NNSWF announce plan to complete 2022 Premier Competitions

July 15th, 2022

Northern NSW Football have announced its plan to complete its 2022 Premier Competitions.

NNSWF hosted a joint meeting of its Premier Competitions Standing Committees on Wednesday night to seek feedback from clubs on completing its 2022 Premier Competitions following months of disruptive wet weather.

All NPL Men’s NNSW, NPL Women’s NNSW and HIT 106.9 Northern League One clubs were represented, with the meeting led by NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley.

All clubs were invited to provide feedback on a number of options, with NNSWF and the clubs agreeing on a set of principles. As a result, NNSWF will introduce several measures to provide a clear and definitive path on how Premier Competitions season will conclude.


NPL Men’s NNSW – Senior Football

The NPL Men’s NNSW competition will be extended by two weeks to enable more matches to be played. Catch-up rounds will be inserted into the last month of the season and will be placed in between currently scheduled rounds to minimise the possibility of teams having no matches for multiple weeks in a row. The amended schedule is:

Weekend of: 13th Aug 20th Aug 27th Aug 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Sept 1st Oct
Amended Schedule Catch-up Round Round 22 Catch-up Round Round 1 Finals Week 1 Finals Week 2 Finals Week 3 Grand Final
Midweek dates of September 5 to 7 will be reserved only for final round matches that are washed out.

Already postponed matches from round 18 will be played on the weekend of 13 August. Similarly, matches from rounds 14 and 15 will be placed into matchdays on the weekend of 27 August.

Additional matches may be placed on those weekends and the extra midweeks now available should there be further matches postponed. Under-18s matches from reallocated matches will now be played with the first and reserve grade fixtures on the day.


NPL Women’s NNSW – Senior & Youth Football

The NPL Women’s NNSW competition has not been impacted as heavily due to the number of catch-up rounds allocated throughout the season. As such, the competition will only be extended by one week to enable more matches to be played. The catch-up round will be inserted prior to the final round of the season. The amended schedule is:

Weekend of: 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Sept 1st Oct
Amended Schedule Catch-up Round Round 21 Finals Week 1 Finals Week 2 Grand Final
Midweek dates of September 12 to 14 will be reserved only for final round matches that are washed out.

The catch-up round will be utilised to place postponed matches over the coming weeks.


HIT106.9 Northern League One

The HIT106.9 Northern League One competition will be extended by two weeks to enable more matches to be played. Catch up rounds will be inserted into the last month of the season and will be placed in between currently scheduled rounds to minimise the possibility of teams having no matches for multiples weeks in a row. The amended schedule is:

Weekend of: 30th July 6th Aug 13th Aug 20th Aug 27th Aug 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept
Amended Schedule Catch-up Round Round 17 Catch-up Round Round 18 Finals Week 1 Finals Week 2 Finals Week 3 Grand Final
Midweek dates of August 23 to 25 will be reserved only for final round matches that are washed out.

Already postponed matches from round 15 will be played on the weekend of 30 July. Similarly, matches from round 14 will be placed into matchdays on the weekend of 13 August.

Additional matches may be placed on those weekends and the extra midweeks now available should there be further matches postponed. Under-18s matches from those reallocated matches will now be played with the first and reserve grade fixtures on the day.


What if there is more rain?

Should all matches for all teams not be completed by 7 September (NPLM NNSW), 14 September (NPLW NNSW) and 24 August (NL1), the final league table prior to the finals will be calculated on a points per game basis for all teams in the league to determine final positions.

What about finals?

The finals format will not be altered. Should any finals matches not be able to be played at the host ground, those finals matches will be played at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility or another suitable venue.


NPL Youth & NL1 Youth

The NPL Youth and NL1 Youth competitions will also be extended by two weeks to enable more matches to be played. Finals for both competitions will be played over two days at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility with the exception of competitions where regionally based teams qualify for semi-finals. Should this occur the semi-final and final will be scheduled for the same day. The amended schedule is:

NPL Youth

Weekend of: 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Sept 5th Oct 6th Oct
Amended Schedule Catch-up Round Round 25 Catch-up Round Round 26 Semi-Finals Grand Final

 

NL1 Youth
Weekend of: 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Sept 5th Oct 6th Oct
Amended Schedule Catch-up Round Round 17 Catch-up Round Round 18 Semi-Finals Grand Final

NNSWF will consider all washed out matches, including those already recorded as 0-0 results, and determine which matches will be placed into the two added catch-up rounds. This aims to maximise the number of added matches for all teams and will not take into account any current table positions or when matches were postponed. NNSWF will confirm which matches will be placed into the additional catch-up rounds by Friday 22 July. Further matches may be added if there is the opportunity.

Removal of 0-0 results and change to points per game (Under-13s to 18s)

NNSWF has determined all 0-0 results allocated to postponed matches will be removed following feedback from clubs.

Premiership and finals placings will be determined using the points per game method. NNSWF believe that the points per game method provides a truer reflection of the competition. Any further washed out matches will not be recorded as 0-0. The match will either be played or not counted in the points per game calculation.

Youth Cup

NNSWF will call for expressions of interest in a Youth Cup competition at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility. The competition will run from mid-October through to the end of November and will follow a World Cup/Champions League format of group stages in order to guarantee a minimum number of games. This will be followed by knockout semi-finals and finals. The competition will not be compulsory.


Measures applicable to all competitions

Several measures will also be introduced to ensure as much football can be played as possible. These include:

  • Clubs may be required to play their home matches at alternate venues should their venue not be fit for play. This may include playing at the nominated away team’s venue, Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility or another alternate venue.
  • Clubs will no longer be required to agree on dates for rescheduled matches. Clubs will be required to play all matches as directed by NNSWF.
  • Clubs are permitted to find an alternate venue to play scheduled matches within the same scheduled weekend. Any major time change or change of day must be communicated as early as possible.
  • NNSWF will utilise Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility for more matches until the end of the season. This may impact long term training bookings. Affected clubs will be provided seven days’ notice as per the hire agreement, unless agreement can be made within the seven days.
  • Matches may be played at venues which are not fully compliant with standards set out for each competition if an alternate venue can be sourced. An alternate venue must be pre-approved by NNSWF and can only be considered if it has adequate rooms for home and away teams, adequate rooms for match officials, public toilet facilities, enclosed pitch fence (senior football only), adequate broadcast point (Bar TV covered matches only).

Bentley said he was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

“It was a really constructive meeting. I want to thank the clubs and their representatives for their input,” Bentley said.

“We wanted this to be a genuine consultation and it was. I feel we’ve reached the best and fairest way forward, working with the principle that we want as much football played safely as we can.

“We understand that the allocation of matches into the catch-up rounds may impact clubs positively or negatively. But it is our sole intention to provide as much football as possible for our players.

“We would also like to acknowledge the hard work and time put in by our club volunteers in a third consecutive challenging season. It was clear through the club meeting that everyone’s key focus was to get as much football played for as many players as possible.”

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