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National Premier Leagues NSW
National Premier Leagues logo.png
Country Australia
Founded 2013
2000–2012 (as NSW Premier League)
1992–2000 (as Super League)
1983–1991 (as Division One)
1978–1982 (as Super League)
1956–1977 (as Division One)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Relegation to NPL NSW 2
Domestic cup(s) FFA Cup
Waratah Cup
Current premiers Blacktown City (2015)
2016 Football NSW season

The National Premier Leagues NSW a semi-professional soccer competitions in New South Wales, Australia, the other being the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW organised by Northern NSW Football. The league is a subdivision of the second tier National Premier Leagues (NPL), which sits below the national A-League. The competition is conducted by Football NSW, the organising body in New South Wales. Prior to becoming a subdivision of the NPL in 2013, the league was previously known as the NSW Premier League.

As of 2012, all matches have been filmed and a weekly highlights package has been made available online, while the Grand Final has been streamed live through Football NSW since 2013.



Since 1956, a top divisional New South Wales based league has been contested annually in various forms, with its early days remembered as Division One. The league, jointly with other state based leagues, were the highest tiers of soccer in Australia until the formation of a national league, the National Soccer League (NSL), in 1977. Prior to NSL, the Ampol Cup also ran concurrently as a state based cup competition. In 1977 Division One officially changed its name to NSW State League, however reverted to NSW Division One by 1983. The league continued to be contested throughout the winter months and included another name change in 1992 to the NSW Super League. During the 1980s and 1990s, Melita Eagles and Blacktown City FC were dominate in the league winning nine championships between them.


At the end of 2000, the top football divisions were revamped with the highest level of football being named the Premier League and being played over summer to align with the then top tier of football in Australia (NSL). The second highest NSW league was named the Winter Super League and played throughout 2001. The 2004–05 season saw the return of the New South Wales NSL giants in Sydney Olympic, Sydney United 58, Wollongong Wolves (now South Coast Wolves) and Marconi Stallions.[1] This was the result of another overhaul of the entire national league structure. The NSL was abolished and the A-League took its place at the top of the soccer hierarchy in Australia. As this competition significantly reduced the teams from New South Wales to just three (Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets) these clubs were forced to return to the state leagues. The NSW Premier League continued to be run over summer throughout this period but after the 2004–05 season reverted to a winter competition from 2006.

In 2008 the whole New South Wales men's, women's and youth competitions were reconstructed to align youth teams with their respective senior clubs along with women's teams.


In 2013 the FFA announced another re-structure, this time to tier 2 level of soccer in Australia. This saw the top league in each state be united under a single banner called the National Premier Leagues, with the NSW Premier League rebranded as the National Premier Leagues NSW.[2] Bonnyrigg White Eagles became the inaugural champions of this competition after defeating Rockdale City Suns 1–0 in the final. Sydney United 58 FC were crowned premiers after placing first in the standing at the end of the regular season, earning the right to compete in the inaugural National Premier Leagues Finals. Sydney United went on to win this tournament defeating Tasmanian side South Hobart FC 2–0 in the final. In 2014, premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles failed to reach the grand final and Blacktown City FC were crowned champions. They defeated Sydney Olympic 2–1 after extra time.

Name Changes[edit]

Seasons Title
1956–1977 Division 1
1978–1982 State League
1983–1991 NSW Division One
1992–2000 NSW Super League
2000–2012 NSW Premier League
2013–present National Premier Leagues NSW
Source: OzFootball

Competition format[edit]


There are 22 Rounds in total with each team playing each other twice; home and away.

NPL national finals[edit]

At the completion of the league series, the NPL NSW top of the table, joins the winners from the other NPL subdivisions in a national eight team finals series. The national final series consists of a three round knock-out series based on geographically close subdivision champions playing each other, culminating in a grand final.

NPL NSW finals[edit]

The top five sides at the end of the season compete in the Championship Series. The Championship Series consists of six games, whereby the five teams competing are whittled down to just two. The teams are seeded upon their entry into the Championship Series according to their final position on the ladder. The final two teams compete in the Grand Final, where a NSW Premier League Champion is decided.

  • First WeekPreliminary Semi-Final – 2nd vs 3rd + Elimination Semi-Final – 4th vs 5th
  • Second WeekMajor Semi-Final – 1st vs Winner PSF + Minor Semi-Final – Loser PSF vs Winner ESF
  • Third WeekPreliminary Final – Loser of MJF vs Winner of MNS
  • Final WeekGrand Final – Winner of MJF vs Winner of PF


The following 12 clubs are competing in the National Premier Leagues NSW for the 2016 season.

Club Location Grounds Capacity
APIA Leichhardt Tigers Leichhardt Lambert Park 7,000
Blacktown City Blacktown Lily Homes Stadium 7,500
Blacktown Spartans Rooty Hill Blacktown International Sportspark 2,000
Bonnyrigg White Eagles Bonnyrigg Bonnyrigg Sports Club 5,000
Hakoah Sydney City East Eastgardens Hensley Athletic Field 1,000
Manly United Dee Why Cromer Park 5,000
Parramatta Sefton Melita Stadium 10,000
Rockdale City Suns Rockdale Bicentennial Park South 5,000
South Coast Wolves Wollongong WIN Stadium 23,750
Sutherland Sharks Miranda Seymour Shaw Park 5,000
Sydney Olympic Belmore Belmore Sports Ground 25,000
Sydney United 58 Edensor Park Sydney United Sports Centre 12,000


Division One
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
1957 Auburn 4–3 Canterbury-Marrickville Canterbury-Marrickville Auburn
1958 Canterbury-Marrickville 2–1 Auburn Corrimal United Canterbury-Marrickville
1959 Prague 3–2 APIA Leichhardt Prague APIA Leichhardt
1960 Canterbury-Marrickville 5–2 Prague Prague APIA Leichhardt
1961 Hakoah 4–1 Canterbury-Marrickville Prague Canterbury-Marrickville
1962 Hakoah 4–2 Budapest Budapest Hakoah
1963 South Coast United 4–0 APIA Leichhardt Prague APIA Leichhardt
1964 APIA Leichhardt 7–2 St George-Budapest APIA Leichhardt St George-Budapest
1965 APIA Leichhardt 2–0 St George-Budapest APIA Leichhardt St George-Budapest
1966 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs 2–1 APIA Leichhardt South Coast United Hakoah Eastern Suburbs
1967 St George-Budapest 5–2 APIA Leichhardt APIA Leichhardt St George-Budapest
1968 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs 4–2 Pan-Hellenic Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Pan-Hellenic
1969 APIA Leichhardt 3–2 St George-Budapest South Coast United St George-Budapest
1970 Ryde 4–0 St George-Budapest Hakoah Eastern Suburbs St George-Budapest
1971 St George-Budapest 3–2 Western Suburbs Hakoah Eastern Suburbs St George-Budapest
1972 Marconi-Fairfield 1–0 St George-Budapest St George-Budapest Marconi-Fairfield
1973 Marconi-Fairfield 2–1 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Marconi-Fairfield
1974 St George-Budapest 4–2 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Eastern Suburbs APIA Leichhardt
1975 St George-Budapest 1–0 APIA Leichhardt APIA Leichhardt St George-Budapest
1976 APIA Leichhardt 1–0 St George-Budapest St George-Budapest APIA Leichhardt
1977 Croatia Sydney 2–0 Auburn Croatia Sydney APIA Leichhardt
1978 Sutherland Shire 1–1
2–1 (replay)
Croatia Sydney Croatia Sydney Sutherland Shire
State League
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
1979 Inter Monaro 2–1 Sutherland Shire Croatia Sydney Inter Monaro
1980 Sydney Olympic 4–0 Melita Eagles Melita Eagles Sydney Olympic
1981 St George-Budapest 1–0 Croatia Sydney Croatia Sydney St George-Budapest
1982 Croatia Sydney 2–1 Sutherland Shire Croatia Sydney Riverwood
NSW Division One
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
1983 Croatia Sydney 1–1 (a.e.t.)
0–0 (replay)
4–3 (pen.)
Melita Eagles Melita Eagles Croatia Sydney
1984 Rockdale Ilinden 3–2 Inter Monaro Inter Monaro Rockdale Ilinden
1985 Melita Eagles 4–0 Fairy Meadow Canterbury-Marrickville Olympic Fairy Meadow
1986 Sutherland Shire 2–1 Melita Eagles Melita Eagles Manly Warringah
1987 Wollongong City 2–1 Canberra City Wollongong City Canberra City
1988 Melita Eagles 0–0
7–6 (pen.)
Blacktown City Blacktown City Melita Eagles
1989 Melita Eagles 2–0 Canberra Croatia Melita Eagles Canberra Croatia
1990 Wollongong Macedonia 2–0 Canberra Croatia Wollongong Macedonia Canberra Croatia
1991 Blacktown City 3–0 Canberra Metro Sutherland Sharks Blacktown City
NSW Super League
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
1992 Avala 2–0 Blacktown City Avala Manly Warringah Dolphins
1993 Bankstown City 1–0 Blacktown City Blacktown City Bankstown City
1994 Bankstown City 3–1 Canterbury-Marrickville Bankstown City Canterbury-Marrickville
1995 Manly Warringah Dolphins 1–0 Blacktown City Manly Warringah Dolphins Blacktown City
1996 Parramatta Eagles 1–1
5–3 (pen.)
Adamstown Rosebud Adamstown Rosebud1
Parramatta Eagles2
Sutherland Sharks1, 2
1997 Parramatta Eagles 3–1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Parramatta Eagles APIA Leichhardt
1998 Blacktown City 1–0 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Bonnyrigg White Eagles Blacktown City
1999 Blacktown City 5–1 Parramatta Eagles Bonnyrigg White Eagles Blacktown City
2000 Blacktown City 2–1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Blacktown City Bonnyrigg White Eagles
NSW Premier League
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
2000–01 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3–1 Blacktown City Demons Blacktown City Demons Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
2001–02 Parramatta Eagles 1–0 Blacktown City Demons Parramatta Eagles Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
2002–03 APIA Leichhardt Tigers 3–1 Blacktown City Demons Blacktown City Demons APIA Tigers
2003–04 Bankstown City Lions 2–0 Belconnen Blue Devils Belconnen Blue Devils St. George Saints
2004–05 Bankstown City Lions 3–1 Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC Bankstown City Lions FC Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC
2006 Sydney United 4–0 Blacktown City Demons FC Blacktown City Demons FC Bankstown City Lions FC
2007 Blacktown City Demons 3–1 Bankstown City Lions FC Blacktown City Demons Bankstown City Lions FC
2008 Wollongong FC 4–2 Sutherland Sharks FC Sutherland Sharks Sutherland Sharks FC
2009 Sutherland Sharks FC 4–1 Marconi Stallions Sydney United Marconi Stallions FC
2010 Blacktown City FC 1–0 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Bonnyrigg White Eagles Blacktown City Demons FC
2011 Sydney Olympic 2–0 Sydney United Sydney Olympic Sydney United FC
2012 Marconi Stallions 2–0 Bonnyrigg White Eagles Bonnyrigg White Eagles Sydney Olympic FC
National Premier Leagues NSW
Season Champions Score Finalists Premiers Runners-Up
2013 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1–0 Rockdale City Suns Sydney United 58 FC Sutherland Sharks FC
2014 Blacktown City 2–1 Sydney Olympic Bonnyrigg White Eagles Blacktown Spartans
2015 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2–0 Blacktown City Blacktown City APIA Leichhardt Tigers

Source: SoccerAust

1 1996 season divided into two stages. Stage 1: Premiers (Adamstown), Runners-Up (Sutherland)
2 1996 season divided into two stages. Stage 2: Premiers (Parramatta), Runners-Up (Sutherland)


All-time honour board
This list includes all champions and premiers since the inaugural league of 1957. Grand finals have occurred during all seasons of the league over this time. As the 1996 season was split into two stages there was no official premier for the season. In total, there have been 58 champions and 57 premiers.
Teams in bold compete in the National Premier Leagues NSW as of 2015 season.

Club Regular season premierships Finals series championships
Premiers Winning seasons Champions Winning Grand finals
Blacktown City 8 1988, 1993, 2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2007, 2015 7 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2010, 2014
Sydney United 58 7 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 2009, 2013 4 1977, 1982, 1983, 2006
Parramatta FC 6 1980, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1997, 2001–02 6 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, 2002
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 6 1992, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2012, 2014 4 1992, 2001, 2013, 2015
Hakoah Sydney City East FC 5 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974 4 1961, 1962, 1966, 1968
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 4 1964, 1965, 1967, 1975 5 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 2003
Prague 4 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963 1 1959
St George FC 3 1962, 1972, 1976 5 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1981
Safeway United 3 1958, 1966, 1969 1 1963
Canterbury-Marrickville 2 1957, 1985 2 1958, 1960
Bankstown City Lions 2 1994, 2004–05 4 1993, 1994, 2004, 2005
Sutherland Sharks 2 1991, 2008 3 1978, 1986, 2009
South Coast Wolves 1 1987 2 1987, 2008
Sydney Olympic 1 2011 2 1980, 2011
Manly United 1 1995 1 1995
Inter Monaro 1 1984 1 1979
Wollongong United 1 1990 1 1990
Belconnen Blue Devils 1 2003–04
Marconi Stallions 3 1972, 1973, 2012
Auburn 1 1957
Rockdale City Suns 1 1984
Ryde 1 1970


  1. ^ "2004/05 Premier League Season Review". 
  2. ^ "FFA launches National Premier Leagues". Football Federation Australia. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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