The National Premier Leagues (NPL) is the national second tier competition in Australia which underpins the Hyundai
A-League and Westfield W-League. The NPL operates in each Member Federation under a single national banner.
The NPL is a direct outcome of the National Competition Review (NCR) which aims to:
Create greater consistency across the Member Federation top leagues across Australia
Recognise the role that State League clubs are playing to develop players, and showcase local talent
Raise overall standards in club management
Improve the financial and commercial position of state leagues and clubs.
To be eligible to participate in the NPL within each Member Federation, and in addition to sporting merit, clubs
must meet uniform national criteria including:
Total number of teams and age groups
Youth development practices, including the implementation of the National Curriculum
Coach accreditation criteria including the introduction of a Technical Director in each club
Organisational planning including finance, business planning and organisational structure
Greater oversight regarding the charging of player registration fees; Facility standards and improvement
Adoption of a player points system which incentivises clubs to develop players through their youth team structure
as well as produce talent which progresses to national pathway programs and the Foxtel Y-League, Hyundai A-League,
Westfield W-League and FFA National Teams.
Each FFA Member Federation will manage their local division of the NPL, which culminates in the NPL Finals Series
at the end of each winter season involving the league premiers of each Member Federation's NPL division. Currently,
this only applies to the Men’s NPL until such time until we are able to integrate all states/territories to
adopt the Women’s NPL competition.
The NPL represents an important step in the realisation of FFA's strategic vision to make Australia a world class
football nation and to better connect elite player development and the wider football community.