National Premier Leagues to kick off this weekend in Queensland

The National Premier Leagues (NPL) competitions kick-off this weekend in Queensland when Lions FC meet Peninsula Power at Lions Stadium in Brisbane.

This will be the first fixture of many that will see clubs from eight of Football Federation Australia’s Member Federations begin their respective seasons over the next two months in a bid to reach NPL 2019 Finals Series.

The off-season has seen a number of key signings across the NPL, in particular with the Football Federation South Australia (FFSA) NPL recruiting some high calibre players in former Hyundai A-League players Marcelo Carrusca (West Adelaide) and Marco Flores (Adelaide City) and also former Athletic Bilbao defender Jon Aurtenetxe (Adelaide Comets) and former Sampdoria striker Emanuele Testardi (Adelaide Blue Eagles).

The Women’s NPL will also kick-off nationally in Queensland when Eastern Suburbs host Gold Coast United FC at Heath Park. There will be a large influx of players from the Westfield W-League who will join the Women’s NPL ranks once their commitments are completed.

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop believes that the NPL competitions are a great breeding ground for future Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League players .

“Vibrant and healthy NPL competitions are important to underpin both the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League,” said Gallop.

“As we have seen in recent editions of the FFA Cup, the gap between the Hyundai A-League and NPL is narrowing.

"Many players have successfully made the transition from NPL to Hyundai A-League in recent times including the likes of Kenny Athiu, Kaine Sheppard and Elvis Kamsoba.

“The Women’s NPL is also a great opportunity for young players to test themselves against established Westfield W-League players and then eventually progress to the international stage.

“I wish all clubs and the member federations an exciting and successful season,” concluded Gallop.

Football Queensland is the first Member Federation to kick off its men’s and women’s NPL 2019 seasons.

Football Victoria commences its season on Valentine’s Day with Heidelberg United FC taking on Pascoe Vale FC at Olympic Village.

Football NSW begins their season with a triple treat with APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC hosting the Marconi Stallions, Wollongong Wolves FC facing Manly United FC and Blacktown City FC meeting Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC on Sunday 10 March.

As seen last year, all nine Australian Hyundai A-League Clubs will continue to compete in NPL competitions, with six of the nine Clubs competing in the top division in their respective States in 2019.

The NPL now encompasses numerous divisions (NPL 2, NPL 3 etc.) and women’s competitions in selected competitions.

NPL Men’s Start Dates


NPL Competition

Start Date

Opening Match(es)

Football Queensland

Saturday, 2 February

Lions FC v Peninsula Power FC at Lions Stadium (6pm)

Football Victoria

Thursday, 14 February

Heidelberg United FC v Pascoe Vale FC at Olympic Village (7:45pm)

Football Federation South Australia

Friday, 22 February

Campbelltown City SC v Adelaide Blue Eagles at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre (7:30pm)

Football Federation Tasmania

Friday, 1 March

Olympia FC Warriors v South Hobart FC at Warrior Park (8:00pm)

Northern NSW Football

Thursday, 7 March

Charlestown City Blues FC v Newcastle Jets at Lisle Carr Oval (7:45pm)

Football NSW

Sunday, 10 March

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Marconi Stallions/Wollongong Wolves FC v Manly United FC/Blacktown City FC v Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC (3:00pm)

Football West

Friday, 15 March

(no fixtures released)

Capital Football

Friday, 5 April

Canberra FC v Canberra Olympic at Deakin Stadium (7:00pm)


NPL Women’s Start Dates


NPL Competition

Start Date

Opening Match(es)

Football Queensland

Friday, 15 February

Eastern Suburbs v Gold Coast United FC at Heath Park (8:30pm)

Football Victoria

Saturday, 23 February

Calder United SC v Alamein FC at Keilor Park Rec Reserve (3:00pm)/Southern United FC v South Melbourne FC at Monterey Reserve (3:00pm)

Football Federation South Australia

Friday, 8 March

Entire round kicks off simultaneously

Football NSW

Sunday, 10 March

Entire round kicks off simultaneously

Capital Football

Saturday, 30 March

Monaro Panthers v Canberra Olympic FC at Riverside Stadium (5:00pm)


NPL Finals Series:

  • Match details and structure to be confirmed in due course.
  • Matches to commence no earlier than the weekend of Saturday 21 September.

Campbelltown City SC from Football Federation South Australia (FFSA) were crowned NPL Champions of Australia in 2018.

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