Photo: John Boulous, CEO of FFT, has sent a proposed league structure for 2011 to all club presidents [PlessPix]
Football Federation Tasmania has sent a league structure proposal for the 2011 season to all southern club presidents.
The presidents will meet with FFT tonight to discuss the proposal. FFT have allowed me to publish the letter in advance of tonight's meeting.
The proposed structure is outlined below in the FFT letter to all presidents:
As you would be aware over the last few months a competition working group has come together on several occasions to discuss the structure of the Southern senior competitions. Based on the discussion within this group and subsequent recommendation, the Board has approved the following competition structure effective for the 2011 season.
Forestry Tasmania Men’s Southern Premier League – 2 tiers (8 Premier Clubs)
Premier Reserve (open age)
Men’s Southern League 1 – 2 tiers (6 clubs minimum)
Southern League 1
Southern League 1 Reserves (open age)
Automatic promotion and relegation between Premier League and Southern League 1
Premier Under 19 – (Compulsory for the 8 Premier Clubs – to be fixtured in line with Premier League home matches)
Premier Under 19
Women’s Premier League – 2 tiers
Southern Women’s League 1 – Women’s
Southern Women’s League 2 – Women’s
Southern League 2 – Men’s
Southern League 3 – Men’s
Southern League 4 – Men’s
Southern League Over 35’s – Men’s
Under 19 (Open to all clubs)
Under 17 – as many divisions as required
Under 15 – as many divisions as required
Under 14 – as many divisions as required
Under 13 – as many divisions as required
Under 16 (girls) - as many divisions as required
Under 14 (girls) - as many divisions as required
Under 13 (girls) - as many divisions as required
In summary club team entry requirements are outlined below;
The minimum team entry requirements for a Forestry Tasmania Premier League Club;
Premier League Reserves
Premier League Under 19’s
A minimum of three teams entered within the Youth Under 13 and 17 age groups. There can be multiple teams entered in the same age group. FFT development staff will work with any clubs that require assistance in establishing or increasing the number of youth teams.
The minimum team entry requirements for Southern League 1 clubs;
Southern League 1
Southern League Reserves
Southern League 1 clubs will produce and discuss with FFT their plan detailing youth development and team entry for 2011 and what assistance from FFT development staff is required. Southern League 1 clubs will need to meet the youth team entry requirements for the commencement of the 2012 season for promotion to the Premier League. It is vitally important that Southern League 1 clubs are proactive in the area of youth development.
The minimum team entry requirements for Womens Premier League Clubs;
Premier League Reserves
A minimum of one team entered with the Girls Youth Under 13 – 15 age groups.
Under this structure, Premier League and Southern League 1 male and female clubs will be asked to demonstrate a strong commitment to youth development. Whilst in 2011 the demands on youth structure for Premier League clubs is much increased that that of Southern league 1 clubs, it is envisaged that FFT will be able to work with all clubs to grow their youth development and develop strong relationships to ensure a complete pathway.
These youth teams will underpin the club’s senior teams and clubs will be assisted and encouraged to form effective relationships with junior association schools and clubs to form a pathway from Under 6 to senior age groups. Many clubs are at different stages of development; however both Premier and Southern League Clubs through positive relationships with Junior association Under 12 schools and clubs, should be establishing Under 13 teams that with their progression will be the senior players of the future.
With the above structure in place we will now commence the upgrade of the Competition rules with your consultation, to reflect this structure.
If you have any questions or require clarification don’t hesitate to contact Mike McKenna, Competitions Manager or myself.
Chief Executive Officer
Football Federation Tasmania