Mosgiel replaces University

Mosgiel has taken Otago University’s place in the Southern Football League.

It will join the South City Royals and Green Island as one of three southern teams in next year’s South Island-wide league.

University has lost its spot in the top league, having missed one of New Zealand Football’s new national league licensing requirements.

Mosgiel was granted the open spot, having won the Football South Championship league.

It comes as domestic football completes its transition to its new format.

Last season had been a transition year for the South Island.

Teams had played in their local leagues to qualify for a South Island league, from which the top two progressed to a national league — which became a South Central Series.

This year, those teams will be set from the start of the season.

The South Island league will be played as a double round-robin, followed by the national league phase.

Beneath it will be the Football South Premiership.

Its winner has the opportunity to play-off with the lowest placed South Island league southern team, in a promotion-relegation tie.

Otago University will play in that league.

It is joined by newcomers Queens Park and Northern Hearts, from Invercargill and Timaru respectively.

The reserve teams for the three South Island league teams will also join the league’s existing teams.

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