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A-League Youth

"National Youth League (Australia)" redirects here. For predecessor of this competition, see National Youth League (1984–2004).

A-League Youth, formerly known as the National Youth League and Y-League, is an Australian national soccer youth developmental and under-21s reserve league, run by Football Federation Australia. The current league was established as a successor to the previous competition of the National Youth League (1984–2004) and commenced in August 2008. The league runs in conjunction with the A-League Men as a developmental/reserve league. The men’s, women’s and youth leagues brought together under a unified A-Leagues banner.

A-League Youth
Founded2008
CountryAustralia
ConfederationAFC
Conferences2
Number of teams10
Current championsSydney FC Youth (2019–20)
Most championshipsSydney FC Youth (5)
TV partnersFox Sports
Websitey-league.com.au

In 2020 it was contested by ten teams, all of which competed in the A-League. From the 2020–21 season, the league is expanding to eleven teams with the introduction of Western United.

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Foundation

A previous league under the same name, the National Youth League was an Australian national soccer league run in parallel to the National Soccer League (NSL) between 1984 and 2004.[citation needed]

The current league was announced by Football Federation Australia at the start of March 2008. It was set up in conjunction with the A-League in order to continue to develop young Australian talent into the league as well as into the Australian national team and its affiliates such as the under 17, under 20 and under 23 teams. The league's inaugural season was made up of seven teams, each linked to the corresponding Australian club in the A-League (excluding Wellington Phoenix) and had strong links to players training at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). The 2009–10 season saw the addition of Gold Coast United and a team from the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program.[citation needed]

Expansion

In the 2012–13 season, Gold Coast United were replaced by Western Sydney Wanderers. In April 2017, the closing of the FFA Centre of Excellence (previously the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program) was announced. Before the 2017–18 season, it was announced that Canberra United were granted a National Youth League licence.

All players in the youth teams are between the ages of 16 and 21 as of the start of the calendar year for each new season, while four over-age players from each of the senior teams are also allowed to be selected.

The competition was renamed "A-League Youth" to align with other Australian national competitions in September 2021.

Each club contracts a squad of 16 Youth Development Players. Players must be between the ages of 16 and 23 as of 1 January in the year the season commences. Four over-age players (including goalkeeper) are also allowed to be selected (except when playing the AIS where it is restricted to two), usually these coming from the senior team. Each youth player must receive a minimum of 30 minutes game time. Players under 21 signed for the first team filling foreign player spots are classed as over-age players. These players can be any Australian player within the age group. A-League clubs must draw replacement players for their senior teams from the Youth League squad, except under certain circumstances. Such would include severe injuries to over-age players where an injury replacement player is able to be signed.

Original format

Up until and including the 2014–15 season the league had an 18-round format with every team playing all other teams Home and Away. In previous seasons an end-of-season finals series playoff tournament was played between the highest-placed teams from the regular season, culminating in the Grand Final game. The aim of a league is to provide a pathway for young players and state league players to play regular high-level football, and allow reserve players from senior A-League teams to remain match fit.

Introduction of conferences

From the 2015–16 season a new format was introduced. From 2016, all A-League clubs now have youth teams entered into their local conferences of the National Premier Leagues. By having NPL teams, there is now less reliance on the NYL to provide an avenue for youth players to their respective clubs. There was also pressure from A-League clubs to reduce travel budgets. As such the season was shortened from 18 games per team to 8 games plus a Grand Final. The existing ten NYL teams were divided into two conferences of five teams: Conference A consisted of teams from WA, SA, Victoria and Queensland, while teams from ACT and NSW were in Conference B. All teams play all other teams in their conference on a home and away basis. After the home and away series a Grand Final is played between the top teams from each conference.

12 clubs have played in the A-League Youth from its inception in 2008, up to and including the 2019–20 season.

The following 10 clubs competed in the Y-League during the 2019–20 season.

Current Clubs
Conference A
Team Location Stadium Joined Head Coach
Adelaide United Youth Adelaide, SA Marden Sports Complex 2008–09 Paul Pezos
Brisbane Roar Youth Brisbane, QLD Lanham Park 2008–09 Warren Moon
Melbourne City Youth Melbourne, VIC CB Smith Reserve 2011–12 Petr Kratky
Melbourne Victory Youth Melbourne, VIC Epping Stadium 2008–09 Gareth Naven
Perth Glory Youth Perth, WA Dorrien Gardens 2008–09 Richard Garcia
Conference B
Team Location Stadium Joined Head Coach
Central Coast Mariners Academy Gosford, NSW Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence 2008–09 Nick Montgomery
Canberra United Youth Canberra, ACT Australian Institute of Sport 2017–18 Ray Junna
Newcastle Jets Youth Newcastle, NSW Newcastle No.2 Sportsground 2008–09 Daniel McBreen
Sydney FC Youth Sydney, NSW Leichhardt Oval / Netstrata Jubilee Stadium 2008–09 Jim Van Weeren
Western Sydney Wanderers Youth Sydney, NSW Marconi Stadium / Popondetta Park 2012–13 Arthur Diles
Defunct Clubs
Team Location Stadium Joined Dissolved
Gold Coast United Youth Gold Coast, QLD Owen Park 2008–09 2011
FFA Centre of Excellence Canberra, ACT Australian Institute of Sport 2009–10 2017

Champions

Wins by club

Since 2013, the competition has Foxtel as the naming rights sponsor.

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  2. Matthew Comino (9 December 2020). "Around the grounds: Stefan Nigro joins Mariners, Western United announce NPL venture". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved10 December 2020.
  3. "National Youth League to start in August". A-League. 5 March 2008. Retrieved27 May 2008.
  4. "Youth 'A-League' to kick off in August". Fox Sports. 5 March 2008. Retrieved27 May 2008.
  5. "Launch Dates On Track". FourFourTwo (Australia). 1 July 2008. Retrieved15 August 2008.
  6. Davutovic, David (26 April 2017). "Centre of Excellence to close doors in August". Herald Sun.
  7. "Canberra United granted Foxtel National Youth League licence". Canberra United. 15 September 2017.
  8. "Australia's football leagues rebranded as A-League Men and A-League Women". ABC News. 29 September 2021. Retrieved29 September 2021.
  9. David Lewis. "National Youth League in danger of axe as clubs prepare to pull out". SBS.
  10. "FFA announces revamped 2015/16 Foxtel NYL". Retrieved30 September 2015.
  11. Lynch, Joey (24 January 2021). "Y-League cancelled for 2021 as APL flags reform for Australia's talent pipeline". ESPN. Retrieved24 January 2021.
  12. "Foxtel and Football Federation Australia announce new grassroots initiative". Foxtel. 8 April 2013.

A-League Youth
A League Youth Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Y League National Youth League Australia redirects here For predecessor of this competition see National Youth League 1984 2004 A League Youth formerly known as the National Youth League and Y League is an Australian national soccer youth developmental and under 21s reserve league run by Football Federation Australia The current league was established as a successor to the previous competition of the National Youth League 1984 2004 and commenced in August 2008 The league runs in conjunction with the A League Men as a developmental reserve league The men s women s and youth leagues brought together under a unified A Leagues banner 1 A League YouthFounded2008Country AustraliaConfederationAFCConferences2Number of teams10Current championsSydney FC Youth 2019 20 Most championshipsSydney FC Youth 5 TV partnersFox SportsWebsitey league wbr com wbr au In 2020 it was contested by ten teams all of which competed in the A League From the 2020 21 season the league is expanding to eleven teams with the introduction of Western United 2 Contents 1 History 1 1 Foundation 1 2 Expansion 2 Competition format 2 1 Original format 2 2 Introduction of conferences 3 Clubs 4 Honours 4 1 Champions 4 2 Wins by club 5 Sponsorship 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksHistory Edit Adelaide United Brisbane Roar Canberra United Central Coast Mariners FFA CoE Gold Coast United Melbourne City Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets Perth Glory Sydney FC Western Sydney Wanderers Foundation Edit A previous league under the same name the National Youth League was an Australian national soccer league run in parallel to the National Soccer League NSL between 1984 and 2004 citation needed The current league was announced by Football Federation Australia at the start of March 2008 3 4 It was set up in conjunction with the A League in order to continue to develop young Australian talent into the league as well as into the Australian national team and its affiliates such as the under 17 under 20 and under 23 teams 5 The league s inaugural season was made up of seven teams each linked to the corresponding Australian club in the A League excluding Wellington Phoenix and had strong links to players training at the Australian Institute of Sport AIS The 2009 10 season saw the addition of Gold Coast United and a team from the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program citation needed Expansion Edit In the 2012 13 season Gold Coast United were replaced by Western Sydney Wanderers In April 2017 the closing of the FFA Centre of Excellence previously the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program was announced 6 Before the 2017 18 season it was announced that Canberra United were granted a National Youth League licence 7 All players in the youth teams are between the ages of 16 and 21 as of the start of the calendar year for each new season while four over age players from each of the senior teams are also allowed to be selected The competition was renamed A League Youth to align with other Australian national competitions in September 2021 8 Competition format EditEach club contracts a squad of 16 Youth Development Players Players must be between the ages of 16 and 23 as of 1 January in the year the season commences Four over age players including goalkeeper are also allowed to be selected except when playing the AIS where it is restricted to two usually these coming from the senior team Each youth player must receive a minimum of 30 minutes game time Players under 21 signed for the first team filling foreign player spots are classed as over age players 3 These players can be any Australian player within the age group A League clubs must draw replacement players for their senior teams from the Youth League squad except under certain circumstances 3 Such would include severe injuries to over age players where an injury replacement player is able to be signed Original format Edit Up until and including the 2014 15 season the league had an 18 round format with every team playing all other teams Home and Away In previous seasons an end of season finals series playoff tournament was played between the highest placed teams from the regular season culminating in the Grand Final game The aim of a league is to provide a pathway for young players and state league players to play regular high level football and allow reserve players from senior A League teams to remain match fit Introduction of conferences Edit From the 2015 16 season a new format was introduced From 2016 all A League clubs now have youth teams entered into their local conferences of the National Premier Leagues By having NPL teams there is now less reliance on the NYL to provide an avenue for youth players to their respective clubs There was also pressure from A League clubs to reduce travel budgets 9 As such the season was shortened from 18 games per team to 8 games plus a Grand Final The existing ten NYL teams were divided into two conferences of five teams Conference A consisted of teams from WA SA Victoria and Queensland while teams from ACT and NSW were in Conference B All teams play all other teams in their conference on a home and away basis After the home and away series a Grand Final is played between the top teams from each conference 10 Clubs Edit12 clubs have played in the A League Youth from its inception in 2008 up to and including the 2019 20 season The following 10 clubs competed in the Y League during the 2019 20 season Current ClubsConference ATeam Location Stadium Joined Head CoachAdelaide United Youth Adelaide SA Marden Sports Complex 2008 09 Paul PezosBrisbane Roar Youth Brisbane QLD Lanham Park 2008 09 Warren MoonMelbourne City Youth Melbourne VIC CB Smith Reserve 2011 12 Petr KratkyMelbourne Victory Youth Melbourne VIC Epping Stadium 2008 09 Gareth NavenPerth Glory Youth Perth WA Dorrien Gardens 2008 09 Richard GarciaConference BTeam Location Stadium Joined Head CoachCentral Coast Mariners Academy Gosford NSW Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence 2008 09 Nick MontgomeryCanberra United Youth Canberra ACT Australian Institute of Sport 2017 18 Ray JunnaNewcastle Jets Youth Newcastle NSW Newcastle No 2 Sportsground 2008 09 Daniel McBreenSydney FC Youth Sydney NSW Leichhardt Oval Netstrata Jubilee Stadium 2008 09 Jim Van WeerenWestern Sydney Wanderers Youth Sydney NSW Marconi Stadium Popondetta Park 2012 13 Arthur DilesDefunct ClubsTeam Location Stadium Joined DissolvedGold Coast United Youth Gold Coast QLD Owen Park 2008 09 2011FFA Centre of Excellence Canberra ACT Australian Institute of Sport 2009 10 2017Honours EditChampions Edit Season Champion2008 09 Sydney FC2009 10 Gold Coast United2015 16 Sydney FC2016 17 Melbourne City2017 18 Western Sydney Wanderers2018 19 Brisbane Roar2019 20 Sydney FC2020 21 Tournament cancelled due to COVID 19 pandemic 11 Wins by club Edit Club Championships Winning yearsSydney FC Youth 3 2008 09 2015 16 2019 20Gold Coast United Youth 1 2009 10Melbourne City Youth 2 2016 17Brisbane Roar Youth 1 2018 19Western Sydney Wanderers Youth 1 2017 18Sponsorship EditSince 2013 the competition has Foxtel as the naming rights sponsor 12 See also Edit Australia portal Soccer portalReferences Edit Official site on 30 September 2021 Retrieved 3 October 2021 Matthew Comino 9 December 2020 Around the grounds Stefan Nigro joins Mariners Western United announce NPL venture Football Federation Australia Retrieved 10 December 2020 a b c National Youth League to start in August A League 5 March 2008 Retrieved 27 May 2008 Youth A League to kick off in August Fox Sports 5 March 2008 Retrieved 27 May 2008 Launch Dates On Track FourFourTwo Australia 1 July 2008 Retrieved 15 August 2008 Davutovic David 26 April 2017 Centre of Excellence to close doors in August Herald Sun Canberra United granted Foxtel National Youth League licence Canberra United 15 September 2017 Australia s football leagues rebranded as A League Men and A League Women ABC News 29 September 2021 Retrieved 29 September 2021 David Lewis National Youth League in danger of axe as clubs prepare to pull out SBS FFA announces revamped 2015 16 Foxtel NYL Retrieved 30 September 2015 Lynch Joey 24 January 2021 Y League cancelled for 2021 as APL flags reform for Australia s talent pipeline ESPN Retrieved 24 January 2021 Foxtel and Football Federation Australia announce new grassroots initiative Foxtel 8 April 2013 External links EditY League official website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title A League Youth amp oldid 1047920543, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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