Amicis (South Melbourne)
1998–99 30 May 1999 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (4) 3–2 Sydney United colours.PNG Sydney United Olympic Park, Melbourne (8) 15,194 Australia Goran Lozanovski (South Melbourne)
1999–2000 11 June 2000 MelbourneHeartColours.png Wollongong Wolves (1) 3–3 (7-6 Penalties) PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Subiaco Oval, Perth (1) 43,242 Australia Scott Chipperfield (Wollongong Wolves)
2000–01 3 June 2001 MelbourneHeartColours.png Wollongong Wolves (2) 2–1 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (6) 13,402 Australia Matthew Horsley (Wollongong Wolves)
2001–02 12 May 2002 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic (2) 1–0 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Subiaco Oval, Perth (2) 42,735 Australia Ante Milicic (Sydney Olympic)
2002–03 1 June 2003 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory (1) 2–0 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Subiaco Oval, Perth (3) 38,111 Australia Simon Colosimo (Perth Glory)
2003–04 4 April 2004 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory (2) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Parramatta Power Colours.png Parramatta Power Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (7) 9,630 Australia Ahmad Elrich (Parramatta Power)

The numbers in brackets indicate the number of championships won by a team, or the number of Grand Finals held in a city.

Playoff Series Champions[edit]

From 1977-1983 and 1987, the top placed team at the end of the regular season was declared champion. However a compromise format was devised between the traditional first past the post system and the Australian system of finals. A Playoff series was conducted in these years except for the 1977,1981 & 1983 seasons, however the winner of the Playoff Series didn't become champion of the NSL.

Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance
1978 17 September 1978 Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (1) 4–2 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney (1) 9,136
1979 28 October 1979
4 November 1979
Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (2) 1–0
1–1
Marconi Stallions Colours.png Brisbane City Wentworth Park, Sydney (1)
Perry Park, Brisbane (1)
2,532
4,200
1980 26 October 1980 Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United (1) 4–0 Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City Canberra Stadium, Canberra (1) 11,126
1982 3 October 1982 St George Colours.png St George (1) 3–1 Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City Penrith Stadium, Sydney (1) 6,495
1987 1 November 1987 St George Colours.png St George (2) 4–0 Sydney Tigers colours.PNG APIA Leichhardt Parramatta Stadium, Sydney (1) 6,961

The numbers in brackets indicate the number of playoff series won by a team, or the number of Grand Finals held in a city.

NSL Cup Winners[edit]

The NSL also held a cup competition, which was held initially during the regular season, before gradually becoming a pre-season warm-up tournament. It was discontinued after season 1996/97.

Season Cup Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location Cup Final Attendance
1977 9 October 1977 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Brisbane City (1) 1–1 (5-3 Penalties) Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Perry Park, Brisbane (1) 9,000
1978 8 October 1978 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Brisbane City (2) 2–1 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City Perry Park, Brisbane (2) 6,964
1979 30 September 1979 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (1) 3–1 St George Colours.png St George Olympic Sports Field, Adelaide (1) 9,554
1980 5 October 1980
15 October 1980
Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions (1) 0–0 (a.e.t.)
3–0 (Replay)
Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (1)
Marconi Stadium, Sydney (1)
7,000
5,000
1981 20 September 1981 Queensland Lions Colours.png Brisbane Lions (1) 3–1 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG West Adelaide Canberra Stadium, Canberra (1) 8,132
1982 12 September 1982 Sydney Tigers colours.PNG APIA Leichhardt (2) 2–1 Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (2) 7,000
1983 6 November 1983
13 November 1983
Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic (1) 1–0
1–0
Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United St. George Stadium, Sydney (1)
Olympic Park, Melbourne (3)
9,420
6,000
1984 13 September 1984 Newcastle Rosebud United Colours.png Newcastle Rosebud United (1) 1–0 Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights Olympic Park, Melbourne (4) 5,000
1985 11 August 1985 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic (2) 2–1 AdelaideUnitedColours.png Preston Lions St. George Stadium, Sydney (2) 11,187
1986 17 September 1986 Sydney City Colours.png Sydney City (1) 3–2 (a.e.t.) Sydney Olympic colours.PNG West Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (1) 5,200
1987 14 October 1987
18 October 1987
Sydney United colours.PNG Sydney United (1) 1–0
1–0
Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne St. George Stadium, Sydney (3)
Olympic Park, Melbourne (5)
5,845
6,000
1988 14 August 1988 Sydney Tigers colours.PNG APIA Leichhardt (2) 0–0 (5–3 Penalties) Adelaide City Colours.png Brunswick Juventus Marconi Stadium, Sydney (2) 5,200
1989 20 August 1989 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (2) 2–0 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (2) 10,000
1989–90 25 April 1990 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (1) 4–1 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG Sydney Olympic Olympic Park, Melbourne (6) 7,000
1990–91 7 April 1991 MelbourneHeartColours.png Parramatta Eagles (1) 1–0 AdelaideUnitedColours.png Preston Lions Marconi Stadium, Sydney (3) 8,749
1991–92 7 April 1992 Adelaide City Colours.png Adelaide City (3) 2–1 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (3) 6,500
1992–93 18 April 1993 Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United (1) 2–0 MelbourneHeartColours.png Parramatta Eagles Marconi Stadium, Sydney (4) 4,596
1993–94 17 October 1993 MelbourneHeartColours.png Parramatta Eagles (2) 2–0 Sydney United colours.PNG Sydney United Marconi Stadium, Sydney (5) 5,156
1994–95 16 October 1994 Sydney United colours.PNG Melbourne Knights (1) 6–0 Heidelberg United Colours.png Heidelberg United Olympic Park, Melbourne (7) 6,000
1995–96 27 January 1996 Sydney Olympic colours.PNG South Melbourne (2) 3–1 Newcastle Breakers Colours.png Newcastle Breakers Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne (1) 5,000
1996–97 6 October 1996 Adelaide City Colours.png Collingwood Warriors (1) 1–0 Marconi Stallions Colours.png Marconi Stallions Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne (2) 2,327

The numbers in brackets indicate the number of cups won by a team, or the number of Cup Finals held in a city.

National Youth League[edit]

The NSL also had a national youth competition, consisting of a variety teams, both from within and outside of the NSL's membership. The competition began in 1984, and was ended at the same time as the NSL, in 2004.

Year Champion Runner up Score Venue
1984 South Melbourne Hellas Melita Eagles 3–2
1985 Sydney City Heidelberg Alexander 3-0
1986 Australian Institute of Sport Sunshine George Cross 3–0
1987 Sydney Olympic Sunshine George Cross 1-0
1988 Marconi Sunshine George Cross 2-1
1989 Sunshine George Cross Marconi 3–2
1989/1990 Melbourne Croatia APIA Leichhardt 2–1
1990/1991 South Melbourne Sydney Olympic 3–2
1991/1992 Sydney Croatia South Melbourne 3–1
1992/1993 West Adelaide Australian Institute of Sport 1–0
1993/1994 South Melbourne Sydney United 2–0
1994/1995 Sydney United Melbourne Knights 1-0
1995/1996 Marconi Stallions West Adelaide 3–1
1996/1997 Melbourne Knights Sydney United 1–0
1997/1998 Australian Institute of Sport Adelaide City 4-1
1998/1999 Australian Institute of Sport Adelaide City 8–1 Knights Stadium
1999/2000 Carlton Parramatta Power 1-0
2000/2001 Melbourne Knights Marconi Stallions 3–2
2001/2002 Parramatta Power Melbourne Knights 2-0
2002/2003 Parramatta Power Whittlesea Stallions 6-2
2003/2004 Canberra Deakin South Melbourne 2–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/NSL/NSL.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/museum/index.php/en/timeline/178-timeline-of-australian-football-1951-2009

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