Constructive discussions are advancing between AFL Tasmania, the Northern Tasmania Football Association [NTFA] and Northern clubs around the makeup of the Northern Premier League kicking off in 2025.

A process is underway to determine which clubs will compete in the soon-to-be-established competition.
AFL Tasmania opened an Expressions of Interest process with Northern Clubs in September to finalise participating clubs for the six-team league.

Submissions of formal applications – addressing selection criteria – are due later this month, with applications to be assessed by a selection panel consisting of NTFA and AFL Tasmania representatives.

An announcement on successful applications is set be made prior to the commencement of the 2024 season.

AFL Tasmania Community Football Manager Tom Barwick:
“The restructure of competitions to create Premier Leagues represents a generational change in the Tasmanian Community Football landscape and is part of AFL Tasmania’s commitment to sustaining three strong regional competitions in our state.

“Conversations with Northern Clubs remain ongoing and have been constructive as all parties seek to achieve the best outcomes for football in Tasmania’s North. AFL Tasmania is confident that collectively we will deliver strong results for community football in the North of the State.

“Resolving this [the Premier League application and selection process] in the timeframe that we have planned will provide certainty to clubs moving forward and enable them to commence planning accordingly.

“AFL Tasmania will continue working with the Northern Clubs on providing support for the Premier League to enable it to serve its purpose of providing the best quality regional male and female competitions, underpinning the talent pathway.”

NTFA President Damien Rhind:
“The NTFA is excited by the opportunity for its clubs and competitions to participate in the talent pathway in Northern Tasmania.

“The Premier League will lift the standard of football in the North and our aim is to be the best association in Tasmania while maintaining the sustainability of all our clubs.

“This process will involve a major restructure and, whilst this is daunting, it also presents exciting opportunities for Clubs and the broader stakeholders of the NTFA.

“We are also fortunate to have the two most successful teams of the modern State League era involved in this process and look forward to further discussions with Launceston, North Launceston and AFL Tasmania.”