Football Victoria (FV) yesterday announced the creation of a new women’s league, starting in 2020.
The new division will be placed in the tier between the NPLW and the State League 1 competitions.
FV recently released a list of recommendations after a comprehensive review into the Women and Girls’ competition structures in Victoria.
A key recommendation in that list was to establish a new division in Victoria for Senior Women between the NPLW and State League 1, with a start date of either 2020 or 2021.
Other recommendations stated:
- The new league should be made up of the top State League 1 clubs in the South East and North West divisions, with the expectation being that these teams rise to meet both on and off field standards.
- Promotion and relegation between the new league and State League 1 starts after the completion of the first season.
A survey was sent out by the state federation to all women’s State League clubs across the state, with almost 84% in favour of the new division beginning in 2020.
The new division will be made up of the following clubs:
- Boroondara Eagles FC
- Casey Comets FC
- Eltham Redbacks FC
- Galaxy United FC
- Melbourne Knights FC
- Melbourne Uni SC
- Preston Lions FC
- South Yarra FC
- Southern United FC
- Whitehorse United FC
The new division clubs will be required to fill a senior team, as well as a reserve team.
There will be no promotion into the NPLW until the completion of the first two seasons of the competition.
FV Board Director and Chair of Football Committee, Sezar Jakupi, claimed he was excited to see the new division in 2020.
“The clubs overwhelmingly voted for the new division to be introduced from next season. This is an exciting change for women’s football in Victoria. The proposal has been recommended to allow for promotion and relegation to occur into the top tier of competition and create a more defined second state-based women’s tier,” Mr Jakupi said.
FV expects more details, such as the naming of the new division, to be announced in the near future.