Reigning premiers and champions Lambton Jaffas FC will face Lake Macquarie City FC to kick off the 2024 NPL Men’s NNSW competition.
Northern NSW Football announced the draw for its 2024 premier competitions on Thursday, including its top tier men’s competition.
In July, NNSWF announced the return of promotion and relegation to its senior men’s competitions from the 2024 season.
Lambton, who downed Broadmeadow Magic 2-1 in a fiery grand final, travel to Macquarie Field to start the new campaign against Lakes on Saturday 24 February.
Elsewhere in round one, Broadmeadow Magic FC will host Adamstown Rosebud FC at Magic Park on Friday 23 February. Cooks Hill United FC will take on Newcastle Olympic FC at No.2 Sportsground and Weston Workers FC will travel to Jack McLaughlan Oval to face Edgeworth FC on Saturday 24 February.
Maitland FC will take on Valentine FC with match details to be confirmed.
Promotion and relegation returns
The 12 clubs competing in the 2023 NPL Men’s NNSW will remain in the 2024 competition. At the end of the 2024 season, the team that comes 12th in the NPL Men’s NNSW will be relegated to HIT106.9 Northern League One, while the team that finishes first in HIT106.9 Northern League One will be promoted to NPL Men’s NNSW.
The team that finishes 11th in the NPL Men’s NNSW will join teams that finish second, third and fourth in HIT106.9 Northern League One in a promotion/relegation play-off series to determine the 12th team in the NPL Men’s NNSW in 2025. This will involve the 11th team from the NPL Men’s NNSW playing the fourth team from HIT106.9 Northern League One, and the second and third teams from HIT106.9 Northern League One, playing each other in two-legged home and away matches. The two winners will then meet in a one-leg play-off final to decide who will play in the NPL Men’s NNSW competition.
Inaugural NNSWF Charity Shield
Next year will also see the inaugural NNSWF Charity Shield take place at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Friday February 16. The one-off match will see reigning premiers and champions Lambton Jaffas FC up against Men’s State Cup winners Broadmeadow Magic FC with proceeds going to a nominated charity.
The match will be played as a double header alongside the NPL Women’s premiers and champions Broadmeadow Magic and Women’s State Cup winners Maitland FC.
The finals structure of the NPL Men’s NNSW competition will remain unchanged.
NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley said he looked forward to an exciting 2024 NPL Men’s NNSW season.
“Last year was one of the most thrilling NPL Men’s NNSW seasons we’ve had, with the race for the premiership coming down to the final whistle, so I’m really looking forward to another great year of competition,” Bentley said.
“The return of promotion and relegation in the 2024 season is a huge positive and a massive step forward for football in the region.
“Lambton Jaffas have been one of the benchmark sides for a couple of seasons but there are so many strong clubs across the competition now which is great for football in northern NSW.
“We wish everyone all the best for the 2024 season.”
There will also be special commemorative rounds for Female Football Week as well as Make it Red Weekend for Heartbeat of Football Round, Indigenous Round, Mental Health Round and Pride Round.
NPL Men’s NNSW match days will feature first and reserve grade matches only, with the youth component of NPL Men’s NNSW moving to the new Premier Youth League Boys competition last season.
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2024 NPL Men’s NNSW Round One Fixtures
Broadmeadow Magic FC v Adamstown Rosebud FC – Magic Park – Friday 23 February – 8pm
Edgeworth FC v Weston Workers FC – Jack McLaughlan Oval – Saturday 24 February – 2.30pm
Cooks Hill United FC v Newcastle Olympic FC – No.2 Sportsground – Saturday 24 February – 5pm
Lake Macquarie City FC v Lambton Jaffas FC – Macquarie Field – Saturday 24 February – 7pm
Charlestown Azzurri FC v New Lambton FC – Lisle Carr Oval – Sunday 24 February – 2.30pm
Maitland FC v Valentine FC – match details to be confirmed
All fixtures are subject to change.
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