Australian soccer league system
The Australian football league system is the league structure for association football 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; 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 football in Australia, underpinning the A-League; 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, the remainder – with the exception of the Northern Territory – joined in 2014. There is no promotion and relegation to and from the top-tier A-League, promotion and relegation at other levels varies between different state systems.
The National Youth League, which runs in conjunction with the A-League as a national youth developmental and reserve league, is not included in the table. The women's football league system in Australia is similar to that of the men's, with the W-League the top nationwide league and below that state-based leagues run by the FFA Member Federations. Women's football in Australia is growing in popularity as clubs at grassroots level are getting in more players at a young age. A proposed national second tier league competition with the working title Australian Championship has been proposed. List of association football competitions League system, for a list of similar systems in other countries Capital Football pyramid, for a list of their League systems. Football Federation Victoria pyramid, for a list of their League systems. General
Redan is an inner suburb of Ballarat, Australia south of Ballarat Central. The population at the 2016 census was 2,889, its boundaries along Winter Street East, Pleasant Street, Sebastopol Street and Hill Street, on the north side. Skipton Street is the main road through commercial area, it was named for the fortifications used during the battle at Sevastopol in Ukraine during the Crimean War. Redan was one of Ballarat's first deep lead gold mining areas on the outskirts Ballarat between the city and the town of Sebastopl. In the 1870s and 1880s, the Redan lead had a number of larger gold mining companies extracting Sergeants Freehold Quartz Goldmining Company and the Hustler's Line of Reef; the suburb developed with working class origins, the home of many miners. A Post Office was first opened here on 1 July 1935. Redan is entirely laid out in grid plan; the population is forecast to increase to 3195 in 2021 with 1536 dwellings. As of September 2009, Redan had the most affordable houses in Australia.
The population has early twenties in low cost rental accommodation. The current median house price in Redan is $190,000. Redan has an Australian rules football team playing in the Ballarat Football League
Elcho Park is a soccer facility located on Gibbons Road in Lara, Victoria, a northern suburb of Geelong. It is owned by the Australian Croatian Soccer Association Geelong; the tenants of the facility are National Premier Leagues Victoria side North Geelong Warriors FC and Geelong Regional Football Association based club Elcho Park Cardinals FC. North Geelong Warriors played their first season out of Elcho Park in 1986; the first competitive league game at the venue was a 3-3 draw between North Geelong and Essendon City on 29 March 1986. The main grandstand, situated between the clubrooms and the pitch, seats about 200 people; the total capacity of the facility is much larger, with an abundance of standing room all around the main pitch. Added to the main pitch, there is a second pitch and over 100 parking spaces inside the facility. Both of the pitches are grass surfaces. In 2015, it was announced that the facility would be receiving $283,000 in council and state funding to upgrade the change rooms.
It was the first time the owned facility had been granted public funds. North Geelong Warriors
Football Victoria, known until 19 June 2018 as Football Federation Victoria, is the state governing body for association football in Victoria, Australia. It is affiliated with the sport's national governing body. Football Victoria began operation in 1884 under the name Anglo Australian Football Association of Victoria and is one of the oldest sporting associations in Victoria, it has had several name changes over the years, but has survived as the governing body of football in Victoria since this time. The Football Association, the predecessor of Football Federation Australia, was formed in 1923; the federation conducted its first competition in 1909 with Carlton United becoming the inaugural First Division champions. The name of the competition was changed to the State League in 1958 and became the Victorian Premier League in 1990. In 1992 and 1993, wheelchair soccer was conceived when a "come'n' try" was conducted with the support of Leisure Action, a division of the Spastic Society. A pilot season resulted in the northwest region, the success of which lead LA to source funding and development partners.
Early in 1995 the FFV agreed to become the auspicing body for the future development of wheelchair soccer in Victoria and in 2000 signed an agreement to that effect. In 1996 the board of management of the FFV initiated a major organisational review and obtained independent advice on the existing management structure and the organisational arrangements required to make the administration of soccer more effective; the review resulted in the formation of an independent commission, replacing the board, elected in December 1996. To provide for the future development of women's soccer, in 1999 the FFV and Women's Soccer Victoria combined and established an integrated structure to provide professional administrative services and infrastructure to all female participants in soccer; this resulted in a women's soccer competition for junior and senior teams starting in 1999 and other initiatives aimed at grass roots and elite player development. In 2005 it changed its name from Victorian Soccer Federation to Football Federation Victoria.
In 2009, player registrations for soccer in Victoria passed 50,000, the highest number in the federation's history. As part of its strategy to become a more "customer focussed" organisation, in November 2009 the head office of Football Federation Victoria moved from its location at the Darebin International Sports Centre in Thornbury in Melbourne's northern suburbs to its new and more centrally located headquarters at Level 3, 436 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. In 2018, the federation was renamed from "Football Federation Victoria" to "Football Victoria". Football Federation Victoria oversees all aspects of the sport within the state, however there are twelve regional associations that manage local leagues and competitions in their areas. Albury Wodonga Football Association Ballarat & District Soccer Association Bendigo Amateur Soccer League Cobram Junior Soccer Association Football Federation Victoria Geelong Region Gippsland Soccer League Latrobe Valley Soccer League Moama-Echuca Soccer Association Shepparton Junior Soccer Association Football Federation Victoria Sunraysia Swan Hill Soccer League South West Victorian Football Association For the full soccer pyramid in Australia, see Australian soccer league system.
The soccer pyramid in Victoria comprises the seven levels of soccer in Victoria below the A-League. It has a hierarchical format that features relegation between all levels. All clubs in the system are eligible for entry to the FFA Cup, are seeded in accordance to tier standing. For the 2013 season, Football Federation Victoria announced a restructure of the league. Tiers 5, 6 and 7, which were known as Provisional League 1, 2 and 3 were removed, as was the Metropolitan League, they were replaced by State League 4 and 5, divided geographically into North, East and West divisions, thus making State League 5 the lowest division in which are club can theoretically be promoted into the VPL. The Victorian Premier League and State League 1 to 3 remained the same. 2013 will see the inaugural State League Champions series take place in Victoria. The champion of each league from State League 1 and below will play a finals series against the champions of other regions in their division as follows: State League 1 North-West v South-East State League 2 North-West vs South-East State League 3 North-West vs South-East State League 4 North vs West & South vs East, with winners meeting in a final State League 5 North vs West & South vs East, with winners meeting in a finalVarious regional leagues that are affiliated with the FFV, although they are not connected to the Victorian soccer pyramid and thus there is no promotion or relegation between them.
These leagues include Bayside FA Premier, Gippsland Soccer League, North Eastern Soccer League, Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Ballarat & District Soccer Association, Geelong Regional Football Association and South West Victorian Football Association, as well as various junior leagues. Football Federation Victoria Official website
Murray United FC
Murray United FC is an Australian football club encapsulating NSW's Southern Riverina and North East Victoria. The club is based in Albury/Wodonga and competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 competition; the club plays. In early 2014, it was announced that an application had been submitted to Football Federation Victoria for a side under the name Border FC; the club was launched on 27 May 2014, as part of Australia's new look second tier of football, but under the name Murray United FC. The change of name was to capture all things synonymous with the region. Murray United FC will promote opportunities for those wanting to play high performance football from the local competition, the Albury Wodonga Football Association, will begin in the second tier of the NPL, the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2. La Trobe University and Wodonga TAFE are the team's foundation sponsors. On 29 September 2014, former Woking FC player & player/coach of local side Twin City Wanderer's FC, Matt Gray, was appointed head coach for the inaugural year.
This was short lived however, with the region's player realising the demands of coaching & playing was too much, resigning in late December. He was replaced by dual code premiership coach Mick Richards, who won flags in the local AFL and soccer competitions. On 31 October 2014, Murray United FC played their first match against external opposition, defeating Cobram Roar FC, a combined team of Cobram SC & Cobram Victory players seeking to participate in the AWFA next season; the final score was 7–0 to Murray United FC and was the last chance for players to impress before the 2015 squad announcement. In a restructuring ahead of the 2015 season, the NPL2 division was divided into two parallel conferences with Murray United competing in the Eastern Conference. Murray United played their first official game on 21 February 2015, going down 3–2 at La Trobe University to Box Hill United SC. Adam Waters and Zac Walker scored the goals; the club's first NPL2 point came the following week, drawing 1–1 with Springvale White Eagles FC at home.
The club secured its first win of the season in Round 4 against Nunawading City FC, winning 2–1 through James Coutts and Zac Walker goals. The club entered a tumultuous period, losing five games in a row, including a 9–1 drubbing at the hands of Melbourne Victory FC Youth in Round 10. Late in the year, head manager Mick Richards resigned from his position, stating the toll on his family and business commitments as the primary reason. Murray United ended the season with 6 wins, 4 draws and 18 losses, finishing in 8th place in the NPL2 East division and 17th overall. In April 2016, Murray United FC announced that former Socceroo Joshua Kennedy as the clubs ambassador; the following month, following a barren run of results, United confirmed the signing of former Salford City FC captain Chris Lynch, joining Ashley Dunn as the two Salford City alumni in the squad. On 31 January 2017, Murray United announced the signing of former A-League legend Archie Thompson on a guest stint. Murray United has a rivalry with fellow North-East Victorian NPL team Goulburn Valley Suns FC, with both teams joining NPL Victoria in 2014 as regional expansion clubs.
Top scorers 2015: Zac Walker 2016: Zac Walker 2017: Zac Walker 2018:? Managers 2014: Matt Gray 2015: Mick Richards 2016: James Coutts 2017: James Coutts 2018: James Coutts 2019:? Elliot Jones The club shares the La Trobe University football facilities with local side Wodonga Diamonds; the ground is located in Wodonga and will receive numerous upgrades leading into the inaugural season. Chairman Mark Byatt stated, "The focus will be on lighting and minor works to players’ facilities and security"; the club has played FFA Cup preliminary round matches at both the Savoy Sporting Club & the Lavington Sports Ground in 2015 & 2016 respectively. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Murray United FC official website
Ballarat City FC
Ballarat City FC is an Australian semi-professional association football club based in Ballarat, Victoria. For most of its history, the club's home ground was Trekardo Park, before making the move to the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility in 2014. After the 2016 National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 season, the club members voted to reform the club from Ballarat Red Devils to Ballarat City, a move sanctioned by the Football Federation Victoria as they transferred the club's NPLV licence to the new entity; the club was established in 1968 as Ballarat SC, played their first six seasons at Llanberris Reserve, now home to the Ballarat Athletics Club, before moving to Trekardo Park in 1973. Ballarat played in an all-Red kit, which changed to white shorts in 1992, now play in a similar kit to the famous Manchester United, incorporating red shirts, white shorts and black socks. In their first season playing in the Melbourne-based competition, Ballarat secured its first championship, under foundation captain-coach and goalkeeper Eddie Wood, led by Hugh Rattray, who scored 59 goals in 21 matches, still a current Australian record for number of goals in one season at a semi-professional level.
Ballarat waited 24 years until their next title came along, in 1992, in which the team remained undefeated throughout the entire 26-match Provisional League Two season, again a record, unlikely to be matched or bettered in Victoria. Incidentally, that team went. Furthermore,'92 Ballarat side scored in every match of that unbeaten season; the team was coached by Jim Bull, a full-back in the'68 Championship. In 1998, the club changed its name to Ballarat United SC. After back-to-back promotions in 2003 and 2004, United avoided relegation in 2004 and 2005, in the last match of each season, needing a positive result in each to stay up, achieved; the club changed its name in 2005 to Ballarat Red Devils. The 2007 season started with a new coach in charge, Danny Gnjidic, the club went on to win the State League 3 North-West Championship on the last day of the season with a 4–3 win over their rivals, Geelong SC. Ballarat won after being down 2–0 at the 9 minute mark. In 2008, the club was at its highest level to date in State League 2 North-West.
At the end of the 2009 season, by mutual consent the club and Danny Gnjidic parted ways. In late 2009 the club appointed South African Dale Harris as the coach for 2010. Harris was sacked on 28 June after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Michael Leslie who became player-manager. Former reserves coach Joe Fedele was appointed as the Reds new boss in late 2010. Following Shelley's move and dominating displays for the Ballarat Red Devils in 2011, Shelley signed as Manager for the Red Devils for 2 years during October 2011. On 13 February 2013, the establishment of the National Premier Leagues was announced; the league was designed to rebrand the Premier League in each state under a single national banner, create a national second division incorporating national playoffs. In December 2013, former Leeds, Perth Glory and Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Milosevic accepted the position of Director of Football. On 13 January 2014, Ballarat announced that it would be bidding for admission into the NPLV, on the same day announced the signing of former Melbourne Victory striker James Robinson as player-coach.
The FFV announced that Ballarat had won a NPL licence on 7 February 2014, five days announced that the Red Devils would be placed in the top flight of the two NPL divisions promoting Ballarat several divisions and into the highest Victorian level for the first time in its history. Ballarat recruited former Liverpool defender Danny O'Donnell, attracted back several players with local origins who had found success elsewhere, with the 20 man squad ahead of the inaugural NPLV season containing 15 players from Ballarat. Despite a skewed schedule owing to the rate of construction of the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility, Ballarat played their first home game in the stadium on 3 May 2014, losing 1–2 to South Melbourne FC, their maiden season in the NPLV included wins against established top Victorian teams including Melbourne Knights, Green Gully, Hume City, however it ended in heartbreak: the Red Devils finished their own final game of the season away to Oakleigh Cannons safe from relegation, but minutes a late 95th-minute goal from Connor Reddan for Port Melbourne salvaged a 1–1 draw with Werribee City, saving both teams in that fixture from relegation at Ballarat's expense.
The Red Devils were placed in the Western Conference of the revamped NPL Victoria 2 for the 2015 season, while the club retained James Robinson's services with a two-year contract extension. Ballarat finished in 4th place in the NPL Victoria 2 West in 2015. At the FFV Gold Medal Night, goalkeeper Aaron Romein took out the NPLV2 Goalkeeper of the Year title while head manager James Robinson took out the NPLV2 Coach of the Year award. In November 2015, head manager Robinson resigned from his post with the club naming Savas Saglam as his replacement on Boxing Day 2015. Ballarat went through a tumultuous off-season, with the majority of the 2015 squad refusing to train under new coach Saglam, it was reported that governance challenges, including disagreements between the Members Club and Investment Company, which jointly ran the club, led to the resignation of former manager James Robinson. The boycotting players stated that they did not support the Investment Company, which appointed Saglam. At an Extraordinary General Meeting, the members appointed a new board to run the club and Saglam was sacked.
With the new structure of the club appealing to ex-manager R
North Geelong Warriors FC
North Geelong Warriors Football Club known as North Geelong Croatia, is an Australian semi-professional soccer club from the regional Victorian city of Geelong. The club competes in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2, Australia's joint third division in the country's league system; the club was founded in 1967 by a large contingent of ethnic Croatians in the city of Geelong. The Warriors' home base is Elcho Park in the northern Geelong suburb of Lara. North Geelong is a regular participant in the Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament, which it has hosted four times and won for the first time in 2014; the club's greatest achievement is winning the 1992 Victorian Premier League title, becoming the first promoted side to achieve the feat. North Geelong Croatia Soccer Club was formed around Christmas time in December 1967 by newly arrived Croatian migrants Mirko Hrkač, Ivan Sesar, Vinko Radojević and Aldo Siketa. North Geelong's first season saw it compete in Division 2 of the Ballarat and Districts Soccer Association in 1968, finishing in fourth place of the ten team division.
The following year, North competed in Division 1 and a reserve side was formed. In 1970, the club fielded its first junior side. In 1972, the Club competed in the Victorian Provisional League for the first time in its history; the season was marred by an incident involving an altercation with a referee in North Geelong's Round 6 match against Werribee which saw the club expelled from the Victorian Provisional League. The VSF disallowed the club from competing in any further matches that year. North Geelong was accepted back into the BGDSA competition in 1973, where it was, for the majority of seasons, the dominant force in the league. Croatia won the BDGSA league in ’73, ’74, ’76, ’77 and'78 In 1979, North Geelong re-joined the Victorian Provisional League, run by the VSF, was placed into Division Three. North finished in a respectable third place. In 1979, North Geelong Croatia bought a block of land in Lara where its current home base on Gibbons Road now stands; the land cost a sum of $12,000.
Croatia won back-to-back premierships in 1980, 1981. In 1982, following its Provisional League Division Two title, North Geelong skipped promotion to Provisional League Division One, thanks to a league restructure, entered the Victorian Metropolitan League Division Four, at the time the fifth tier of Victorian soccer, the highest rung the club had reached in its short history. North Geelong made the move to Elcho Park in 1986, hosting the Geelong Pre-Season Cup in pre-season, winning the competition; the first competitive league game at the venue was a 3-3 draw between North Geelong and Essendon City on 29 March 1986. After four consecutive top four finishes in Division Two, North Geelong achieved promotion when it took out the league championship in 1989. North Geelong Croatia endured a difficult start to life in Division One in 1990. After a shaky start, Branko Čulina was able to lead the club to a respectable seventh-place finish. In 1991, with the club run by a new committee headed by Steve Horvat Senior and the first team managed by Čulina, North Geelong Croatia won the Division 1 title, finishing a point ahead of Knox City.
And hence promotion to the Victorian Premier League, reaching the pinnacle of Victorian soccer for the first time in the club's history. In its inaugural season in the VPL, the club surprised everyone finishing first and collecting the Minor Premiership; the club went on to make the Grand Final. They faced former National Soccer League champions Brunswick Juventus at Middle Park. North Geelong's George Karkaletsis opened the scoring on the 22nd minute. Brunswick equalized 4 minutes later; the match remained 1-1 at full-time. North Geelong ripped Brunswick apart scoring three unanswered goals from Adrian Cervinski, Robert Markovac and Robert Cosic, it was an unprecedented event, the only time a newly promoted side had won the title in their first season, a record that still stands to this day. Players in this championship side included Adrian Cervinski and David Cervinski. All three players would become successful players in the National Soccer League. All three were a part of the Melbourne Croatia NSL championship side of the mid 90s.
1993 was another successful season. The club finished third in the regular season, but this time their finals campaign did not prove to rewarding as in the previous season. The club lost both its finals matches, including a heartbreaking loss in extra time to Sunshine George Cross; the next three seasons saw. But some joy came with the club producing club legend Richard O'Sullivian and future star player and future socceroo in Josip Skoko. In 1994, North Geelong Croatia Soccer Club became North Geelong Warriors Soccer Club when the Victorian Soccer Federation banned ethnic names. In 1997, North Geelong's six-year stint in the top-flight came to an end as it endured relegation from the Premier League. In 1999, the club was relegated once more, to the Victorian State League Two North-West; the Club remained in Division 2 with mixed results. Throughout the early 2000s, North Geelong battled away in the Victorian State League Division 2 North-West, finishing in mid-table each year for the period. 2004 marked the beginning of players returning home to North Geelong having left the club in the 90s for NSL and VPL opportunities.
The Cervinski brothers, Mijo Trupković, Ante Deak and Greg Šarić were all players that returned to the club from 2004 onwards. In 2005, with the introduction of new coach Robert Krajačić, North Geelong blazed its way to the State League Divi