National Premier Leagues Tasmania

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National Premier Leagues Tasmania
Country Australia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2012
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Milan Lakoseljac Cup
FFA Cup
Website NPL Tasmania
2016 Football Federation Tasmania season

The National Premier Leagues Tasmania is an Australian football (soccer) league covering all regions of Tasmania. The league is a subdivision of the National Premier Leagues and commenced in 2013 with eight teams.[1][2] Nationally the league sits below the A-League and above the Tasmanian regional championship competitions, although no promotion or relegation exists between any of these leagues.

History[edit]

Further information: Tasmanian football championship

Prior to the NPL Tasmania the previous statewide league encompassing teams from all-over Tasmania had not taken place since 1999. The highest level of soccer being played in Tasmania was in two regional leagues in the North and South of the state.

The league was formed in 2012 by Football Federation Tasmania and the first season commenced in 2013. FFT referred to the league as the T-League during planning prior to the establishment of the league. Between 2012-2014 the league was known as the Victory League due to sponsorship by A-League club Melbourne Victory. In 2015 the league was officially known as the PS4 Victory League also for sponsorship reasons. In 2016 the league changed names again to National Premier Leagues Tasmania in line with other divisions within the NPL.

Logo used between 2012-2014

Format[edit]

The league consists of eight clubs geographically spread throughout Tasmania. Every club plays each other three times: Home and Away with a third game Home or Away for a total of 27 games each per season. The team on top of the table is considered the league champion and qualifies to play in the National Premier Leagues finals series against the champions of the other states.

The top teams in the league also qualify for a Tasmanian end of season finals series. Between 2013-15 the winner of the local finals series was awarded the Victory Cup. In 2013 and 2014 the top four teams participated in the finals series. In 2015 the finals series has been expanded to include the top six teams in the league as well as the champions of the Northern Championship and Southern Championship. In 2016 the end of season finals series cup was renamed the League Cup due to lapsing sponsorship arrangements.[3]

While currently no promotion/relegation exists to the NPL Tasmania, Football Federation Tasmania have expressed an interest in a possible future promotion/relegation between NPL Tasmania and regional championships in a similar manner to the current English Conference National competition with supporters suggesting a simple system of replacing the lowest Northern or Southern based clubs with the winner of the corresponding Northern Championship and Southern Championship.

Sponsorship[edit]

The official sponsor for the league between 2013-2015 was A-League club Melbourne Victory.[4] Tasmanian Redline is the official sponsor for transport.[5] In 2015 the League is also included as part of Sony PlayStation 4 sponsorship of the National Premier Leagues.

In 2013 and 2014 the League had centralised apparel providers to all teams being Pelada and Jemsz respectively. From 2015 onwards apparel arrangements have been made individually by participating clubs.

Clubs[edit]

2016 Clubs[edit]

Club Location Ground Capacity Years in League
Clarence United Clarence Wentworth Park 2016 -
Devonport City Devonport Valley Road 2013 -
Hobart Zebras Glenorchy KGV Park 4,000 2013 -
Kingborough Lions United Kingston Lightwood Park 1,000 2013 -
Launceston City Prospect Mitsubishi Park 1,000 2013 -
Northern Rangers Launceston NTCA Sports Complex 1,000 2013 -
Olympia Warrane Warrior Park 1,000 2013 -
South Hobart South Hobart South Hobart Ground 4,500 2013 -

Previous Clubs[edit]

Club Location Ground Capacity Years in League Current Status
Glenorchy Knights Glenorchy KGV Park 4,000 2013 - 2015 Southern Championship

Licence allocation[edit]

The initial clubs were awarded licences for league membership for three season between 2013-2015. In 2015 the FFT Board analysed the clubs on and off pitch. Based on this analysis six of the eight clubs in the NPL Tasmania were offered licences for an additional three seasons between 2016-2018. Glenorchy Knights and Launceston City were required to reapply for membership and compete with other clubs for the final two positions in the league in 2016.[6] Riverside Olympic, University, Clarence and New Town Eagles also applied for the two positions in addition to Glenorchy and Launceston City.[7] In August 2015 it was announced that Clarence United and Launceston City had been awarded the available licences between 2016–18, meaning that Glenorchy Knights will return to lower leagues starting in 2016.[8]

Champions[edit]

Season League Final Series National Premier Leagues
Finals representation
Name of League Winner Runner-up Name of Finals Cup Winner Runner-up
2013 Victory League South Hobart Devonport City Victory Cup South Hobart Devonport City South Hobart - Runners-up
2014 Victory League South Hobart Hobart Zebras Victory Cup South Hobart Northern Rangers South Hobart - Quarter Finalist
2015 PS4 Victory League Olympia Warriors South Hobart Victory Cup Olympia Warriors Hobart Zebras Olympia Warriors - Semi Finalist
2016 PlayStation 4 NPL Tasmania Devonport City Hobart Zebras League Cup Devonport City - TBD

Records[edit]

All time table[edit]

As of the end of the 2016 season

Position Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Goals +/- Points 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1 South Hobart 84 65 7 11 327 91 +237 206 2 1 1
2 Hobart Zebras 84 54 16 15 250 112 +138 177 2 2
3 Olympia Warriors 84 47 9 28 236 130 +106 150 1 1 2
4 Devonport City 84 47 8 29 220 152 +68 149 1 1
5 Northern Rangers 84 27 19 37 190 187 +4 100 2
6 Kingsborough Lions 84 24 11 49 143 245 -102 83
7 Launceston City 84 17 7 60 99 310 -211 58
8 Glenorchy Knights 63 9 6 48 73 270 -197 33
9 Clarence United 21 3 2 16 23 71 -50 11

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2013 Brayden Mann Devonport City 26
2014 Brayden Mann South Hobart 31
2015 Brayden Mann South Hobart 29
2016 Brayden Mann Devonport City 24

References[edit]