Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed that Melbourne Victory has been crowned National Youth League Champions following the cancellation of their Round 18 match against Central Coast Mariners.
FFA’s decision to cancel the match was made following two postponements due to severe weather and consultation with both Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners. The determination took into account regulations from the FFA League Match Day Operations Manual and NYL player transition into state based competitions.
The determination means the cancelled match has been recorded as a goalless draw with Melbourne Victory retaining top spot in the NYL due to their superior goal difference.
“While a decision of this nature is never easy, the regulations provided for cancellation and the competing clubs agreed under the circumstances that this was the right decision,” said Head of A-League Damien de Bohun.
“We congratulate both Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners on their success during the NYL 2012/13 season.”
After both sides finished the season equal on 37 points, Melbourne Victory’s goal difference of positive 37 compared to Central Coast’s positive 11 saw the Melbourne team retain top spot on the NYL ladder.
League Match Day Operations Manual
4.28 The decision to cancel a match will be made by FFA in consultation with the affected clubs
4.29 A cancelled match will be recorded as a goalless draw
4.38 No match may be rescheduled a third time