Australian soccer league system

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A diagram showing the nine member federations of FFA, which each control their respective state-based competitions.

The Australian soccer league system is the league structure for soccer clubs in Australia. The league system in Australia since 1977 has involved one top divisional league controlled by Football Federation Australia and many leagues run within each state below.[1] The National Soccer League stood from 1977–2004 as the top nationwide tier above the current state-based league systems, in 2005, the A-League was established as its successor. The introduction of the National Premier Leagues in 2013 introduced a direct second tier of soccer in Australia, underpinning the A-League.[2] The National Premier Leagues incorporated the existing state leagues as divisions with a nationwide end of season finals series. In 2013, the National Premier Leagues rebranded 5 of the 9 top state leagues, and the remainder – with the exception of the Northern Territory – joined in 2014.[2] There is no promotion and relegation to and from the top-tier A-League, and promotion and relegation at other levels varies between different state systems.

A nation-wide second-tier league competition with the working title Australian Championship has been proposed, with a start date of the 2021/22 season.[3]

The table excludes parallel leagues such as the Y-League, which runs in conjunction with the A-League as a national youth developmental and reserve league, or the W-League. The women's soccer league system in Australia is similar to that of the men's.

Level Leagues
1 A-League
11 clubs (1 from New Zealand)
no relegation
2 National Premier Leagues
90 clubs (from 8 divisions)
Football Federation Northern Territory
10 clubs (from 2 divisions)
NPL ACT
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL Northern NSW
10 clubs
no promotion
no
relegation
NPL Queensland
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL SA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2
NPL Tasmania
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1.5
NPL Victoria
14 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 2.5
NPL WA
12 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NorZone Premier League
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Zone Premier League
4 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
3 NPL ACT 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
NPL NSW 2
14 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
NNSW State League 1
11 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Queensland Premier League
14 clubs
↑ promote 2
no relegation
SA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
Northern Championship
10 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
Southern Championship
10 clubs
↑ promote 0.75
no relegation
NPL Victoria 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 1
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1.5
NorZone All Age League
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
4 ACT State League 1
10 clubs
no promotion
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
7 districts
no promotion

Regional
10 districts
no promotion
SA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
Northern Championship One
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Southern Championship One
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
NPL Victoria 3
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
WA State League 2
12 clubs
↑ promote 1.5
↓ relegate 1
5 ACT State League 2
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
NPL NSW 4
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
No relegation
Regional
6 districts
no promotion
Southern League One
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 1 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
State League 1 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 2
Regional
12 districts
no promotion
6 ACT State League 3
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Regional
19 districts
no promotion
Southern League Two
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 2 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
State League 2 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2
7 ACT State League 4
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Southern League Three
8 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
State League 3 North-West
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2.25
State League 3 South-East
12 clubs
↑ promote 2
↓ relegate 2.25
8 ACT State League 5
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
Southern League Four
8 clubs
no promotion
↓ no relegation
SL 4 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
SL 4 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
SL 4 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
SL 4 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
↓ relegate 1
9 ACT State League 6
10 clubs
↑ promote 1
Southern League Five
10 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
SL 5 West
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
SL 5 North
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
SL 5 South
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
SL 5 East
12 clubs
↑ promote 1
no relegation
10 Southern League Six
6 clubs
no promotion
no relegation
Regional
10 districts
no promotion
no relegation

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Robinson. "Complete final season tables". elitetograssroots.net.
  2. ^ a b "National Premier Leagues". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  3. ^ Dale Lewis (3 June 2016). "FFA backs second division as clubs chase pathway to main stage". SBS The World Game. Retrieved 10 November 2019.

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