Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  FFT CEO John Boulous released the league format today [PlessPix]

The cat is out of the bag at last.

Football Federation Tasmania today released the format for the competitions below the Victory League.

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Photo:  John Boulous with his back to the wall?  The FFT CEO is sure to be inundated with questions about the format below the Victory League [PlessPix]

Here is the FFT information, which was issued under the name of CEO John Boulous:

State-wide League

Victory League

8 clubs

Devonport City, Launceston City, Northern Rangers, Glenorchy Knights, Tilford Zebras, Olympia FC Warriors, South Hobart and Kingborough Lions

Regional Leagues

Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (SPL)

12 team league

The clubs eligible for the SPL shall consist of the five U20 Southern Victory League teams, plus those teams currently eligible for SPL in 2013 (based on 2012 criteria) (being NewTown Eagles, Clarence, Beachside, Taroona and Nelson Eastern Suburbs) plus the NTC.

The under 20’s teams of the Victory League Clubs participating in the SPL shall consist of under 20 players plus up to 5 over age players who must have been named in the Victory League squad of that club.

Clubs that participated in 2012 in either the SPL or Southern League One competitions that have not been identified above (being Derwent United, Hobart United, Metro, Southern FC, University) will have the opportunity to submit an application to FFT for the remaining 12th position. Clubs unsuccessful or that do not wish to submit an application for this remaining position, will nominate senior teams into the Southern League One competition and below and youth teams in to underage competitions.

Southern Senior and Social Leagues

Southern League 1

Southern League 2

Southern League 3

Southern League 4

Over 35’s

Southern Underage Leagues

Under 20 – (multiple divisions)

Under 16 – (multiple divisions)

Under 14 – (multiple divisions)

Southern Victory League and SPL Club requirements

A Victory League Club (Club with highest team in Victory League) will be required to field the following mandatory teams in the following competitions;

Victory League – one team

SPL – one team (Under 20’s with up to 5 overage players who have been named in the Victory league Squad of that club)

Under 20’s – minimum of one team

Under 16’s – minimum of one team

Under 14’s – minimum of one team

Demonstrated relationship with or fielding teams in Junior Association competitions (Under 12 and below)

An SPL Club (Club with highest team in SPL) will be required to fill the following mandatory teams;

SPL – one team

Under 20’s minimum of one team

Under 16’s minimum of one team

Under 14’s minimum of one team

Clubs may and are encouraged to enter as many teams as possible into the Southern League 1. 2, 3, 4 and Over 35 competitions.

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Photo: University are one club unlikely to be celebrating the new format [PlessPix]

Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League (NPL)

9 team league

The clubs eligible for the NPL shall consist of the six existing NPL clubs not offered a Victory League licence plus the three U20 Northern Victory League teams.

The Under 20’s teams of the Victory League clubs participating in the NPL shall consist of under 20’s players plus up to three named over age players who must be recognised by the CEO of FFT as stalwart club players AND up to five players who have been named in the Victory league Squad of that club.

Northern Senior and Social Leagues

Northern League 1

Northern League 2/Over35

Northern Underage Leagues

Under 20

Under 16

Under 14

Northern Victory League and NPL Club requirements

A Victory League Club (Club with highest team in Victory League) will be required to field the following mandatory teams in the following competitions;

Victory League – one team

NPL – one team (Under 20’s with up to 5 overage players who have been named in the Victory league Squad of that club)

Northern League 1 – one team

Under 20’s - one team

Under 16’s – minimum of one team

Under 14’s – minimum of one team

Demonstrated relationship with or fielding teams in Junior Association competitions (Under 12 and below)

An NPL Club (Club with highest team in NPL) will be required to fill the following mandatory teams;

NPL – one team

Northern League 1 – one team

Under 20’s - one team

Under 16’s – minimum of one team

Under 14’s – minimum of one team

Clubs may and are encouraged to enter as many teams as possible into the Northern League 2/Over 35 competitions.

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+1 #160 Anonymous 2012-10-04 11:01
Quoting Anonymous:
Word on the Street is that FFT may have Changed the Underpinning League Structure as some Victory League clubs may not have been able to Meet the Requirements this has a distinct Smell from the South about!

FFT ,Shonky from the start to finish
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+2 #159 anonymous 2012-10-04 10:19
hot news chelsea Man utd Man City have joined a european super league but dont worry the english fa have said they can play their reserve team in the premier league
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+5 #158 Anonymous 2012-10-04 05:14
Quoting Steffan Elliott:
The best structure is simple :
V- League
V-league u/20s inc NTC
SPL 3 existing and 7 league 1
SPL reserves
u/20
u/18
u/16
u/14
A game for everyone at all levels .


This appears the way forward JB.
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+1 #157 Anonymous 2012-10-04 01:30
the only problem with the system in my opinion is that there should be a league just for the Victory league under 20's.
they should play curtain raiser games for the Victory league games and have the same system as the senior league.
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-6 #156 anonymous 2012-10-03 23:39
#153 Is it the best structure because that's what you prefer and of course the other 100 bloggers , so you are right and FFT is wrong .
Simple just ask the blog before we implement anything and then it's got to be correct.
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+5 #155 Steffan Elliott 2012-10-03 09:23
Anonymous153 I live in hope
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+4 #154 Anonymous 2012-10-03 04:37
#151 shouldn't be in the V League if you can't meet the requirements. This does give FFT discredabilty as this just gives more that the nominations was just a smoke screen. Why nominate if you can't deliver, this is going from bad to worse
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+4 #153 Anonymous 2012-10-03 04:27
Quoting Steffan Elliott:
The best structure is simple :
V- League
V-league u/20s inc NTC
SPL 3 existing and 7 league 1
SPL reserves
u/20
u/18
u/16
u/14
A game for everyone at all levels .

Steffan, surely that is too obvious, simple and inclusive for FFT to implement!
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+8 #152 Anonymous 2012-10-03 04:25
judgin from the amount of downs on each comment (which is largely just one or two) it looks like John and Sean have been spending a bit of time on the blog this week!
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+8 #151 Anonymous 2012-10-03 00:17
Word on the Street is that FFT may have Changed the Underpinning League Structure as some Victory League clubs may not have been able to Meet the Requirements this has a distinct Smell from the South about!
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+9 #150 Anonymous 2012-10-02 22:54
Well said Steffan. Its not that difficult. Really, you'd think FFT would have pushed the model you have posted moreso than their current one considering they want to lift the standard of competition. Pitting the vleague u20's in the SPL is a copout, they won't have to travel etc. Yes FFT/John, its not rocket science. How could you not realise the need for the above structure? NTC and the u/20's won't get as much out of playing in a 12team SPL.
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