Football Victoria Announces New 2020 NPL Structures

Football Victoria (FV) today unveiled its new NPL Victoria structures for the upcoming 2020 season.

For the first time, the 2020 season will see the implementation of an NPL 3 competition, which results in league structure alterations across the NPL men’s competitions.

FV CEO Peter Filopoulos said the new NPL Victoria structures would ensure the best teams went head to head on a weekly basis across all competitions. He said it was a fairer and more streamlined way to run Victoria’s top-tiers of football.

“These new structures are the result of a lot of consultation, deep thought and a very thorough review of the many options available to us. The application process was also very extensive, and we were thrilled with the overall quality of the club applications we received,” Mr Filopoulos said.

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE (NPL) VICTORIA MEN'S PREMIER COMPETITION

The top-tier NPL Victoria competition remains with 14 teams, as in 2019. However, season 2020 will no longer stage a playoff match, meaning that the top two teams in NPL 2 will be automatically promoted into the premier NPL competition. Equally, the bottom two teams of the NPL will be directly relegated into the NPL 2 competition.

In accordance with the 2019 NPL Rules of Competition, FV has applied the promotion and relegation policy to its full effect. The following positional changes have now been made in the NPL 1 men’s competition.

Promoted Clubs

Relegated Clubs to NPL 2

Eastern Lions SC

Pascoe Vale FC

St. Albans Saints SC

Kingston City FC

 

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE (NPL) VICTORIA MEN'S 2 & 3 LEAGUE STRUCTURES

In 2020, the NPL 2 & NPL 3 competitions will comprise 12 clubs in each respective tier. The top six ladder positions from the NPL 2 (West) and top six ladder positions from the NPL 2 (East) will form the second-tier competition in NPL 2.

The bottom four ladder positions from the NPL 2 (West) and bottom four ladder positions from the NPL 2 (East), along with the top two teams from Men’s State League 1 (North West) and top two teams from Men’s State League 1 (South East), will form the new NPL 3 competition.

Promoted / Relegated / Current Clubs to NPL 2 from NPL 2 – West

Promoted / Relegated /Current Clubs to NPL 2 from NPL 2 – East

Moreland Zebras FC

FC Bulleen Lions

Werribee City FC

Northcote City FC

Moreland City FC

Langwarrin SC

North Geelong FC

Manningham United FC

Brunswick City SC

Goulburn Valley FC

Pascoe Vale FC (Relegated into NPL2)

Kingston City FC (Relegated into NPL2)

 

Promoted / Relegated Clubs to NPL 3 from NPL 2 – West

Promoted / Relegated Clubs to NPL 3 from NPL 2 – East

Geelong SC

Melbourne City FC

Whittlesea Ranges FC

Murray United FC

Melbourne Victory FC

Box Hill United SC

Ballarat City FC

Springvale White Eagles FC

Preston Lions FC (Promoted into NPL 3)

Nunawading City FC (Promoted into NPL 3)

North Sunshine Eagles SC (Promoted into NPL 3)

Doveton SC (Promoted into NPL 3)

 

Promoted Clubs to NPL 3 from MSL 1 – North West

Promoted Clubs to NPL 3 from MSL 1 – South East

Preston Lions FC

Nunawading City FC

North Sunshine SC

Doveton SC

 

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE VICTORIA (NPLW) WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ LEAGUE STRUCTURES

Following the recent NPLW licence audit process, Southern United FC and Galaxy United FC will not compete in the NPLW senior women’s and Under 19 competition in 2020.  Both clubs will continue to participate in Victorian senior football next year. As a result, the NPLW Senior Women’s and Under 19 competitions will comprise eight teams.

The following positional changes have been made in NPL W and Under 19 competitions:

Promoted Clubs

Continued Participation in 2020

N/A

Galaxy United FC

N/A

Southern United FC

 

The junior girls’ structure remains unchanged with 10 teams. NTC will field all teams except for an Under 12 team.

Further changes are expected to be implemented post the 2020 season. FV’s recently released Football Competition Review: Women and Girls’ report can be accessed here.

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE VICTORIA (NPL) JUNIOR BOYS’ LEAGUE STRUCTURE

After an extensive review of FV Men’s and Boys’ football competitions, including the awarding of 13 new licences to existing community clubs, the Junior Boys’ NPL has now been decoupled from the senior NPL for the purpose of promotion and relegation.

The new structures follow an extensive review and application process, aimed at ensuring a new era with 48 clubs involved in Victoria’s Junior Boys’ NPL competition.

Junior Boys’ NPL teams will take part in the pre-qualification phase in their geographical zones on the weekend of February 9, 2020.

In season 2020, the Junior Boys’ NPL will include U13, U14, U15 & U16 teams only. The current NPL U12s will be included in the existing FV U12 community competitions.

Clubs in the zones below (see diagram) will compete in an 11-round pre-qualification phase in their allocated regions. At the completion of this phase, the clubs will be allocated to a three-tier competition.

 JUNIOR BOYS’ NPL VICTORIA LEAGUE ALLOCATIONS & STRUCTURES

JBNPL

Northern League

JBNPL

Western League

JBNPL

Southern League

JBNPL

Eastern League

Brunswick City SC

Altona Magic SC

Bentleigh Greens SC

Ashburton United SC

Eltham Redbacks FC

Avondale FC

Berwick City SC

Box Hill United SC

Essendon Royals SC

Ballarat City FC

Dandenong City SC

Eastern Lions SC

Goulburn Valley Suns FC

Bendigo City FC

Dandenong Thunder FC

FC Bulleen Lions

Heidelberg United FC

Brimbank Stallions FC

Gippsland FC

Malvern City FC

Hume City FC

Caroline Springs George Cross FC

Glen Eira FC

Manningham United FC

Melbourne Victory FC

Geelong SC

Kingston City FC

Melbourne City FC

Moreland City FC

Green Gully SC

Langwarrin SC

Northcote City FC

Moreland Zebras FC

Melbourne Knights FC

Mornington SC

Nunawading City FC

Murray United FC

North Geelong Warriors FC

Oakleigh Cannons FC

Port Melbourne Sharks SC

Pascoe Vale FC

St Albans Saints SC

Peninsula Strikers FC

Ringwood City FC

Whittlesea Ranges FC

Werribee City FC

Springvale White Eagles FC

South Melbourne FC

 

For more information on the Men’s & Boys’ Football Competition Structures for 2020 click here.