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Victorian State League 1

State League 1
Founded1925 (as Division 2)
CountryAustralia
State Victoria
DivisionsNorth-West, South-East
Number of teams24 (from 2 divisions)
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toVictoria Premier League 2
Relegation toState League 2
Domestic cup(s)Australia Cup
Dockerty Cup
Current championsAltona City SC (NW)
FC Melbourne Srbija (SE)
(2023)
Most championshipsHeidelberg United (5 titles)
Current: 2022 Season

State League 1 is a semi-professional association football league in Victoria, Australia. Sitting at level 4 of the Victorian league system, below the three top divisions in Victoria NPL, Victoria Premier League 1 and Victoria Premier League 2; it forms part of the fifth tier of the overall Australian league system. It is the highest-ranked of the five State Leagues.

The league consists of two geographic divisions, North-West and South-East, comprising 12 teams each. The champions of each division are promoted to Victoria Premier League 2; the two bottom-placed teams in each division are replaced with the champions and runners-up of the corresponding State League 2 divisions.

The competition is administered by Football Victoria, the governing body of the sport in the state.

History

The league was founded in 1925 as Division 2 it has had many name changes such as Metropolitan League 1, and Victorian League Division 1. It was only known as State League Division 1 since 1991. Prior to the 2014 season, the league was the second highest in the Victoria. In the 2012 season, Pascoe Vale and Port Melbourne Sharks were promoted to the Victorian Premier League, while Whittlesea Ranges, Dandenong City and Springvale White Eagles were relegated. In the 2013 season, Heidelberg United was promoted back to the Victorian Premier League after being relegated to Victorian State League Division 1 in 2012.

Format

The champions and runners-up of State League Division 1 are promoted to the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 for the 2014 season only. The top two teams of the Victorian State League Division 2 South-East and North-West, the third tier in Victoria and the fourth nationally, are promoted to Victorian State League Division 1 the next season and the bottom two teams the State League Division 1 are relegated. In 2016 FFV announced that there would be relegation and promotion to be introduced in the 2017 season[1] with the champions of State League Division 1 North-West and South-East being promoted and the bottom 2 placed team of NPL3 Victoria being relegated to State League Division 1 North-West and South-East .

Clubs

The following 24 clubs from 2 conferences of 12 who are competing in the Victorian State League Division 1 during the 2024 season.

State League Division 1 North-West

Club Location Ground
Ballarat City Redan Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility
Brimbank Stallions St Albans Club Italia Sporting Club
Corio North Geelong Hume Reserve
FC Clifton Hill Clifton Hill Quarries Park
FC Strathmore Strathmore Strathnaver Reserve
Geelong Corio Stead Park
Sydenham Park Taylors Lakes Keilor Lodge Reserve
Upfield Dallas Gibb Reserve
Western Suburbs West Sunshine Ralph Reserve
Westgate Ardeer Ardeer Reserve
Whittlesea United Epping Gilwell Park
Yarraville Glory Yarraville McIvor Reserve

State League Division 1 South-East

Club Location Ground
Banyule City Yallambie Yallambie Park Reserve
Brandon Park Mulgrave Freeway Reserve
Casey Comets Cranbourne Comets Stadium
Collingwood City Burnley Kevin Bartlett Reserve
Eltham Redbacks Eltham North Eltham North Reserve
Gippsland United Warragul Baxter Park
Malvern City Kooyong Sir Zelman Cowen Reserve
Mazenod Glen Waverley Brandon Park Reserve
Mornington Mornington Dallas Brooks Park
Old Scotch Hawthorn HA Smith Reserve
Springvale White Eagles Keysborough Serbian Sports Centre
South Springvale Springvale Warner Reserve

Past winners

This is the list of past winners for State League Division 1, also called the Metropolitan League Division 1 and Victorian League Division 1.[2]

Year Competition Winner Points
1929 Division 2 Caledonians (1) 25
1930 Division 2 Collingwood (1) 22
1931 Division 2 Box Hill (1) 23
1932 Division 2 Preston (1) 23
1933 Division 2 South Melbourne (1) 23
1934 Division 2 Caledonians (2) 23
1935 Division 2 Moreland (1) 28
1936 Division 2 Nobels (1)[a] 25*
1937 Division 2 Nobels (2) 27
1938 Division 2 Collingwood (2) 32
1939 Division 2 South Melbourne United (1) 24
1940 Division 2 South Yarra (1) 21
1941 Division 2 Navy (1) 18
1942 No Division 2
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948 Division 2 Sandringham (1) 35
1949 Division 2 Bradford (1) 21
1950 Division 2 Western Suburbs (1) 30
1951 Division 2 Footscray JUST (1) 33
1952 Division 2 Moreland (2) 34
1953 Division 2 South Yarra (2) 31
1954 Division 2 George Cross (1) 31
1955 Division 2 Slavia (1) 33
1956 Division 2 Wilhelmina (1) 34
1957 Division 2 George Cross (2) 28
1958 Metropolitan League 1 South
Metropolitan League 1 North
S: Yarra Park (1)
N: Footscray Capri (1)
S: 32
N: 32
1959 Metropolitan League 1 South
Metropolitan League 1 North
S: Melbourne Hungaria (1)
N: Preston Croatia (1)
S: 35
N: 31
1960 Metropolitan League 1 South
Metropolitan League 1 North
S: Richmond Alemannia (1)
N: South Melbourne Hellas (1)
S: 32
N: 35
1961 Metropolitan League 1 South
Metropolitan League 1 North
S: Preston Croatia (2)
N: Lions (1)
S: 34
N: 30
1962 Division 1 South
Division 1 North
S: Croatia (3)
N: Richmond (2)
S: 39
N: 35
1963 Division 1 South
Division 1 North
S: Triestina (1)
N: Alexander (1)
S: 39
N: 40
1964 Division 1 Croatia (4) 39
1965 Metropolitan League Division 1 Alexander (2) 34
1966 Metropolitan League Division 1 Makedonia Preston (1) 37
1967 Metropolitan League Division 1 Ringwood City Wilhelmena (2) 37
1968 Metropolitan League Division 1 Box Hill (1) 35
1969 Metropolitan League Division 1 Fitzroy United Alexander (3) 37
1970 Metropolitan League Division 1 Box Hill (2) 33
1971 Metropolitan League Division 1 Elwood Austria (1) 36
1972 Metropolitan League Division 1 Prahran Slavia (2) 34
1973 Metropolitan League Division 1 Mooroolbark United (1) 37
1974 Metropolitan League Division 1 Sunshine City (1) 36
1975 Metropolitan League Division 1 Makedonia Preston (2) 34
1976 Metropolitan League Division 1 Green Gully (1) 36
1977 Metropolitan League Division 1 Albion Rovers (1) 35
1978 Metropolitan League Division 1 Croydon City (1) 38
1979 Metropolitan League Division 1 Western Suburbs (1) 33
1980 Metropolitan League Division 1 Doveton (1) 32
1981 Metropolitan League Division 1 Maribyrnong Polonia (1) 35
1982 Metropolitan League Division 1 Fawkner (1) 46
1983 Metropolitan League Division 1 Western Suburbs (2) 32
1984 Metropolitan League Division 1 Springvale City (1) 41
1985 Victorian League Division 1 Melbourne Hungaria (2) 37
1986 Victorian League Division 1 Oakleigh (1) 44
1987 Victorian League Division 1 Bulleen (1) 42
1988 Victorian League Division 1 Frankston Pines (1) 40
1989 Victorian League Division 1 Mooroolbark (2) 36
1990 Victorian League Division 1 Doveton (1) 39
1991 State League Division 1 North Geelong Warriors (1) 44
1992 State League Division 1 Springvale City (2) 47
1993 State League Division 1 Werribee City (1) 37
1994 State League Division 1 Doncaster Rovers (1) 36
1995 State League Division 1 Bentleigh Greens (1) 55
1996 State League Division 1 Springvale White Eagles (1) 55
1997 State League Division 1 South Dandenong (1) 63
1998 State League Division 1 Westvale (1) 73
1999 State League Division 1 Oakleigh (2) 56
2000 State League Division 1 South Dandenong (2) 56
2001 State League Division 1 Whittlesea Stallions (1) 46
2002 State League Division 1 Frankston Pines (2) 47
2003 State League Division 1 Oakleigh Cannons (3) 52
2004 State League Division 1 Heidelberg United (4) 46
2005 State League Division 1 Kingston City (1) 53
2006 State League Division 1 Western Suburbs (3) 43
2007 State League Division 1 Frankston Pines (3) 47
2008 State League Division 1 Sunshine Georgies (3) 51
2009 State League Division 1 Northcote City (1) 45
2010 State League Division 1 Springvale White Eagles (2) 39
2011 State League Division 1 Whittlesea Zebras (1) 44
2012 State League Division 1 Pascoe Vale (1) 50
2013 State League Division 1 Heidelberg United (5) 46
2014 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Eastern Lions (1)
NW: Moreland City (3)
SE: 54
NW: 45
2015 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Mornington (1)
NW: Western Suburbs (4)
SE: 53
NW: 45
2016 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Mornington (2)
NW: Altona Magic (1)
SE: 59
NW: 53
2017 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Langwarrin (1)
NW: Altona Magic (2)
SE: 46
NW: 53
2018 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Manningham United (2)
NW: Geelong (1)
SE: 52
NW: 46
2019 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Nunawading City (1)
NW: Preston Lions (3)
SE: 50
NE: 52
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19.
2021 Season cancelled due to COVID-19.
2022 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: Beaumaris (1)
NW: Caroline Springs George Cross (4)
SE: 48
NE: 55
2023 State League Division 1 South-East
State League Division 1 North-West
SE: FC Melbourne Srbija (1)
NW: Altona City SC (1)
SE: 51
NE: 54
Legend
  • N: North
  • NW: North-West
  • S: South
  • SE: South-East

Records

Most points in a season: 75, Westvale (1998)[3]

Fewest points in a season: -1, Melton Reds (1998)[3]

Fewest points while winning the title: 18, Navy (1941)[4]

Most points without winning the title: 62, Moorabbin City (1997)[5]

Most goals scored in a single season: 110, Moreland FC (1952)[6]

Most goals conceded in a single season: 174, Melton Reds (1998)[3]

Most titles: 5, Heidelberg United

Most consecutive titles: 2, Nobels (1936–1937); Melbourne Knights (1961–1962); Mornington (2015–2016); Altona Magic (2016–2017)

Notes

  1. ^ No Final Table

References

  1. ^ "SL1 to NPL promotion and relegation" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Victorian State League Archive". Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "1998 State League 1 Table".
  4. ^ "1941 Victorian division two table".
  5. ^ "1997 State League 1 Table".
  6. ^ "1952 Division 2 Table".
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