2019 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Premiers Lions FC will travel to play Northern NSW side Maitland FC in the National Finals Series Semi Finals.
Lions will take on Maitland FC this Saturday, 28 September and will look to secure a victory to book their spot in this year’s National Finals Series Grand Final.
The NPL Finals Series brings together the teams who finished top of their respective NPL competitions at the end of the regular season, to determine Australia’s best NPL side.
The Queensland side progressed to the Semi Finals thanks to a 2-1 victory against last year’s Champions Campbelltown City SC in a Grand Final rematch over the weekend.
Lions’ Semi Final opponents Maitland FC meanwhile recorded a 3-2 win over Devonport Strikers.
The winner of the NPL 2019 Finals Series will receive automatic entry into the FFA Cup 2020 Final Rounds, an added incentive for the eight clubs taking part.
NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUES 2019 SEMI FINAL FIXTURES:
Maitland FC v Lions FC
Saturday, 28 September, 2:30pm
Cooks Square Park, Maitland NSW
Wollongong Wolves v Perth SC
Sunday, 29 September, 2:30pm
Albert Butler Park, Primbee NSW
POINTS SYSTEM TO DETERMINE HOSTS OF SEMI FINALS AND GRAND FINAL:
To determine the host Member Federation clubs for the Semi Finals and Grand Final, the following points system will apply.
- Win within normal time (i.e. 90 minutes) = 3 points
- Win during extra time = 2 points
- Win on penalties = 1 point
- Goals scored by home team (excluding penalty shootouts) = 3 points
- Goals scored by away team (excluding penalty shootouts) = 4 points
- Goals conceded (excluding penalty shootouts) = -1 point
- Yellow cards = -1 point; and
- Red cards = -3 points
The host of the NPL 2019 Grand Final will be determined by the club with the highest accumulation of points across the Elimination Finals and Semi Finals.