After an eight-year hiatus and several weeks of organisation, it's absolutely locked in, confirmed, signed and sealed - the Western Premier League has been revived for 2020.
Clubs and associations met in early February and were given until February 13 to finalise their commitment to play in the revived competition this season.
It's been confirmed the nine clubs that were in attendance at that meeting earlier this month would make up the competition.
Those nine teams include Barnstoneworth and Waratahs from orange, Bathurst District Football men's premier league champions Lithgow Workmen's Club as well as Panorma, Dubbo Bulls, South Dubbo Wanderers, Macquarie United, Orana Spurs and the newly-formed Parkes Cobras.
Western NSW Football manager Andrew Fearnley said the revived competition will help boost the level of football across the region.
"The response has been positive from the clubs, associations and the media for something different in terms of rivalry and competition," he said.
"To have teams from Bathurst, Dubbo, Parkes playing each other is healthy for our sport and creates good interest for those clubs that can participate."
Work is currently underway to construct a season draw, which will see each team playing every team once home and away.
That means the competition will last for 18 rounds and each team will play 16 games, having two byes throughout the season.
A top six play-off series has also been locked in, but whether that will follow the current A-League system - which is a straight knockout - or an older A-League system - which gave the top two teams a second chance remains - remains undecided.
"We're still looking at different top six models, but the current A-League one is a potential one," Fearnley said.
"There'll be a debate around the second chance for the top two and other formats out there, which there are a couple."
Clubs are keen on games to be played on Saturday, but that may change depending on ground and referee availability.
"We'll try to accommodate that as much as possible," Fearnley said.
Fearnley said the competition will start on the first weekend of April, the weekend before Easter.
The Western NSW Football Challenge Cup will act as the perfect pre-season tournament for all WPL clubs and provide all teams, players and fans the first real chance to see how their rivals are stacking up.
The cup will be held a week before the WPL kicks-off on March 28-29, which is expected to attract all WPL clubs, with any other first grade teams across the region free to enter.
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