FOOTBALL Mid North Coast will soon call for nominations for the Zone Premier League to kick off in 2020.
The premier league will be a one senior grade competition open to all clubs in the zone.
FMNC chairman Mike Parsons said the board had signed off on criteria for the premier league and was in the process of contacting member clubs.
Mr Parsons expects former FMNC premier league clubs Taree Wildcats, Tuncurry-Forster, Camden Haven and Wauchope to apply for a place in the zone competition. These clubs didn't nominate to play in the Coastal Premier League (CPL).
The CPL is a 10 club, two grade competition taking in five clubs from Football Mid North Coast and five from North Coast Football. It will kick off in 2020.
Mr Parsons is confident up to 10 clubs will nominate for the zone premier league, with the other places taken by teams currently playing in the zone's southern and northern leagues.
Twelve teams contested the Southern League this year with seven sides in the Northern League A-grade.
"Anecdotally, there doesn't appear to be any negative comments about the premier league in either the northern or southern sections of our zone,'' Mr Parsons said.
"And I know both Camden Haven and Wauchope have both expressed an interest.''
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Wingham Soccer Club president John Bevitt said previously the Warriors would be keen to become involved in the Zone Premier League. The Warriors won the Southern League grand final last season.
Taree president Ben Sedlen also said the Wildcats would be applying for a place.
Mr Parsons revealed that the five FMNC clubs involved in the CPL - Wallis Lake, Port United, Port Saints, Macleay Valley and Kempsey Saints - could also nominate to play in the Zone Premier League.
Port Saints, Port United, Kempsey Saints and Macleay Valley are all represented in the Northern League A-grade.
He added the Zone Premier League would also act as a pathway for clubs interested in eventually applying to play in the CPL.
The 10 CPL clubs have all been granted three year licences.
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