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Mar 18, 2013   |  10:30PM AET

Victory League is go

Victory League is go

Tasmania’s brand new State-wide League, the Victory League, is about to kick-off.

Tasmania’s brand new State-wide League, the Victory League, is about to kick-off.

After a 13-year hiatus, state-wide football will again excite crowds at grounds across Tasmania with round one of the Victory League set to get underway next weekend.

Boasting major backing from Melbourne Victory, the nation-s most high-profile A-League club, the league will see the best teams and the best players battle for statewide bragging rights once again.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director Richard Wilson and Adrian Leijer were at the recent launch of the league in Tasmania.

Mr Wilson said Melbourne Victory was thrilled to have played a part in getting the new state-wide competition off the ground.

“It-s a very exciting time for football in Tasmania and we at Melbourne Victory are delighted with the relationship we have developed with FFT and their football community,” said Mr Wilson.

“The new Victory League will offer Tasmania-s aspiring young footballers a very real pathway into professional sport, something they haven-t had for many years, so it really is an historic occasion.”

At the Victory League launch Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) CEO John Boulous said the beginning of the league marked a new chapter of professionalism and excellence at the elite level for football in the state.

“We-ve been working towards this day for a long time and it has only been made possible by the hard work of the clubs around the state and through overwhelming support from both the Melbourne Victory Football Club and the local business community,” Mr Boulous said.

“The Victory League will not only serve as our iconic senior men-s league, underpinned by the Northern and Southern Premier Leagues, but it will also represent a visual pathway for our vast array of juniors to aspire to and work towards.”

The Victory League launch also included the launch of a new promotional video for the league and the unveiling of all eight team-s home and away strips, part of a key partnership with apparel company Pelada that sees all clubs provided with playing kits at no cost.

“It was important to us that we had strong strategic relationships with Pelada as a kit supplier and Redline as a transport provider as these were two major costs for clubs in previous State League iterations that we wanted to try and alleviate,” said Mr Boulous.

The league will kickoff next Saturday with a double header at Mitsubishi Park in Launceston between Devonport City and Tilford Zebras, and northern rivals Launceston City and Northern Rangers.

For more information about the Victory League, head to Football Federation Tasmania’s website.