Football Federation Australia have revealed the format for the inaugural National Premier Leagues finals series beginning in the last weekend of September the FFA announced on Thursday.
The premier from each federation participating (Capital Football, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania) will be invited to the tournament.
The format will stay the same for each year with state (and territory) federations paired geographically each year so that their seedings will remain the same.
Those partnerships will reverse who hosts each year, that way each federation will host the semi-finals once every two years.
With the geographic match ups it means there will only be one elimination round match-up in 2013 with Capital Football taking on Football New South Wales.
Football Queensland, Football Federation Tasmania and Football Federation South Australia all have byes in to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals will see Football Queensland hosting the winner of the NSW and ACT match while Tasmania will host the South Australian side.
For 2014 it would appear Northern New South Wales will host Queensland, Tasmania will host Victoria while Western Australia will host South Australia in the elimination round.
Semi-final hosts will follow the same format of geographic seeding with the hosts alternating each year.
The host of the final will be decided a table system with the points distributed for a more convoluted format outlined below:
Win in 90 minutes - 3 points
Extra-Time win - 2 points
Penalties win - 1 point
Goals For - 3 points
Goals against - -1 point
Yellow card - -1 point
Red card - -3 points.
Whoever leads under that system will host the final, giving Football NSW and Capital Football a significant advantage in 2013 for the final held either the 12th or 13th of October.