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Capital Premier League (ACT)

Capital Premier League
ACT
Founded1967 (57 years ago) (1967)
(as Division 2)
2019 (5 years ago) (2019)
(as NPL2)
2022 (2 years ago) (2022)
(as Capital Premier League)
Country Australia
StateAustralian Capital Territory ACT
New South Wales NSW
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toNPL ACT 1
Domestic cup(s)Australia Cup
Federation Cup
Current championsYoogali SC
(2023)
Current premiersYoogali SC
(2023)
WebsiteCapital Premier League

The Capital Premier League (formerly known as NPL ACT 2 or simply NPL2) is an association football competition contested by clubs affiliated to Capital Football. The league is the second highest level (level 2) competition in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) region. It is a 2nd tier in ACT Capital Football and sits in Level 3 in the overall Australian league system. Prior to 2019, the league was known as the Capital League and was the top division of the ACT State League system and National Premier Leagues Capital Football 2.

History

Established in 1967 as Division 2 the level 2 division in the ACT has been competed every year except a three-year gap between 1984 and 1986, The league has been renamed three times prior to 2019 with the original Division 2 title changed to State League One in 1992 before becoming the Capital League in 2013.[1]

1 August 2018, Capital Football announced a major overhaul of the local football structure with the top two divisions (level 1 and 2) linked with the introduction of promotion and relegation between the top two men's divisions. The top two leagues were re-branded from NPL Capital Football and the Capital League to NPL1 and NPL2.[2]

3 August 2018, a group of current NPL clubs in the ACT raised concerns regarding the structure changes and the introduction of promotion and relegation. In particular the concern around governances was raised by Woden-Weston president Steve Rohan-Jones. While Canberra Olympic coach, Frank Cachia, raised the issues around juniors and the sustainability of an inter-state team if it gets relegated.[3]

31 August 2018, Capital Football opened the application process for interested teams to apply to join the NPL1 and NPL2 leagues.[4]

28 September 2018, Capital Football announced the successful applications for teams for the 2019 NPL season. NPL1 would consist of nine teams with seven teams selected for NPL2. Out of the ten teams that competed in the 2018 Capital League season, seven teams were successful in gaining NPL2 status while three teams, Narrabundah FC, Monaro Panthers reserves, and Canberra Olympic reserves were all unsuccessful. The bottom team of NPL1 in 2019 would be relegated to NPL2 for the 2020 season but no team from NPL2 would be promoted to even the two leagues to eight teams each.[5]

Narrabundah FC lodged an official appeal supported by a number of other Capital Football affiliated clubs.[6] Narrabundah's appeal was successful, and on 8 November 2018 Capital Football released a new declaration of leagues for the 2019 NPL level that included Narrabundah FC as an NPL2 participant.[7]

15 November 2018, NSW regional club, Wagga City Wanderers, announced it was transferring from NSW State League to Capital Football and would join the NPL2 and NPLW leagues.[8] This move resulted in both NPL1 and NPL2 leagues having nine teams each for the 2019 season.[9]

Format

The regular season runs between April and September each year and consists of 16 rounds with four matches played each round and one team sitting out a bye. Each team plays each other twice (home and away) and sits out two byes over the course of the season. The top four teams qualify for the finals series (finals). The team that finishes first in the league standings is crowned league premiers and, from 2020, will be promoted to NPL1.[10]

Finals is run over three weeks with the major (1 vs 2) and minor (3 vs 4) semi-finals held in the first week. The winner of the major semi-final progresses to the grand final in week 3 and the loser progresses to the preliminary final in week 2. The winner of the minor semi-final progresses to the preliminary final and the loser is eliminated.

Clubs

Current NPL1 NSW based clubs

The inaugural season of NPL Capital Football 2 was originally planned to only have seven clubs, as published by Capital Football on 1 August 2018. After a successful appeal by Narrabundah a revised declaration of clubs for NPL level was released by Capital football on 8 August 2018 that increased the number of clubs from seven to eight. In November 2018, Wagga City Wanderers announced the club was leaving Football NSW and switching affiliation to Capital Football so the club's first grade team was added to NPL2 to bring the overall number up to nine (equal numbers with NPL1).

Eight of the inaugural season clubs were members of the previous ACT level two league (Capital league) in the previous season (2018). All nine inaugural season clubs were making their first appearance in the National Premier Leagues system, having previously competed in NSW and ACT State League systems.

Current Clubs

As of the 2024 Capital Football season, there are 8 clubs competing in the CPL.

2024 CPL
Club Location State Home grounds Founded Joined league 2021 Position
ANU FC Acton ACT ANU Willows Oval 1962 2019 3rd
Belconnen United McKellar ACT McKellar Park 1970 2023 8th *Relegated from NPL1 2022
Brindabella Blues Calwell ACT Everlast Enclosed 1990 2019 4th
Canberra White Eagles Phillip ACT Woden Park 1992 2019 5th
Canberra Juventus Ainslie ACT Ainslie Fields 1953 2023
Queanbeyan City Queanbeyan NSW High Street Oval 1966 2019 2nd
Wagga City Wanderers Wagga Wagga NSW Gissing Oval 2014 2019 6th
West Canberra Wanderers Pearce ACT Melrose High School (Canberra) 2014 2024

Former Premier League or NPL 2 clubs

Club Location State Home ground Founded Last season
Narrabundah FC Narrabundah ACT Narrabundah 2 1976 2021
Riverina Rhinos Griffith NSW SolarMad Stadium 2014 2020
Southern Tablelands United Goulburn NSW Cookbundoon 2 2017 2019
Tuggeranong United Greenway ACT Greenway Enclosed 1976 2022
Weston-Molonglo FC Waramanga ACT Waramanga Playing Fields 1971 2022
Yoogali SC Griffith NSW SolarMad Stadium 1954 2023

Honours

Capital Premier League seasons (2022–)

Season Regular season Finals Team promoted to NPL1
League Premiers League Runners-Up Champions Score Finalists
2022 Tuggeranong United Queanbeyan City Tuggeranong United 2–1 (AET) Brindabella Blues Tuggeranong United
2023 Yoogali SC Queanbeyan City Yoogali SC 3–0 Queanbeyan City Yoogali SC

NPL2 seasons (2019–2021)

A snapshot of the NPL Capital Football 2 seasons since its inauguration in 2019.[1]

Season Regular season Finals Team promoted to NPL1
League Premiers League Runners-Up Champions Score Finalists
2019 Canberra White Eagles O'Connor Knights ANU FC 5–1 O'Connor Knights
2020 No Premier declared. Wagga City Wanderers 2–2 (5-4 (p)) Yoogali SC
2021 O'Connor Knights ANU FC not held.1 O'Connor Knights

Notes:

1 ACT finals series cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.[11]

NPL2/Capital Premier League all-time record

Premierships
Club Premierships Years
Canberra White Eagles 1 2019
O'Connor Knights 1 2021
Tuggeranong United 1 2022
Yoogali SC 1 2023
Championships
Club Championships Years
ANU FC 1 2019
Wagga City Wanderers 1 2020
Tuggeranong United 1 2022
Yoogali SC 1 2023

Pre-NPL Honours

Pre-NPL seasons (1967–2018)

A snapshot of each ACT division two season between 1967 and 2018 before being aligned with the NPL in 2019.[1]

Legend: BOLD = first league or finals title a club secures

Season Competition Regular season Finals
League Premiers League Runners-Up Champions Score Finalists
1967 Division Two Inter Monaro Kosciusko Inter Monaro 1–0 RAAF
1968 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1969 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1970 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1971 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1972 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1973 Division Two Queanbeyan Macedonia ANU FC No Finals Series held
1974 Division Two ANU FC Belconnen United No Finals Series held
1975 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1976 Division Two Season standings & results unknown
1977 Division Two Canberra United ANU FC Canberra United 3–1 ANU FC
1978 Division Two Queanbeyan Macedonia RMC Queanbeyan Macedonia 3–1 RMC
1979 Division Two Kambah United Concordia Phillip Concordia Phillip 2–1 Kambah United
1980 Division Two Polonia White Eagles JAT United Polonia White Eagles 2–1 Canberra North
1981 Division Two Croatia Deakin Unknown Canberra North 3–2 Croatia Deakin
1982 Division Two Cooma FC RMC Unknown Finals Series results
1983 Division Two RMC Narrabundah Unknown Finals Series results
No Division 2 league run between 1984 and 1986
1987 Division Two Weston Creek Canberra City ANU FC 1–0 Weston Creek
1988 Division Two Queanbeyan Macedonia Canberra City Queanbeyan Macedonia Unknown ANU FC
1989 Division Two ADFA ANU FC Downer Olympic 3–0 ADFA
1990 Division Two Downer Olympic Condors Queanbeyan Macedonia 3–1 Condors
1991 Division Two ADFA Queanbeyan Macedonia ADFA 4–1 Condors
1992 State League One Latin America Unknown University of Canberra Unknown Latin America
1993 State League One Queanbeyan City Unknown Unknown Finals Series results
1994 State League One Canberra White Eagles ANU FC ANU FC Unknown Canberra White Eagles
1995 State League One Queanbeyan City ANU FC Queanbeyan City Unknown score and losing team
1996 State League One ANU FC Burns FC Cooma FC 2–1 ANU FC
1997 State League One Capital City Suns Cooma FC Burns FC 2–1 Capital City Suns
1998 State League One Season standings & results unknown
1999 State League One O'Connor Knights Unknown Unknown score and winning team O'Connor Knights
2000 State League One Unknown league standings ANU FC 1–0 Canberra White Eagles
2001 State League One Cooma FC Unknown Cooma FC Unknown score and losing team
2002 State League One Cooma FC Canberra Olympic UCU Pumas 1–0 Canberra City
2003 State League One O'Connor Knights Canberra City Canberra White Eagles 2–1 O'Connor Knights
2004 State League One Canberra White Eagles ANU FC Canberra White Eagles 2–0 ANU FC
2005 State League One ANU FC Queanbeyan City ANU FC 4–1 Queanbeyan City
2006 State League One Queanbeyan City Tuggeranong United Queanbeyan City 1–0 Tuggeranong United
2007 State League One Cooma FC Southern Tablelands Canberra White Eagles 3–1 Cooma FC
2008 State League One Southern Tablelands Cooma FC Canberra White Eagles 3–2 Narrabundah
2009 State League One Canberra White Eagles Southern Tablelands Canberra White Eagles 1–0 Cooma FC
2010 State League One Canberra White Eagles Queanbeyan City Queanbeyan City 1–0 Canberra White Eagles
2011 State League One Canberra White Eagles O'Connor Knights Canberra White Eagles 5–1 ANU FC
2012 State League One Canberra White Eagles Queanbeyan City Canberra White Eagles 2–1 Queanbeyan City
2013 Capital League Canberra White Eagles (Group A)
Narrabundah (Group B)
ANU FC (Group A)
Queanbeyan City (Group B)
Narrabundah 0–0
(5–3)
Queanbeyan City
2014 Capital League ANU FC Canberra White Eagles Weston Molongo 2–0 ANU FC
2015 Capital League Monaro Panthers ANU FC ANU FC 1–1 (4–3) Canberra White Eagles
2016 Capital League ANU FC Canberra White Eagles ANU FC 6–3 Queanbeyan City
2017 Capital League ANU FC O'Connor Knights ANU FC 5–1 O'Connor Knights
2018 Capital League Queanbeyan City Canberra White Eagles ANU FC 6–1 Canberra White Eagles

Pre-NPL all-time record

Pre-NPL era Division 2 honours since 1967 till 2018, prior to the transition to NPL in 2019.

Premierships
Club Premierships Years
Canberra White Eagles
7
1994, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Queanbeyan City
7
1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2018
ANU FC
6
1974, 1996, 2005, 2014, 2016, 2017
Cooma FC
4
1982, 2001, 2002, 2007
ADFA Vikings
2
1989, 1991
Monaro Panthers
2
1967, 2015
O'Connor Knights
2
1999, 2003
Burns FC
1
1977
AIS
1
1992
Balkan
1
1956
Burns FC
1
1984
Canberra FC
1
1981
Canberra Olympic
1
1990
Capital City Suns
1
1997
Latin America
1
1992
Narrabundah FC
1
2013
Polonia White Eagles
1
1980
RMC
1
1983
Southern Tablelands
1
2008
Tuggeranong United
1
1979
Weston Molongo FC
1
1987
Championships
Club Championships Years
ANU FC
8
1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Canberra White Eagles
7
2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Queanbeyan City
5
1978, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2006
Burns FC
2
1977, 1997
Cooma FC
2
1996, 2001
UCU Pumas
2
1992, 2002
ADFA Vikings
1
1991
Canberra North
1
1981
Canberra Olympic
1
1989
Concordia Phillip
1
1979
Monaro Panthers
1
1967
Narrabundah FC
1
2013
Polonia White Eagles
1
1980
Weston Molongo FC
1
2014

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "ACT Capital League Premiers and Champions list". www.socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ Tiernan, Eamonn (1 August 2018). "Capital Football introduce NPL2 and promotion-relegation next season". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ Tiernan, Eamonn (3 August 2018). "NPL clubs slam Capital Football for introducing NPL2". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ "2019 NPL Applications open to clubs". Capital Football. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ Roberts, Lachlan (28 September 2018). "Capital Football announce teams for NPL1 and NPL2 with mixed reception from clubs". www.the-riotact.com. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ "NPL2 Appeal". Narrabundah FC. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  7. ^ "DECLARATION OF LEAGUES2019 NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUES SENIOR" (PDF). Capital Football. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  8. ^ Grey, Lachlan (15 November 2018). "Wagga City Wanderers formally depart Football NSW State League, shift to Capital Football NPL competition". www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  9. ^ "National Premier Leagues – Mens". Capital Football. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Capital Football NPL Senior League Structure" (PDF). Capital Football. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  11. ^ "CAPITAL FOOTBALL WINTER COMPETITION UPDATE". Capital Football. 7 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
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