Southern Championship

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Southern Championship
Southern Championship Logo.png
Founded 1900
Country Australia
Number of teams 9
Level on pyramid 3
Relegation to Southern League 1
Domestic cup(s) Milan Lakoseljac Cup
Current champions Glenorchy Knights
2016 Football Federation Tasmania season

The Southern Championship is an association football league in Southern Tasmania. It is jointly with the Northern Championship, the second highest level soccer competition in Tasmania. Nationally, it sits below the A-League and NPL Tasmania. It is controlled by the Football Federation Tasmania (FFT).

Prior to the 2015 season it was known as the Southern Premier League and for sponsorship reasons as the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League Between 2001-2012 the Southern and Northern Premier Leagues were jointly the state's highest level of soccer competition (but still nationally below the NSL and A-League). During this period the two regional leagues determined a southern and northern champion, who then had a play-off for the state championship.

Current Clubs (2016)[edit]

Team Coach Home Ground Location
Glenorchy Knights Franco Previdi KGV Park Glenorchy
Nelson Marcello Marchiolli North Warrane Warrane
Metro Chris Murray North Chigwell Claremont
Hobart United unknown Gunns Oval Pontville
Southern FC Micheal Trotter Sherburd Park Blackmans Bay
Taroona Andrew Tye Kelveden Park Taroona
New Town Eagles Andrew Leszczynski Clare Street New Town
Beachside unknown Sandown Park Sandy Bay
University of Tasmania Jake Undy Olinda Grove Mount Nelson


Total Southern Championships[edit]

1. South Hobart 20
2. Hobart Zebras (Juventus) 9
2. University 9
4. Glenorchy Knights (Croatia) 8
5. Hobart Olympic (Olympia) 7
5. Sandy Bay 7
5. Kingborough Lions (Caledonians) 7
8. Metro 5
8. New Town Eagles (White Eagles) 5
10. Rapid 4
10. Cascades 4
12. Hobart Athletic 3
13. Corinthians 2
13. Trinity 2
13. Clarence United FC (Phoenix) 2
16. Hobart Rangers 1
16. St. George 1
16. Westralia 1
16. Taroona SC 1
16. Gunners 1
16. Beachside FC 1

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Over its history, the format of promotion and relegation has varied. There is currently no promotion to the NPL Tasmania and no relegation to the Southern League One.

Previous relegation formats[edit]

Between 2006 and 2012 there was no promotion to a higher league, as it was the highest league in Tasmania (equally high as the Northern Tasmanian Premier League). In this period, promotion and relegation occurred to the Southern League One. The bottom-finishing club in the Premier League was relegated to Southern League One the following year and was replaced by the top-finishing club from League One.

Prior to 2006, at the conclusion of each season the bottom Premier League Club had a home and away play-off against the highest-placed League One Club to determine who would play in the Southern Tasmanian Premier League for the following season. As League One previously contained a mix of independent clubs and reserve teams from Premier League clubs (although currently has only independent clubs), the play-off only occurred if an independent club finished top of League One. If a Premier League Club's reserve team finished highest, then the bottom-placed Premier League club stayed in the league the following season.

Season Relegated club(s) (in League One the following season) Promoted from League One (in Premier League the following season)
2005 Hobart United
2006 Hobart United
2008 Metro
2009 University Taroona
2010 Taroona SC Beachside
2011 Beachside University

Individual awards[edit]

The Vic Tuting Medal is presented to the best and fairest player at the end of the season.[1]

Season Winner Club
2008 Ben Crosswell Tilford Zebras
2009 Josh Fielding Glenorchy Knights
2010 Josh Fielding Glenorchy Knights
2011 Jonathon Ladic Tilford Zebras
2012 Shae Hickey South Hobart
2013 Miles Barnard University
2014 Luke Huigsloot University
2015 Luke Huigsloot University
2016 Tom Young Taroona

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