T-League

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T-League
Victory League logo.png
Country Australia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2012
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) Milan Lakoseljac Cup
FFA Cup
Website The Victory League
2015 Football Federation Tasmania season

The T-League (known as the Victory League for sponsorship reasons) 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. Football Federation Tasmania have expressed an interest in a possible future promotion/relegation between the T-League and regional premierships 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.

History[edit]

The league was formed in 2012 by Football Federation Tasmania and the first season commenced in 2013.

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. The winner of the local finals series is awarded the Victory Cup. In 2013 and 2014 the top four teams played off for the Victory Cup. In 2015 the Victory Cup finals series has been expanded to include the top six T-League teams as well as the champions of the Northern Championship and Southern Championship.

Sponsorship[edit]

The official sponsor for the league is A-League club Melbourne Victory.[3] Tasmanian Redline is the official sponsor for transport.[4] In 2015 the League is also included as part of Sony PlayStation 4 sponsorship of the National Premier Leagues.

Apparel provider[edit]

  • 2013 - Pelada
  • 2014 - Jemsz

Clubs[edit]

Club Location Ground Capacity
Devonport City Devonport Valley Road
Glenorchy Knights Glenorchy KGV Park 4,000
Hobart Zebras Glenorchy KGV Park 4,000
Kingborough Lions United Kingston Lightwood Park 1,000
Launceston City Prospect Mitsubishi Park 1,000
Northern Rangers Launceston NTCA Sports Complex 1,000
Olympia Warrane Warrior Park
South Hobart South Hobart South Hobart Ground 1,500

License allocation[edit]

The initial clubs were awarded licenses 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 T-League were offered licenses 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.[5] Riverside Olympic, University, Clarence and New Town Eagles also applied for the two positions in addition to Glenorchy and Launceston City.[6] In August 2015 it was announced that Clarence United and Launceston City had been awarded the available licenses between 2016–18, meaning that Glenorchy Knights will return to lower leagues starting in 2016.[7]

Champions[edit]

Season Victory League Victory Cup National Premier Leagues Finals representation
Winner Runner-up Winner Runner-up
2013 South Hobart Devonport City South Hobart Devonport City South Hobart - Runners-up
2014 South Hobart (2) Hobart Zebras South Hobart (2) Northern Rangers South Hobart - Quarter Finalist
2015 Olympia Warriors South Hobart Olympia Warriors - TBC

Records[edit]

All time table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Goals +/- Points 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1 South Hobart 63 51 4 8 241 70 171 157 2 1
2 Hobart Zebras 63 38 13 12 188 85 103 127 1 2
3 Olympia Warriors 63 38 11 17 159 93 66 123 1 1 1
4 Northern Rangers 63 26 15 21 170 124 46 94 2
5 Devonport City 63 28 7 28 159 138 21 91 1
6 Kingsborough Lions 63 18 8 37 112 199 -87 62
7 Launceston City 63 10 5 48 82 254 -172 35
8 Glenorchy Knights 63 9 6 48 73 270 -97 33

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2013 Brayden Mann South Hobart 26
2014 Brayden Mann South Hobart 31
2015 Brayden Mann South Hobart 29

References[edit]