Football NSW announce NPL season return

Thomas James (R) of Wollongong celebrates Source: Getty Images

The National Premier Leagues NSW competition is set to return with Football NSW today announcing plans for the season restart.

The league was suspended in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only three rounds into the campaign.

Although a revised draw has yet to be released, Football NSW revealed it will be a condensed season running from late July or early August until October with a two-week finals series.

Only 11 teams of the competition’s 12 sides will compete in the re-started season, with Sutherland Sharks electing not to take part due to financial hardship.

Promotion and relegation will be put on hold until the 2021 season. 

Discussions are still ongoing as to whether fans will be allowed to attend matches or if they will be played behind closed doors.

Football NSW’s announcement follows news NPL competitions in Queensland, West Australia, South Australia, Northern NSW, Tasmania and the ACT will also return to the field this month.

NPL SA and NPL WA will be the first competitions to restart when their season resumes on Friday July 3. 

Northern NSW will resume its NPL competition on July 12, while NPL Tasmania and NPL ACT will launch their season a week later on July 18.

NPL Queensland have earmarked a start date of July 24. 

The status of the NPL Victoria season remains up in the air as a result of the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne and the lockdown of suburbs.