For the 2020 season the NPLW will have only eight teams, with Geelong Galaxy United and Southern United losing their senior NPLW licences.

Each Galaxy and Southern will function in a newly developed Second Division, which has been interposed in between the NPLW and State League One particular. Each clubs will retain junior NPLW licences.

The new tier will see Galaxy and Southern joined by Preston Lions, Melbourne Knights, Boroondara Eagles, Casey Comets, Eltham Redbacks, Melbourne Uni, South Yarra and Whitehorse United.

There is speak of prospective promotion and relegation in between this division and NPLW for 2021 but FV have not committed to this as however, understandably preferring to see how 2020 pans out.

The selection to strip Galaxy and Southern of senior licences was initially met with lots of condemnation from the wider Victorian football neighborhood, nevertheless as time has passed a lot of folks have come to accept and even praise the move. The NPLW has lengthy been criticised for not possessing sufficient talent, and 10 teams was thought of to dilute this even additional.

Former Matilda and present Southern United coach Deb Nichols was initially disappointed her club had lost their senior licence, nevertheless she has considering that taken a pragmatic view of the move.

 “I sincerely hope the reduction of teams improves the competitors following the distress the selection brought to each Southern and Galaxy,” mentioned Nichols.

“We are seeking forward to participating in the new division and operating our way back to the prime flight.”

Former Matilda and Souther United coach, Deborah Nichols (left)

The lengthy term program for NPLW is to adhere to the present boys model exactly where quite a few clubs will have junior NPL licences which then filters by way of to a smaller sized quantity of senior clubs, which implies lots of youngsters will get a likelihood to create but only the ideal junior talent will make it to the prime.

It is a sound theory but it will undoubtedly bring about heart ache when girls who have worked challenging at the junior level miss out on NPLW senior possibilities. Nevertheless, this is the reality of elite level football, not everybody will make it.

“ The junior NPLW has been superb and continues to strengthen,” mentioned Nichols.

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