Northern NSW Football has released its Premier Competitions fixtures ahead of the 2021 season.
The National Premier Leagues Northern NSW, Herald Women’s Premier League and NEWFM Northern League One competitions will all return to a full schedule in 2021 with some exciting clashes to start the season.
Next year will see a return to matchdays being played at different time slots across weekends to give fans a chance to take in more matches at grounds or streamed.
Matches will be played on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.
Northern NSW Football’s top tier men’s competition, NPL NNSW, will start with a clash between 2020 grand finalists Edgeworth FC and Maitland FC in round one on Saturday 27 March.
The Eagles won the premiership-championship double last season and will start their twin title defences at Jack McLaughlan Oval against the Magpies.
Elsewhere in round one, Lake Macquarie City FC host Broadmeadow Magic FC, Newcastle Olympic FC take on Adamstown Rosebud FC, Charlestown Azzurri FC face Valentine FC while Weston Workers FC clash with Lambton Jaffas FC.
The top-tier women’s competition, Herald WPL, will also open with a meeting between 2020 grand finalists Newcastle Olympic FC and Warners Bay FC.
Olympic, who also won the premiership-championship double last season, will welcome the Panthers to Darling Street Oval for a 2pm kick-off on Saturday 27 March.
Elsewhere in round one, Maitland FC make their Herald WPL debut by taking on Broadmeadow Magic FC at Cooks Square Park, while New Lambton FC face Adamstown Rosebud JFC and Merewether United FC host Mid Coast FC with both matches at No.2 Sportsground.
The second-tier men’s competition, NEWFM NL1, will start with another grand final rematch between premiers New Lambton FC and champions Singleton Strikers at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday 20 March.
Elsewhere in round one, Belmont Swansea United FC host Wallsend FC, Cessnock City FC take on Kahibah FC and Toronto Awaba FC face West Wallsend SFC. Cooks Hill United will host Thornton FC at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday 21 March, while South Cardiff have the opening round bye.
A full list of 2021 Premier Competition fixtures are available HERE.