|Criteria||FFA National Premier Leagues Model Victoria 2014|
|Zonal recruitment||No zonal restriction of Juniors. NPL clubs will need to demonstrate a commitment to the national criteria which require development of partnerships with their Community clubs within a geographic area to focus on the area of Youth Development.|
|Small Sided Football|
|NPL Clubs will have the ability to have Small Sided Football teams in 3 age groups, U9, U10, U11. Maximum of 3 teams of 10 players per age group. No SSF fee cap in 2014.
SSF fee cap to apply from 2015. Fee to be determined by a working group comprising FFV CEO (or delegate), NPL Clubs’ representative and FFA representative and determined applying the principle of reasonable cost recovery plus 10% and having regard to relevant data.
|Skill Acquisition Program||NPL clubs may apply to be accredited by FFV to run SAP.|
|Age groups required Male||In 2014, NPL clubs must field teams in the following age groups:
- Boys U12,U13,U14, U15, U16, U18, U20
- Men’s First Team
In 2015, all NPL clubs must also field an U17 Boys team.
NB. In light of the clubs’ stated concern about the time required to recruit players for all these age groups, consideration could be given to delay the start of some NPL juniors for a short period to accommodate this. This will only apply to the flexible age groups of U13 and U15. As a minimum, all NPL clubs must field teams in age groups U12, U14, U16, U18, U20 and a first team.
|Number of teams per age group for NPL juniors||Only one team per age group for NPL juniors. Clubs can register a maximum 20 players per NPL age group.|
|Number of NPL divisions||The number of divisions will be determined based on the number of successful NPL applicants.
In the event of 2 divisions, the allocation of clubs to each division will be in accordance with the placements of the VPL and other FFV competitions at the end of 2013 season subject to the following:
The allocation into either division of regional clubs by FFV at its absolute discretion. If a club fails to meet the coach accreditation criteria they will be subject to relegation to division 2.
|Applicants||The following will be invited to apply for an NPL licence in 2014:
- Existing entities that competed in FFV competitions in 2013
- Regional entities.
- New entities (metropolitan) will be invited to apply in this current process for the grant of a licence commencing in either 2015 or 2016 so that advance preparation can be made for their entrance.
- The assessment panel composition will include independent members and FFA
will be represented.
|Promotion and Relegation||Regardless of whether there is one or two NPL divisions, there will be no relegation from the NPL to the FFV state leagues for three years.
Should the NPL consist of two divisions, there will be promotion and relegation between the two divisions only.
There can be promotion of the top-finishing 2 FFV state league clubs provided they meet all the NPL criteria.
|Junior fees cap||Junior fees cap of $2,000+GST. This is taking into consideration the fees charged across other NPL competitions.|
|Women and girls teams||There will be no requirement for NPL clubs to field a women and girls teams in the 2014 competition.
However, in 2015, there must be a Women’s NPL in Victoria. The structure and composition of the Women’s NPL (i.e. women’s and girls only clubs and/or NPL clubs with men’s and women’s) will be aligned with the Women’s National Competitions review.
Note: It is unlikely that it will be mandatory for NPL clubs to cater for males and females. However every Federation has made a commitment to develop an NPL for Women and Girls, which may include dedicated Women’s Clubs.
Football Queensland attempted to roll out one NPL Club catering for males and females. However they have advised that this is under review and may be changed going forward due to the issues they have faced in year 1.
|Licence agreement||All NPL clubs must sign a license agreement to participate in the NPL competition. FFA proposes a working group of the FFV and FFA with input from the Clubs’ legal representative to develop the standard form that will apply to all NPL clubs. FFA will not enter into negotiation with individual clubs.|
|Coaching criteria for 2014||We appreciate the time pressures in relation to meeting the national coaching criteria. Therefore we propose the following:
- The accreditation level will be relaxed for the 2014 season. Please refer to the attached document which highlights the relaxed requirements for all age groups.
- NPL applicants must demonstrate at the time of application either that they satisfy the criteria or have put in place measures to ensure satisfaction by the end of the first season (e.g. enrolment in courses).
- Note above that demonstrated current satisfaction of the coach accreditation requirements will carry weight in the allocation of clubs into divisions.
|Club Technical Director||All NPL clubs must appoint a technical director in 2014. For one season only, the technical director may also hold a dual position within the club. The technical director will be the main point of call to liaise with FFA and state technical director and ensure that the national curriculum is being rolled out at the club.
In 2015, the technical director cannot hold a dual role within the club.
The accreditation of the technical director will be relaxed in 2014 due to the limited time and resources to appropriately assist clubs through this process.
|Player Points System||All NPL clubs must adhere to the player points system as per the National Criteria. Taking into consideration the timing of recruitment and player roster management, the points cap will be decided after the successful clubs have been announced and a true benchmarking exercise has been undertaken.|
Coaching Requirements for 2014
|Position||Original FFV Model||FFA's Revised Model|
|Technical Director||The Technical Director must hold a B-Licence and must have attended a State Coaching Conference during the previous 12 months.||The Technical Director must hold a C-Licence or must be enrolled in a C-Licence course by the end of season 2014.|
|First Team Coach||The First Team Coach must hold a B-Licence and must have attended a State Coaching Conference during the previous 12 months.||The First Team Coach must hold a C-Licence or must be enrolled in a C-Licence course by the end of season 2014.|
|First Team Assistant||The First Team Assistant Coach must hold a C Licence and must have attended a State Coaching Conference during the previous 12 months.||The First Team Assistant Coach must hold a C Licence and must have attended a State Coaching Conference during the previous 12 months.|
|First Team GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|
|U20 Coach||The U20 Coach must hold a C Licence||The U20 Coach must hold a C-Licence or must be enrolled in a C-Licence course by the end of season 2014.|
|U20 Assistant||The U20 Assistant Coach must hold a Senior Licence||The U20 Assistant Coach must hold a Senior Licence|
|U20 GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|
|U18 Coach||The U18 Coach must hold a Senior Licence||The U18 Coach must hold a Senior Licence|
|U18 Assistant||The U18 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth or Senior Licence||The U18 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth or Senior Licence|
|U18 GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|
|U16 Coach||The U16 Coach must hold a Senior Licence||The U16 Coach must hold a Youth Licence|
|U16 Assistant||The U16 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth or Senior Licence||The U16 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth Licence|
|U16 GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|
|U14 Coach||The U14 Coach must hold a Youth Licence||The U14 Coach must hold a Youth Licence|
|U14 Assistant||The U14 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth Licence.||The U14 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth Licence.|
|U14 GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|
|U12 Coach||The U12 Coach must hold a Youth Licence||The U12 Coach must hold a Youth Licence|
|U12 Assistant||The U12 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth Licence.||The U12 Assistant Coach must hold a Youth Licence|
|U12 GK Coach||Community Goalkeeper Certificate||Community Goalkeeper Certificate|