Wollongong Wolves’ quest for more silverware and being crowned the best National Premier Leagues team in Australia will kick off on the 21st/22nd of September when they host the Premiers from Capital Football which is yet to be announced after the official NPL 2019 Finals Series draw was conducted at Football Federation Australia HQ.
Luke Wilkshire’s men were crowned Premiers of the NPL NSW Men’s competition last weekend and will be the team to beat as the former NSL giants hope to add more trophies to its cabinet for 2019.
The NPL 2019 Finals Series brings together the eight teams who finished top of their respective NPL standings at the end of their regular seasons to determine Australia’s best NPL side.
2019 marks the seventh edition of the NPL Finals Series, which was won last year by South Australian club Campbelltown City SC. Sydney United 58 FC won the inaugural competition in 2013 and in 2016, while MetroStars SC from South Australia (2014), Blacktown City FC from New South Wales (2015) and Heidelberg United FC from Victoria (2017) have also been crowned Champions of the series in the past.
The winner of the NPL 2019 Finals Series will receive automatic entry into the FFA Cup 2020 Final Rounds, providing an added incentive for the eight clubs taking part.
National Premier Leagues 2019 Finals Series
|National Premier Leagues 2019 Elimination Finals|
|21 or 22 September 2019||Football Queensland||vs||Football Federation South Australia|
|21 or 22 September 2019||Northern NSW Football||vs||Football Tasmania|
|21 or 22 September 2019||Football NSW||vs||Capital Football|
|21 or 22 September 2019||Football Victoria||vs||Football West|
|National Premier Leagues 2019 Semi Finals|
|28 or 29 September 2019||Winner of Match 1||vs||Winner of Match 2|
|28 or 29 September 2019||Winner of Match 3||vs||Winner of Match 4|
|National Premier Leagues 2019 Grand Final|
|5 or 6 October 2019||Winner of Match 5||vs||Winner of Match 6|
*Please note this is schedule is subject to change
POINTS SYSTEM TO DETERMINE HOSTS OF SEMI FINALS AND GRAND FINAL:
To determine the host Member Federation clubs for the Semi Finals and Grand Final, the following points system will apply.
- Win within normal time (i.e. 90 minutes) = 3 points
- Win during extra time = 2 points
- Win on penalties = 1 point
- Goals scored by home team (excluding penalty shootouts) = 3 points
- Goals scored by away team (excluding penalty shootouts) = 4 points
- Goals conceded (excluding penalty shootouts) = -1 point
- Yellow cards = -1 point; and
- Red cards = -3 points
The host of the NPL 2019 Grand Final will be determined by the club with the highest accumulation of points across the Elimination Finals and Semi Finals.