PS4 NPLW Launched
New Era Of Women's Football Starts With PS4 NPL Victoria Women's
Victoria's female football population of 11,000 players now has a premier competition at the junior and senior level. The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women's competition completes the talented player pathway between community football and the National competition (Westfield W-League).
It replaces the Sportsmart Women's Premier League as the top tier of women's football in Victoria.
About 550 players representing eight clubs will participate in PS4 NPL Women's inaugural season from under-13s to senior women's competition with the season launched on 4 March 2016. Victoria's talented player program teams, National Training Centre, will also compete in PS4 NPL Women's in senior women's and under-18 divisions.
Clubs previously participating in the Sportsmart Women's Premier League, Box Hill United, FC Bulleen Lions and Heidelberg United will all compete in PS4 NPL Women's with a new entity, Alamein FC, formed from Sportsmart WPL club Ashburton United also securing an inaugural licence.
Clubs in the Casey, Greater Frankston and Mornington area combined resources, experience and local support to form Southern United. A similar consortium of bayside clubs including Sandringham, Brighton, Hampton and Beaumaris formed Bayside United to represent the Melbourne metropolitan area which currently has the highest female participation numbers in the State.
Players in Melbourne and Geelong's fastest growing hot-spots also now have representative premier clubs to aspire to with the inclusion of Calder United based at Keilor Park, and Greater Geelong Galaxy United based at Torquay joining the competition.
Strong local government support was a hallmark of successful PS4 NPL Women's applications with all eight inaugural clubs receiving strong support for their bids from their respective local councils. FFV is delighted to partner with these councils to support this exciting pathway in women’s football.
The PS4 NPL Women's competition launch was held at the first match played between FC Bulleen Lions and Bayside United at the Veneto Club on March 4, 2016. Former Matilda, Olympian and FFV Director Tal Karp hosted the event which was attended by VicSport Chairman Margot Foster, AM, FFV President Kimon Taliadoros, FFA and FFV Hall of Fame former Matilda Teresa Deas and FFV Hall of Fame former Matilda Deb Nichols.
Football Federation Australia head of Women's and Community Football Emma Highwood hailed Victoria's commitment to advancing women's football.
“The NPL Victoria Women's will set a new standard for female football in Victoria," Ms Highwood said.
"It is exciting to see eight clubs, having gone through a rigorous process to attain their participation licences, now ready to kick-off Victoria’s inaugural PS4 NPLW Women’s season.”
"Victoria sent 26 players to the Westfield W-League in the 2015/16 season, and the creation of NPL Victoria Women's will give even more players the opportunity to advance through the talented player pathway."