State league (sport)

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In Australian football codes, the term state league is used to describe competition at a level below that of national leagues. Most of these competitions are based in a single state, and from this the term originates.


The Australian federation consists of six states and two territories. Historically the highest level of club-based sports were the various leagues based in each state and territory. The change to national leagues began in 1977 when the National Soccer League was formed with clubs in most capital cities. Australian football and rugby leagues followed suit during the 1980s when the Victorian and New South Welsh leagues began to admit clubs from other states.

State leagues by sport[edit]

Association football (soccer)[1][edit]

Australian rules football[2][edit]

Rugby league[3][edit]