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A-League National Youth League
A-League NYL logo.png
Countries Australia Australia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2008
Number of teams 9
Current champions SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC (2008-09)
Most championships SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC (1)
Soccerball current event.svg National Youth League 2009–10

The A-League National Youth League is a Australian national football (soccer) league run in parallel to the A-League. 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. The league was announced by Football Federation Australia at the start of March 2008, and the inaugural league started in August 2008 alongside the A-League 2008–09 season.[1][2] Although in a July interview with Ben Buckley, he stated the competition would start in September, after the finish of the various state leagues.[3]

On 21 February 2009, Sydney FC were the inaugural winners of the National Youth League, defeating Adelaide United in the final 2-0. The goals were scored by defender Ibrahim Haydar and striker Robbie Mileski in either half.



The season has a 27 round format which runs in parallel with the A-League. Due to the odd number of teams, each club only plays 24 games, with 3 bye rounds.


Player regulations

Each club contracts a squad of about 14 Youth Development Players. Players must be between the ages of 16 and 21 as of 1 January in the year the season commences. Four over-age players (including goalkeeper) are also allowed to be selected, 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.[1]

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.[1] Such would include severe injuries to over-age players where an injury replacement player is able to be signed.


Team City Entered Competition
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United South Australia Adelaide, SA 2008-09 -
AIScolours.png Australian Institute of Sport Australian Capital Territory Canberra, ACT 2009-10 -
QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Queensland Brisbane, Qld 2008-09 -
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners New South Wales Gosford, NSW 2008-09 -
GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United Queensland Gold Coast, Qld 2009-10 -
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Vic 2008-09 -
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets New South Wales Newcastle, NSW 2008-09 -
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Western Australia Perth, WA 2008-09 -
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC New South Wales Sydney, NSW 2008-09 -

Wellington Phoenix had considered having a Youth League team based in Canberra,[4] but later put these plans on hold.[5]

A Tasmanian youth team, organised by Football Federation Tasmania, played four friendly matches against A-League youth teams during the 2008–09 season.[6]


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