Looking ahead to 2020, Football Victoria have announced big changes to the way the NPLW competition will be structured.
The huge development for next season is that Southern United FC and Galaxy United FC have not been offered the full NPLW license, meaning they will not participate in the top flight for women’s soccer in Victoria.
In a bid to make the league a little more competitive, the NPLW senior competition will feature eight teams from last season – Calder United SC, FC Bulleen Lions, Alamein FC, South Melbourne FC, Box Hill United, Heidelberg United, Bayside United and Senior NTC.
With a revamped eight-team league, there will be 21 rounds plus finals starting from 2020.
While Southern United and Galaxy United won’t be part of it, they will be able to continue playing in the Victorian Senior women’s State League 1 level, while current U12, U14 and U16 junior teams are unaffected, with that competition remaining a 27-week season in 2020.
This is all a proposal that both clubs are evaluating and are given until Friday August 30 to respond. Acceptance of the offer will mean the senior and U19 (reserves) teams will be moved to the State League 1 tier for women’s soccer in Victoria.
While a decision has been made for NPLW status of Southern United and Galaxy United next year, both clubs will at least have the chance to reapply to get back into the NPLW in the lead up to season 2021, which is part of an open and transparent process for all FV clubs.
FV remains committed to the development for the women’s game and striving towards an optimal competition structure for junior girls.