Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced it will conduct a review of Australia’s National Premier Leagues (NPL) competition by the end of February 2020.
The review will engage each of Australia’s Member Federations, the Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) FFA’s Women’s Football Council, Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA).
The main purpose of the review is to reflect on the outcomes realised since the NPL was launched in 2013, identify potential enhancements or initiatives to improve the competition, and to clarify the role of the NPL within the national competition structure and the player pathway.
FFA national technical director, Rob Sherman, said all interested members of Australia’s football community will be able to provide their feedback to the FFA during the review.
“We believe that it is important that all members of our football community who wish to express their views or insights throughout the NPL competitions review process are able to do so,” Sherman said.
“There will be a range of opportunities for stakeholders to contribute throughout the process, including an online survey as well as the intention for FFA to hold community forums in each state and territory.
“FFA will also establish a National Working Group (NWG) which will consider all the feedback received throughout the consultation process, with the NWG ultimately responsible for the development of a submission to the FFA board,” he said.
Also as part of the review, the FFA and its Member Federations will review the NPL Finals Series, focusing on its structure and timing, the cost of youth football in the NPL, the structure of the NPL in each state, and the Player Points System currently used in the NPL.
In terms of the opportunity for Australia’s football community to provide feedback to be considered in the NPL review, the FFA has published on online survey for public access.