Capital Football can today confirm a modification to the 2019 format of the National Premier Leagues Youth (NPLY) competition.
While keeping abreast of the NPLY results and progress over the opening rounds, Capital Football engaged with the Premier League Standing Advisory Committee (PLSAC) and Coaches Technical Committee (CTC) on the viability of the previously proposed competition format.
This format involved a split following completion of the first round of matches, with the top half of each age group separating into an NPLY division one, and the lower half becoming the NPLY division two.
Seeking feedback from the PLSAC & CTC, the Capital Football Board noted that the majority preferred an amendment to the structure, retaining a home and away format with all 13 teams in the same division rather than a split.
This change seeks to alleviate some of the concerns raise by stakeholders including the transport of players, club revenue from canteens, players benching for higher age-grades and the ability of club Technical Directors to support the coaching staff of each age group.
With the second round of the home-and-away format matches beginning on the weekend of June 1st, the Capital Football competitions department has commenced work on these fixtures and will work with clubs to confirm venues and release the fixtures in a timely manner.