Restructure of 2013 men's leagues
Important changes to senior men league structures.
Football Federation Victoria (FFV) has announced plans to restructure the format of the senior men’s competitions for 2013.
While the Victorian Premier League and State League competitions will remain unchanged, the 2013 season will see the restructure of all Provisional and Metropolitan Leagues. The competition will now be split into State League Four (North, South, East and West) and State League Five (North South East and West).
FFV CEO Mark Rendell says the changes have come about after extensive consultation with clubs.
“The structure that has been developed has been done because it is what clubs want," he said.
“There will be direct entry into the promotion/relegation system which will mean that Community clubs have the opportunity of moving through the system, from the bottom to the top.”
The new structure will also result in the introduction of a State League Champion at each level. All league champions will play off against other regions at their level with the winners scheduled to meet in a State League Final.
“The new format will result in more local football and more local derbies, which can only be good for the game.
“This will also reduce the distances and travel times for all players and supporters which, we believe, will make the experience much more enjoyable as well.
"The leagues will be created solely on club location and not on council boundaries."
Promotion and relegation will generally remain as a two up, two down format, with a play off to be introduced for the runners-up in State League 4.
All the details can be found here.
The new senior men’s structure can be found here.