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Changes to NNSWF NPL hang on ability of second-tier clubs to meet criteria in 2017

LINE-UP: The teams represented in the 2015 NPL, pictured, could change significantly by 2017. Picture: Max Mason-HubersTHE future ofpromotion-relegation and number of teams in the Northern NSW National Premier League past next year will depend on the progressof second-tier clubs, under likely changes.

The Northern NSW Football board will vote onrecommendations fromthePremier Competition Review Advisory Committee on Sundaywhich will change age groups,promotion-relegation andforce second-tier clubs to meet NPL criteria from 2017.

The PCRAC was formed to shape the competition for itssecond, three-year NPL licensing period and weighed up feedback from clubs before cementing its recommendations on November 30.

The most contentious change is the lowering of age groups which underpin first grade from 22, 19, 17years to20,18 and16. The 20 years division will allow forfiveover-age players including the goalkeeper.The switch is in line with Football Federation ’s preferred youth development model but met with opposition from clubs.

NNSWF chief David Eland said the PCRACbelievedFFA’s modelprovided the best chanceto develop first-grade footballers.

“It wasn’t a decision that we took lightly and we acknowledged that there are going to be some players in that 20-22 year-old bracket who may have to move,” Eland said.“Ultimately, youth development won through.”

The composition, though,of the NPL and first-division remains unknown past 2016.

The PCRAC has recommended a shift from basing promotion-relegation on first-gradeto a club championship taking in the top three grades with a heavy weighting on the top team’s results.However, promotion-relegation will cease unless more first-division clubs satisfy NNSWF’s Elite Club Accreditation Criteria (ECA).

In 2015, only Valentineand Lake Macquarie were eligible to go up, but, under changes,all first-division clubs must comply with the ECA and haveteams down to 13 years. If enough of the 11 teams meet the ECA, the NPL will be split into two leagues and promotion-relegation will remain. If not, oneNPL will expand to as many as 12 teams in 2017without promotion-relegation.

Eland saidit was too early to predict how many clubs would reach the targets“butit’s important we set out our expectations”.

“Northern NSW Football’s view is that in first divisionthere hasnot been enough progress,” he said.“Hopefully clubs spring into action.”

He said “if we get more than 12 but less than 15, it makes it tough” but he believed“there are enough talented players in the region to justify 12 teams in the NPL.Ideally, we would have two tiers of NPL, with all clubs having the ability and aspirations to be in the top competition.”

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