NCF National Premier League

The NPL (National Premier League) is the competition run throughout Australia as part of an elite player pathway to Professional Football. North Coast Football has entered three age divisions in 2017, and will add a fourth in 2018. Currently the age groups are 13 years boys, 14 years boys, 15 years boys and 16 years boys to be added in 2018

NPL in Northern New South Wales Football Federation (NNSWF) is a part of Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) nationwide program for player development which enables the best players to participate against each other on a regular basis in competitive matches.

The program is designed for the young players who wish to go on to play professional football or play at the top level of the game in our Federation. It entails a significant commitment from the players, coaches, and parents; and commitment is essential.

NPL Player Pathway


About the PS4 NPL Competition:

⦁ PS4 NPL in NNSWF consists of two logical segments;
The Senior License which consists of competitions for, 1st Grade, 20s (with 5 overage players including the Goalkeeper) and 18s teams
The Youth License which consists of 16s, 15s, 14s & 13 competitions. NCF will have 13s, 14s & 15s in 2017 and add the 16s form 2018 onwards

⦁ Trials and training commence in November with a break of a month over Christmas

⦁ Competition commences in mid-March and completes in August with the Finals series

⦁ There are 20 Fixtures played on a Home and Away basis.

⦁ Matches are played at 1:00 pm and 3:00pm with the normal structure of play being U13 & U14 played on one field and U15 and U16 on another (or any combination of the pairing)

⦁ Facility requirements mean the venue must be of a high quality as is provided by Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.

⦁ Competitors consist of a Zone team from Mid North Coast (based in Port Macquarie and Taree) and the remaining 11 teams from the Hunter Region but primarily from Newcastle.

⦁ All Hunter Region Away matches will be played at Speers Point and travel by teams will be by Coach to and from Away venues.