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Strikers To Host Defending National Champions

The National Premier Leagues 2018 Finals Series kicks off next Saturday 8 September, when the Devonport Strikers host last year’s National Champions, Heidelberg United FC from Victoria, at Valley Road in the first of the Elimination Finals.

The NPL Finals Series brings together the eight teams who finished top of their respective NPL standings at the end of their regular seasons to determine Australia’s best NPL side.

This year will mark the sixth edition of the NPL Finals Series, which was last year won by the Strikers first-up opponents in Heidelberg. Sydney United 58 FC won the inaugural competition in 2013 and in 2016, while MetroStars SC from South Australia (2014) and Blacktown City FC from New South Wales (2015) have also been crowned Champions of the series in the past.

Heidelberg will be a tough opponent for the Strikers given their dominance of the past 2 years. They have claimed the Victorian Premiership in consecutive seasons and recently marched through to the final 8 of the FFA Cup. That comes after a thumping 4-0 win over the Adelaide Comets in the Round of 16.

The winner of the NPL 2018 Finals Series will receive automatic entry into the FFA Cup 2019 Final Rounds, providing an added incentive for the eight clubs taking part.

Every match in the  NPL 2018 Finals Series will be streamed LIVE on as well as via the official Hyundai A-League Facebook page (

The game will kick off at 6:00pm, and ticketing details can be found on the Strikers Facebook page, here.