Football Victoria (FV) have released the 2020 NPL Victoria fixture for the men’s competition.
The season will open with a clash between 2019 finalists Oakleigh Cannons FC and last year’s runner up Avondale FC.
Also round 1 will open with the traditional derby as South Melbourne FC will host 2019 premiers Heidelberg United FC at Lakeside Stadium in a first-round derby.
Eastern Lions SC and St Albans Saints SC are the two sides who have been promoted to the top tier of Victorian football for 2020. They will both start with home encounters in the opening round.
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos claimed he was looking forward to the start of next year’s competition with the introduction of two new clubs and several strong NPL clubs hoping to improve on last season.
“The NPL in Victoria is clearly a destination competition in Australia which delivers a very high standard of football week-in week-out,” Mr Filopoulos said.
“The competition’s popularity went to another level last year with all games live-streamed and averaging around 30,000 viewers per round. The triple-header Grand Final event also drew more than 110,000 viewers on that one day alone,” he said.
The first-round fixtures are listed below:
Oakleigh Cannons FC v Avondale FC – Thursday 13th February, 7:45pm at Jack Edwards Reserve
South Melbourne FC v Heidelberg United FC – Friday 14th February, 7:30pm at Lakeside Stadium
Port Melbourne Sharks SC v Melbourne Knights FC – Friday 14th February, 7:45pm at JL Murphy Reserve – SS Anderson Oval
Dandenong Thunder FC v Dandenong City SC – Saturday 15th February, 7:00pm at George Andrews Reserve
Hume City FC v Altona Magic SC – Saturday 15th February, 8:00pm at ABD Stadium Broadmeadows Valley Park
Eastern Lions SC v Bentleigh Greens SC – Sunday 16th February, 3:00pm at Gardiners Creek Reserve
St Albans Saints SC v Green Gully SC – Sunday 16th February, 5:00pm at Churchill Reserve
The U20s fixture for the men was also released alongside the senior draw.
Both of the full draws can be viewed here.