The 2018 National Soccer League (NSL) is now set to kick off on January 06 2018 after a NSL managers meeting last Saturday at Ela Beach Hotel.
NSL had purposely held back on starting the competition due to the Christmas festive season which would affect the flow of the competition.
The meeting was opened by PNGFA Snr Vice President John Wesley Gonjuan who chaired the meeting, welcoming all franchise clubs and representatives followed by opening remarks from PNGFA President David Chung.
Chung said he want to see improvement in NSL organization which franchise clubs must be working in partnership with NSL, stakeholders and part owners of NSL franchise clubs for sustainability of NSL clubs.
“Franchise clubs must work together with all stakeholders to improve quality on and off the pitch,” Chung said.
Twelve teams from as far as Manus and Milne Bay have shown interest to participate in the National Soccer League 2018 season.
Defending champions, Lae City Dwellers, Madang and Besta are the three seasoned campaigners.
There is interest from Eastern Stars, which wants to make a re-entry into the competition, while FC Morobe Wawens is banking on their provincial government to foot the bill this season.
Other teams include the two soccer crazy provinces of Manus and Oro, along with Erema Gulf, UNITech, Central, Southern Strikers and a Simbu franchise.
The NSL competition will play a pool system if it’s eight teams and round robin for 6 teams’ competition.
For the 6 teams competition, League Winner and runner up to be determined after home and away round robin while for the 8 team competition, League winner and runner up to be determined after semi-finals between 4 teams (2 top teams from each pool). Other placings based on goals for and against points system.
Each Franchise Club should host home games during round robin while in the pool system no two teams come from the same zone in the same pool.
League winner and runner up qualify for OFC Champions League with PNGFA to meet fees for both teams to the Champions League.
All NSL Franchise clubs are encouraged to take ownership of activities to maintain sustainability and not fall into the in and out syndrome.
All Clubs must be incorporated as a company and be registered with IPA and there is to be no conflict of ownership.
Clubs must also have their home ground or demonstrate their ability to have their own ground to host matches and generate revenue.
NSL is responsible for;
- Match venues and match day expenses for Championship
- Match officials travel and allowances
- Domestic airfares and Land transport for 18 pax – League & Championship
While the Franchise Club is responsible for;
- Match venue and Match day expenses – League round robin
- Accommodation and Meals
- Players expenses
- Land transport
The annual affiliation fee and player registration fee must be paid a month before the competition starts on 06 January 2018. Each franchise clubs are also asked to submit in their master list maximum of 30 players including the team management.
List of foreign players should be no more than 5 with only three can take the field at any one match.
For more information on the annual affiliation fee and players registration fee please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+675) 3232591