National Premier Leagues Victoria 2

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National Premier Leagues Victoria 2
Country Australia
Founded 2014
Number of teams 20 (2 conferences)
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to NPL
Relegation to State League 1
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
Dockerty Cup
Current champions St Albans Saints SC(West)
Kingston City FC(East)
(2016)
2017 Season

The National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 is a regional Australian semi-professional soccer league comprising teams from Victoria. The league sits at Level 2 on the Victorian league system, behind the National Premier Leagues Victoria, (Level 3 of the overall Australian league system). The competition is administered by Football Federation Victoria, the governing body of the sport in the state.

Format[edit]

In 2014, the competition was a 14 team league.

As of the 2015 season, the league will be divided into 2 conferences, East and West, of 10 teams each. Each team plays home and away against teams in their conference and then plays just one game against each team in the opposite conference. The winner of each conference gains automatic promotion to the NPL Victoria while 2nd in both conferences will play off in a final; the winner to play the third last team in the NPL Victoria for entry into the top flight.

Clubs[edit]

The following 20 clubs will be competing in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 during the 2017 season:[1]

West[edit]

Club Location Grounds Capacity
Ballarat City Ballarat, Victoria Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility 6,000
Bendigo City Bendigo, Victoria Epsom Soccer Complex 10,000
Brunswick City West Brunswick CB Smith Reserve 1,000
Melbourne Victory Youth Melbourne, Victoria Epping Stadium 10,000
Moreland City Coburg, Victoria Campbell Reserve 2,000
Moreland Zebras Coburg, Victoria CB Smith Reserve 2,000
Northcote City Thornbury, Victoria John Cain Memorial Reserve 9,000
Sunshine George Cross Sunshine, Victoria Chaplin Reserve 5,000
Werribee City Werribee, Victoria Galvin Park Reserve 1,000
Whittlesea Ranges Epping, Victoria Epping Stadium 10,000

East[edit]

Club Location Grounds Capacity
Box Hill United Box Hill, Victoria Wembley Park 1,000
Dandenong City Dandenong, Victoria Frank Holohan Soccer Complex 1,000
Dandenong Thunder Dandenong, Victoria George Andrews Reserve 5,000
Eastern Lions Burwood, Victoria Gardiners Creek Reserve 1,500
Goulburn Valley Suns Shepparton, Victoria John McEwen Reserve 3,200
Melbourne City Youth Melbourne, Victoria La Trobe University Soccer Ground  ?
Murray United Wodonga, Victoria La Trobe University Soccer Ground N/A
Nunawading City Nunawading, Victoria Mahoney's Reserve 500
Richmond Richmond, Victoria Kevin Bartlett Reserve 5,000
Springvale White Eagles Springvale, Victoria Serbian Sports Centre 5,000

History[edit]

Avondale FC were the inaugural champions of the National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 division in 2014, while North Geelong finished the season as runners up with both sides earning promotion to the National Premier Leagues Victoria.

On 6 November 2014, Football Federation Victoria announced Melbourne City FC NPL and Melbourne Victory FC Youth would join the league in 2015. Eastern Lions SC, Murray United FC, Nunawading City FC and Moreland City FC all also joined the expanded competition for the 2015 season. FC Bulleen Lions and Richmond SC were the two clubs to achieve automatic promotion in the revamped league in 2015 by winning their respective conferences. Melbourne Victory joined them by beating NPL2 West runner up Moreland Zebras FC in the NPL2 preliminary promotion playoff, and then North Geelong in the promotion playoff, with North Geelong joining automatically relegated sides Werribee City FC and Dandenong Thunder SC in NPL2 for 2016.

In 2016, St Albans Saints SC and Kingston City FC won automatic promotion by winning their respective West and East conferences, while North Geelong immediately bounced back into the top-flight, beating Dandenong Thunder in the NPL2 playoff and Richmond in the NPL promotion-relegation playoff. Richmond, Melbourne Victory and Northcote City FC were the relegated sides from NPL, joining the NPL2 for 2017.

Past Winners[edit]

Year Competition Winner Points
2014 National Premier Leagues 2 Avondale Heights(1) 55
2015 National Premier Leagues 2 E:Richmond(1)

W:Bulleen Lions(1)

E:57

W:57

2016 National Premier Leagues 2 E:Kingston City(1)

W:St Albans Saints(1)

E:66

W:56

Notes:

E: East

W: West

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