Ballarat named in state's top soccer division

BALLARAT Red Devils will play in the highest level of Victorian soccer for the 2014 season.

Football Federation Victoria announced the National Premier Leagues structure today and Ballarat has been included in the highest division, NPL.

Red Devils and Goulbourn Valley Suns will represent regional soccer among a 14-team competition when the season kicks off on March 14.

Ballarat will be in the running to compete on the national stage at the end of the season to represent Victoria in the national NPL finals.

The Victorian NPL champion will be determined using the first past the post system and will play Tasmania's NPL champion in September.

As announced last Friday, in addition to the 30 licences, FFV will offer a licence to Eastern Jets and Border FC to start in the 2015 season.

NPL TEAMS - Ballarat Red Devils, Bentleigh Greens, Dandenong Thunder, Goulburn Valley Suns, Green Gully Cavaliers, Heidelberg United, Hume City, Melbourne Knights, Northcote City, Oakleigh Cannons, Pascoe Vale, Port Melbourne Sharks, South Melbourne and Werribee City.

NPL 1 TEAMS - Avondale Heights, Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Box Hill United, Brunswick City, Dandenong City, Eastern Lions, FC Bulleen Lions, Kingston City, Moreland Zebras, North Geelong Warriors, Richmond, Springvale White Eagles, St Albans Saints, Sunshine George Cross, Surf Coast and Whittlesea Ranges.