A small piece from the 2016 Menâ€™s Competition Review Board Resolution - May 2015
It is decided that the following changes be implemented with respect to Seniors Competitions (Ist, U20s and U18s) for the 2016 season:
â€¢ NPL1 remains with 12 clubs
â€¢ NPL2 will be expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs to accommodate 2 new HAL Club Academies (namely Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers)
â€¢ It is expected a senior NPL environment will be conducted on the Central Coast to be determined between Central Coast Football and Central Coast Mariners
â€¢ HAL Academies/Clubs are to be bound by exactly the same rules and regulations as are enforced on FNSW NPL clubs
â€¢ The current State League 1 competition will become NPL3 with a 12 team competition.
â€¢ U16 age group will be become part of Youth, not Seniors, competitions
â€¢ There will be no change to the current principle of â€œone up/one downâ€ promotion and relegation between each tier of senior competitions each year based solely on Seniors Club Championship playing results
â€¢ State League Two will be re-named â€œState Leagueâ€ and an Under 18â€™s age group will be introduced to this competition to be consistent across all senior competitions in NPL 1, NPL 2 and NPL 3. This will be a 12 team competition.
There are no other changes be made to the structure of the Seniors NPL1, NPL2, NPL3 or State League competitions.
It is decided that the following changes be implemented with respect to Youth Competitions for the 2016 season:
â€¢ Under 16s to move back into the Youth Football Structure
â€¢ U12 age group to become part of SAP from 2016 onwards
â€¢ HAL Academies (Sydney FC and WSW) to be required to enter NPL Youth League teams in FNSW competitions on exactly the same conditions as all other participating clubs, including no direct entry into National Youth Championships.
â€¢ NPL Youth (Tier 1) will be a combined competition made up of the 12 NPL1 Senior clubs, 12 NPL2 Senior clubs and the 2 HAL clubs Youth Academies making 26 clubs
â€¢ State League 1 clubs (to be part of NPL3 competition) are required to field teams in Youth League U13 â€“ U16 in 2016
â€¢ In addition to the 12 NPL#3 clubs, regional branches will have the option to participate in Tier 2 youth competition.
â€¢ FNSW Institute Program for Boys will cease on entry of the HAL Clubs into the FNSW Youth Competitions