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 entered three age divisions in 2017, and will add a fourth in 2018. The 2017 age groups were 13 years boys, 14 years boys, 15 years boys, from 2018 these teams will be joined by the 16 years boys.

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 had 13s, 14s & 15s in 2017 and is adding the 16s form 2018 onwards

⦁ Trials will commence in August 2017 and training commences at the end of October 2017 with a break of a month over Christmas from mid December to Mid January.

⦁ Competition commences in early March and completes in September with the Finals series

⦁ There are 26 Fixtures played on a Home and Away basis.

⦁ Matches are played in an order of U13 & U14 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.