Tasmanian football championship
The Tasmanian association football championship describes the method of determining the best association football (soccer) club in Tasmania, Australia. The championship has been decided using three different formats; a statewide league, a playoff between Northern and Southern league Champions and lastly a statewide finals system with top teams from Northern and Southern leagues.
The Tasmanian Statewide League
The Tasmanian Statewide League was the highest state-level association football competition in Tasmania prior to being disbanded in 2000. Nationally, it was on par with Australia's other state leagues, below the National Soccer League. It was administered by the Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) (at the time named Soccer Tasmania), the state's governing body.
The State League began in 1978, and replaced the former system of Northern champions playing off against southern champions which had continued since 1910. The league was briefly suspended from 1982 until 1987, but then resumed for the next 12 years.
Resumption of Championship Playoff
In 2000, the State League ended, and the Southern and Northern Premier Leagues became the state's highest level of football competition. The state championship format reverted to two regional leagues determining a Southern and Northern champion, who then, at the end of the regular season, play-off for the state championship.
Statewide Finals System
In 2009 the series changed to an eight team knock out series played over three weeks involving the top four teams from each of the Northern and Southern Premier League.
A new eight-team statewide league, known as the NPL Tasmania, commenced in 2013. The Football Federation Tasmania announced a partnership with Melbourne Victory, with the new state league being branded the Victory League between 2012-2015. Since 2016 the league has been known as NPL Tasmania to conform with the branding of the other divisions in the National Premier Leagues.
The league forms a conference within the National Premier Leagues (NPL). The NPL Tasmania Champion enters a national play-off series at the conclusion of the regular season against the champions of other NPL conferences.
Statewide League Seasons
|1978||White Eagle||Glenorchy Croatia|
|1981||Brighton Caledonians||Launceston Juventus|
|1988||White Eagle||Hobart Olympia|
|1989||White Eagle||Hobart Juventus|
|1990||White Eagle||Hobart Juventus|
|1991||White Eagle||Hobart Juventus|
|1992||Devonport City||White Eagle|
|1993||Devonport City||White Eagle|
|1994||Devonport City||Launceston Juventus|
|1995||White Eagle||Launceston Juventus|
|1996||White Eagle||Devonport City|
|1997||New Town Eagles||Devonport City|
|1998||Devonport City||Glenorchy Knights|
Overall Tasmanian State Champions
Total Tasmanian Championships
|1. South Hobart||19|
|2. Hobart Zebras (Juventus)||10|
|3. Newtown Eagles (White Eagle)||8|
|3. Hobart Olympic (Olympia)||8|
|5. Sandy Bay||7|
|5. Kingborough Lions (Caledonians)||7|
|7. Glenorchy Knights (Croatia)||6|
|8. Devonport City||5|
|12. Launceston City FC (Launceston Juventus)||3|
|13. Paton & Baldwins||2|
|16. Hobart Athletic||1|
|16. Hobart Rangers||1|
|16. St. George||1|
|16. Clarence United||1|
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