New Zealand Football

New Zealand Football is the governing body for the sport of association football in New Zealand. It oversees the seven New Zealand Football federations, as well as the New Zealand national football team (nicknamed the "All Whites"), the national junior and women's teams (nicknamed the "Football Ferns"), the men's and women's national Leagues ISPS Handa Premiership, National Women's League, and a number of tournaments, including the Chatham Cup and Women's Knockout Cup. A New Zealand team, Wellington Phoenix FC who plays in the Australian A-League also comes under New Zealand Football jurisdiction.

New Zealand Football
New Zealand Football
FIFA affiliation1948
OFC affiliation1966
PresidentJohanna Wood


It was founded in 1891, as New Zealand Soccer Association[1] and became officially affiliated with FIFA in 1948. In May 2007, the organisation was renamed New Zealand Football (NZF), replacing the word "soccer" with "football" in line with the common usage in the rest of the world.

New Zealand were admitted as member of the Asian Football Confederation in 1964,[2] but they lost membership later. New Zealand with Australia eventually formed the Oceania Football Federation (now Oceania Football Confederation) in 1966.[3]

In September 2007, the New Zealand female football teams were re-branded. The women's national team changed its name from "SWANZ" to "Football Ferns", the female under-20 team to the "Junior Football Ferns" and the under-17 team became the "Young Football Ferns"[4]

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, New Zealand achieved their best result in their team's history when they had a 1–1 draw with reigning World champions Italy. Shane Smeltz scored in the 7th minute marking the first time New Zealand had ever led a match at the World Cup.[5] They went on to become the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

Moving to South American confederation

In January 2013, members of the FIFA Executive Committee met in a private meeting convened by Joseph Blatter to discuss the possibilities of moving the New Zealand Football Federation for the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in order to enhance the sport in the country. After the meeting, Blatter said the idea was "ratified" but needed some adjustments.[6][7] This fact provided the New Zealand success in the idea of movement, requiring only a formal request by the association. But in June, the chief executive of the New Zealand Federation, Andy Martin, said his administration has no plans to promote the New Zealand Football to high-level competitions for now, meaning that New Zealand should remain in the weak Oceania Football Confederation.[8]


In November 2008, Glen Moss was handed a 4-match World Cup ban after swearing at referee Lencie Fred in a dead-rubber 2010 World Cup qualification match against Fiji.[9] New Zealand Football failed to lodge an appeal to FIFA in time after they received notification of the sentence on 23 December and were closing for the Christmas period.[10] Moss was subsequently suspended for the two 2010 FIFA World Cup inter-confederation play off matches against Bahrain and the first two 2010 FIFA World Cup matches against Slovakia and Italy.

In July 2015, New Zealand was ruled to have forfeited its place in the 2016 Olympic tournament after fielding an ineligible player in its men's Under-23 team; NZF decided not to appeal the decision. It was subsequently reported that up to 16 ineligible players had been fielded in the men's Under-23, Under-20 and Under-17 teams between 2011 and 2015.[11]

In January 2016, Wellington Phoenix signed Alex Jones on loan to the end of the 2015–16 season.[12] The move fell through when New Zealand Football failed to forward the completed paperwork to FIFA before the transfer deadline despite having received it from the Phoenix three days previously.[13] An appeal to the world governing body was unsuccessful, as FIFA "ruled to protect the integrity of their global deadlines for the transfer of players".[14]

On 19 June 2018, a letter of complaint about current New Zealand women's national football team and New Zealand Football technical director Andreas Heraf signed by at least 10 players was sent to New Zealand football collated by the New Zealand Professional Footballers Association (NZPFA).[15] Later that day it was also announced that New Zealand Football were deliberately flouting a Fifa directive that Heraf shouldn't be in charge of both roles at the same organisation.[16]

The next day it emerge that the Players Union had sent a strongly worded letter to New Zealand Football, instructing them to discontinue all communications with players after Heraf and other New Zealand Football staff members where contacting players and strongly encouraging them not to write letters or issue any formal complaints.[17]

That afternoon it was announced that Heraf would be place on special leave while an independent investigation was conducted into the allegations around bullying, intimidation and a culture of fear.[15][18]

International stage

In recent time, New Zealand Football has enjoyed good success on the international stage. The All Whites overcame Papua New Guinea in the OFC Nations Cup Final by winning 4-2 on penalties in the final. It was their fifth title in the OFC Nations Cup and it secured their place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

In 2015, the Football Ferns reached their highest ever ranking (16), beating Brazil for the second time and qualifying for the Rio Olympics. The Men’s U-20 and U-17 sides qualified out of their groups at their respective FIFA World Cup tournaments in 2015. New Zealand were one of only five countries in the same cycle to achieve this. The remaining four were Germany, Brazil, Mali, Nigeria


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  1. ^ "Commemorations & anniversaries". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. ^ "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED". The Straits Times. 28 August 1964.
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ NEW LOOK FOR ‘FOOTBALL FERNS', 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ "World Cup Match Results: Italy vs New Zealand – FIFA World Cup 2010 – ESPN Soccernet". 20 June 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Nova zelândia na CONMEBOL: Os prós e contras da proposta, Revista Placar, January 08, 2013.
  7. ^ "Plumb: NZ Football rolls the dice on new coach". Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  8. ^ "La isla y el fútbol de siglo 21, Diário OLÉ, 8 May 2013.
  9. ^ Grantley Bernard (5 November 2009). "Moss Sees Red". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  10. ^ Woodcock, Fred (5 November 2009). "Banned Moss: NZF let me down". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  11. ^ Holloway, Steven (9 October 2010). "New complaint casts doubt over NZ footballers".
  12. ^ Gray, Russell (31 January 2016). "Phoenix sign striker on loan deal". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  13. ^ Pine, Jason (11 February 2016). "Football: Paperwork blunder puts English striker Alex Jones' Phoenix career in doubt". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  14. ^ Hyslop, Liam & Wilson, Clay (16 February 2016). "Alex Jones' stint with the Phoenix ends without a game as NZ Football blames lack of internet access for bungle". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  15. ^ a b Burgess, Michael (19 June 2018). "Football Ferns bombshell: Coach Andreas Heraf set for suspension, inquiry to look into bullying allegations". NZ Herald.
  16. ^ Steve Kilgallon, Dana Johnnsen (19 June 2018). "Under-fire Andreas Heraf's double New Zealand Football role breaks Fifa coaching directive".
  17. ^ Burgess, Michael (20 June 2018). "Ferns scandal: New Zealand Football told to stop contacting Football Ferns players, with immediate effect". NZ Herald.
  18. ^ "Andreas Heraf placed on 'special leave' as NZF announces Football Ferns review". Newshub. 20 June 2018.

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2010–11 New Zealand Football Championship

The New Zealand Football Championship's 2010–11 season (known as the ASB Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the seventh season of the NZFC since its establishment in 2004. The home and away season began on 16 October 2010 with a kickoff between Auckland City FC and Waikato FC. Auckland City and Waitakere United will represent the ASB Premiership in the 2010–11 OFC Champions League after finishing Premiers and Champions respectively in the 2009–10 competition.

2013–14 New Zealand Football Championship

The New Zealand Football Championship's 2013–14 season (known as the ASB Premiership for sponsorship reasons) will be the tenth season of the NZFC since its establishment in 2004. The home and away season will begin on 10 November 2013 with the final scheduled to be on 16 March 2014. Auckland City and Waitakere United will represent the ASB Premiership in the 2013–14 OFC Champions League after finishing Champions and Runners-up respectively in the 2012–13 competition. Two franchises have had changes to the clubs branding for this season, with Otago United changing to Southern United and Waikato FC changing to Waibop United. YoungHeart Manawatu has been replaced with Wanderers SC, which aims to give young football players top level matches under the New Zealand Football High Performance Strategy.

2015–16 New Zealand Football Championship

The 2015–16 New Zealand Football Championship season (currently known as the ASB Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the twelfth season of the NZFC since its establishment in 2004. Eight teams are involved this season, after Wanderers SC withdrew from the competition. Auckland City and Team Wellington will represent the ASB Premiership in the 2016 OFC Champions League after finishing Champions and Runners-up respectively in the 2014–15 competition.

Adam McGeorge

Adam McGeorge (born 30 March 1989) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a midfielder for Auckland City in the New Zealand Football Championship.

Adam Thomas (footballer)

Adam Thomas (born 1 April 1992) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a midfielder for Team Wellington in the New Zealand Football Championship. He represented New Zealand at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Alex Feneridis

Alex (Alexander) Feneridis (Greek: Άλεξ (Αλέξανδρος) Φενερίδης) is a New Zealand football player of Greek extraction who plays for Team Wellington.

Alex Feneridis is the son of businessman and horse breeder Costa Feneridis, who in turn is a grandson of Arcady (Arcadios) Feneridis, New Zealand Chess Champion in 1957. Alex has a younger sister, former Auckland schoolgirls tennis champion Danielle Feneridis.Feneridis started his career with Auckland City, playing there for eight years.

In September 2014, Feneridis opted to leave Auckland City and join Team Wellington.

Alex Rufer

Alex Arthur Rufer (born 12 June 1996) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Wellington Phoenix.

Association football in New Zealand

Association football, also known as football or soccer, is a popular recreation sport in New Zealand. The sport is administered in New Zealand by the governing body New Zealand Football (NZF). It is the third-most popular men’s team sport after rugby union and cricket.

Among New Zealand adults, it is the 12th most participated in sport, at seven percent. Among boys ages 5–17, it is the most participated in sport, with a 17 percent participation rate; among girls, it ranks fifth in popularity at six percent, behind swimming, netball, horse riding, and tennis.

Dakota Lucas

Dakota William Nicholas Lucas (born 26 July 1991) is a New Zealand football player who last played for Manningham United FC in the Victorian State League Division 1 in 2015

In June 2012 Lucas was named in the New Zealand football team to compete in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament. Dakota scored his first goal for the NZ Under 23's in an olympic warmup match versus Japan, slotting in a 90-minute equaliser meaning the game finished 1-1.Lucas made one appearance at the 2012 London Olympics playing in New Zealand's third and last match, a 3-0 defeat by Brazil.Lucas Moved to Manningham United FC in 2015 and made a total of 6 senior appearances failing to score a goal.

Jacob Spoonley

Jacob Spoonley (born 3 March 1987) is a New Zealand goalkeeper currently playing for Forrest Hill Milford.

Matthew Conger

Matthew Conger (born 11 October 1978) is a New Zealand football referee from Palmerston North. Born in Texas, Conger operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship. He is also a school teacher in Palmerston North.

Michael O'Keeffe

Michael O'Keefe (born 9 August 1990) is a New Zealand football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Team Wellington and the New Zealand national under-23 football team.

He grew up in Blenheim, New Zealand and was schooled at Marlborough Boys' College and Christchurch Boys' High School. He then moved to Fairfield, Connecticut where he began his university studies whilst also on a full soccer scholarship. Before each soccer game freshman year he and his roommate would listen to Forever by Drake to get pumped up, although his main source of success was his aunty's macaroni and cheese. O'Keeffe graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Television New Media.

In June 2012 O'Keeffe received a late call-up to the All Whites as an injury replacement for Mark Paston in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.

O'Keeffe was selected for the New Zealand football team, participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics.In 2013 O'Keefe joined USL Premier Development League team Ocean City Nor'easters.In 2014, he returned to New Zealand to play for Team Wellington in the 2014/2015 ASB Premiership.Since 2017, he is also a sports reporter/journalist for Newshub.

New Zealand Football Championship

The New Zealand Football Championship is a professional men's association football league at the top of the New Zealand league system. Founded in 2004, the New Zealand Football Championship was the successor to a myriad of short-lived football leagues in the country, including the National Soccer League, the National Summer Soccer League and the New Zealand Superclub League. The league is currently contested by ten teams in a franchise system. For sponsorship reasons, the competition is known as the ISPS Handa Premiership.

Seasons run from October through to April, and consist of an eighteen-round regular season followed by a playoff series involving the four highest-placed teams, culminating in a Grand Final. Each season, two clubs gain qualification to the OFC Champions League, the continental competition for the Oceania region. The league does not use a system of promotion and relegation, unlike most other world leagues.

Auckland City are the most successful side since the competition's inception, with seven titles. A youth competition, called the National Youth League, runs parallel to the regular season from October to December - the most recent champions are also Auckland City.

New Zealand national football team

The New Zealand national football team represents New Zealand in international association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in New Zealand New Zealand Football (NZF), which is currently a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites. New Zealand is a five-time OFC champion. The team represented New Zealand at the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1982 and 2010, and the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017. Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most professional New Zealand footballers play for clubs in English-speaking countries such as England, the United States and Australia.

Peter O'Leary (referee)

Peter O'Leary (born 3 March 1972) is a New Zealand former Association football referee, previously of Wellington but now is residing and working in Whangarei. He operated in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship, and his other occupation is as a biology teacher at Whangarei's Tikipunga High School.He currently has the record for controlling the most matches in the FIFA World Club Cup.

Roy Krishna

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Sam Messam

Samuel Messam (born March 2, 1986) is a New Zealand Football (soccer) player who plays for St. George Saints Football Club and has represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games.

Messam was included in the New Zealand squad for the football tournament at the Summer Olympics in Beijing where he played in just one of New Zealand's group matches, a 0-1 loss Belgium.Messam was signed by New South Wales Premier League Club APIA Leichhardt for the 2011 season .

Shaun van Rooyen

Shaun Stephen van Rooyen (born 27 April 1987) is a New Zealand football (soccer) who plays for New Zealand Football Championship side Waikato FC and has represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games.

Van Rooyen was included in the New Zealand squad for the football tournament at the Summer Olympics in Beijing where he played in two of New Zealand's group matches, against China (1-1) and Brazil (0-5).

Tyler Boyd (soccer)

Tyler Dominic Boyd (born December 30, 1994) is a New Zealand-American soccer player who plays as a striker or right winger for Turkish club Beşiktaş.

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