Inaugural PYLB season has immediate positive impact as 2024 divisions confirmed

Northern NSW Football can confirm the final standings for its Premier Youth League Boys competition in 2023 and the new divisions for the 2024 season.

The PYL was introduced in 2023, designed to enhance the talented player pathway, enable more competitive football for young players and facilitate more games of best versus best and like versus like.

The transition has had an immediate positive impact on football in NNSWF youth boys leagues by increasing the overall number of matches played and the number of competitive matches for all players, as well as more matches of best.

In comparing the first season of PYL in 2023 to 2022, matches won by four or more goals has decreased by approximately 17 per cent, while matches won by six or more goals has decreased by approximately 13 per cent.

NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley was pleased with the positive success the introduction of the PYL has had for the region’s talented young players and their clubs.

“It has been fantastic to see the immediate impact the Premier Youth League has had on the quality and competitiveness of games,” Bentley said.

“More than one in three matches in the NPL NNSW Youth have resulted in a win or loss by four goals or more over the last four years, with one in five ending with a six or more goal difference over the same time period. That is an average of almost 200 matches every season which are not competitive.

“To work through this change with our clubs and come to and be in a position where there has been immediate and positive impact is fantastic.

“Congratulations to Newcastle Olympic FC for being crowned the inaugural Premier Youth Championships winners after finishing first in Division A.

“We give immense thanks to the club volunteers for their tireless work this year with the PYL competition increasing the number of matches from past seasons.” 

At the start of the 2024 season, the top four clubs from PYL B in 2023 will join the eight clubs in PYL A to establish PYL Division 1.

The bottom four clubs in PYL B will join the remaining clubs from PYL C, and the reintroduction of Toronto Awaba into youth football, to form PYL Division 2, prior to splitting into PYL A, B and C again halfway through the season.

NNSWF has received feedback from clubs regarding the under-18s competition and is working on a solution that balances providing the right football experience to 16 to 18-year-olds and helping them connect with the senior match days within their clubs.

NNSWF will send out a survey to give parents, clubs and coaches the opportunity to give feedback on the competition and help plan for next year.


Final Standings for 2023: 

 Division A Division B Division C

1st

Newcastle Olympic FC

1st

Lake Macquarie City FC

1st

Kahibah FC

2nd

Lambton Jaffas FC

2nd

Mid Coast FC

2nd

West Wallsend FC

3rd

Broadmeadow Magic FC

3rd

New Lambton FC

3rd

Thornton Redbacks FC

4th

Edgeworth Eagles FC

4th

Cooks Hill United FC

4th

NIAS Football Club

5th

Maitland FC

5th

Belmont Swansea United FC

5th

Singleton Strikers FC

6th

Valentine FC

6th

Adamstown Rosebud FC

6th

Cessnock City Hornets FC

7th

North Coast Football

7th

South Cardiff FC

7th

Wallsend FC

8th

Weston Workers FC

8th

Charlestown Azzurri FC 

  

2024 Divisions:

PYL Boys Division 1 – Phase 1 2024

PYL Boys Division 2 – Phase 1 2024:

Broadmeadow Magic FC

Adamstown Rosebud FC

Cooks Hill United FC

Belmont Swansea United FC

Edgeworth Eagles FC

Cessnock City Hornets FC

Lake Macquarie City FC

Charlestown Azzurri FC

Lambton Jaffas FC

Kahibah FC

Maitland FC

NIAS FC

Mid Coast FC

Singleton Strikers FC

New Lambton FC

South Cardiff FC

Newcastle Olympic FC

Thornton Redbacks FC

North Coast Football 

Toronto Awaba FC

Valentine FC

Wallsend FC

Weston Workers FC

West Wallsend FC