Declaration of Leagues

FNSW last night announced the declaration of leagues for the 2019 season for all competitions.

Mens Seniors

Whilst there were no surprises in terms of leagues for the mens seniors, we did learn of teams starting with point deductions for next season with some teams told they must comply by 5pm Wednesday October 2018.

Losing 15 points:

Balmain Tigers

Losing 30 points:

Hawkesbury City
Prospect United
Wagga City Wanderers

Losing 30 points + Compliance order

Bonnyrigg
Granville Rage
Parramatta FC
Stanmore Hawks
WNSW Mariners
Gazy Auburn

After how close the competitions were last season in terms of earning the right to be promoted or unlucky enough to be relegated there is no doubt starting on -30 Club Championship points will hurt a lot of these clubs. It may just about any chance that Bonnyrigg has to get promoted back to NPL 1, it may seal the fate of Granville Rage or WNSW to State League for 2020 (Which will become NPL 4 with a host of other changes).

It is hard to say what the non-compliance with the application process is, but to lose 30 points right off the bat means it must be something pretty severe.

We do think it is clear that FNSW is attempting to “weed out” clubs ahead of the planned changes for the 2020 season which will see 4 tiers of 12 teams, meaning there will be a number of relegation’s from NPL 2 and NPL 3 to even out the tiers with the clubs left in NPL 4/State League having to show that they meet certain criteria.

We will talk about that more ahead of and throughout next season of course, offering our predictions as to who may or may not make the cut.

 

Womens

 

Not a lot of changes in the Womens competitions as we expected with Olympic going up and Sutherland Shire going down.

Interesting to note that Eastern Suburbs FA was awarded a GCL licence however.

 

NPL Youth

Not really anything of note here, only what was expected with Melita dropping to Youth 2 and St George City FA heading up.

 

SAP

Interestingly Fraser Park has lost their SAP licence. The reasons behind this we are unsure of. However, no new licences were added to replace them despite the fact that we knew about certain clubs bidding for one ahead of the 2020 SAP reforms.

This means that there will be an uneven number of SAP teams for the 2019 season with 41.

 

GSAP

Last but not least; the girls SAP teams which again offered no surprises to us.

 

What are your thoughts on the 2019 declaration of leagues? Is there anything in particular you would like us to discuss in relation to the competitions for next season?

Let us know in the comments!

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