Today, Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has released the season draws for 2020 across it’s three (3) Premier Competitions – National Premier Leagues Northern NSW (NPL NNSW), Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) and NEW FM Northern League One (NL1).
NNSWF Football Operations Manager Liam Bentley predicts some highlights for players, coaches and fans to look forward to in the New Year.
“The season looks to start with some cracking games with Grand Final rematches kicking off all three leagues,” said Bentley.
“NPL Champions Edgeworth will host Premiers Maitland FC at Jack McLaughlin Oval, Cooks Hills will be out for revenge against Belswans in NL1 and Merewether United out to prove a point against last year’s double-winners New Lambton in WPL.
“We also hope to replicate the drama of last year’s final matchday with all Final Rounds in respective leagues being played being played simultaneously.”
All three competitions will experience a revamped finals series which will increase the importance of every match.
NPL and NL1 will have a five (5) team, four (4)-week finals series and Herald WPL, a four (4) team, three (3)-week finals series with every match resulting in progession or elimination and teams being rewarded for finishing higher on the ladder.
The NNSWF 2020 Season has already experienced some positive change with two NPL clubs confirming new identities: Charlestown City Blues FC now known as Charlestown Azzuri FC, and Hamilton Olympic FC now recognised as Newcastle Olympic FC.
We also see Herald WPL take a stride forward for 2021’s transition into the National Premier Leagues, with the addition of two of the region’s most successful NPL clubs into the league – with South Wallsend JSC’s WPL program moving to Broadmeadow Magic FC and Wallsend FC’s WPL program moving to Newcastle Olympic FC.
Again, NNSWF is pleased to partner with Bar TV to stream all NPL NNSW first and reserve grade matches alongside selected matches of Herald WPL.
”By coupling Friday Night and Saturday matches in 2020 we aim to bring our top level football to more spectators in 2020,” concluded Bentley.
All Premier Competition’s draws for 2020 can be found HERE