National Premier League [NPL]

Youth Development Phase [YDP]

12 – 16 years old

The YDP provides a natural progression from the SAP, as the emphasis on independent decision making becomes greater in the YDP along with the increased emphasis on the player’s tactical contribution.

Adopting a holistic approach to provide players with opportunities to develop psychologically, tactically, technically and physically in the YDP is essential.

Exposure as an individual and collective to a variety of game-based environments is required to stimulate player development.

The role of the coach in this phase is to equip players with the appropriate knowledge to read and react to any situation. Aiming to satisfy individual needs in this phase through thoughtful design and purposeful practice.

Sessions should be motivating for all, enriching and productive. Ultimately the long-term outcome of this phase is preparing players with the correct tools to react effectively to any situation.

Coaches in the YDP will use a variety of teaching pedagogy as a means of achieving the pre-determined learning outcomes for each session and game.


The National Premier League (NPL) is an Australia-wide competition run as part of the advanced player pathway..

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



FAQ’S – NPL Information


What is the competition structure?
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.
When are trials for NPL?
Trials will commence in October 2020. Training will commence mid-November 2019, with a month break over Christmas, from mid-December to Mid January.
When does training commence?
Training will commence in November 2020, with a months break over Christmas, from mid-December to Mid January
When does the competition begin?
Competition commences in early March and completes in September with the Finals series
How many fixures in an NPL Season?
There are 24 Fixtures played on a home and away basis. Please see the link above for draw details
When are matches played?
Matches are played in an order of U13 & U14 on one field and U15 and U16 on another (or any combination of the pairing)
Where is the training venue?
Facility requirements mean the venue must be of high quality as is provided by Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park
Who are the other teams?
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
Where are away games held?
All Hunter Region away matches will be played at Speers Point and travel by teams will be by coach to and from away venues