Football is one of New Zealandís most popular sports, played in many forms through all seasons by male and females of all ages.
While also popular as a participation sport for adults, it has become New Zealandís most popular participation sports for children aged 16 and under due to its high popularity among both boys and girls.
Football is traditionally a winter sport and local club football (and national cup competitions) continues to be played between late March and September, although New Zealandís National Leagues for men, women and youth (men) are played in summer. Futsal, the FIFA-endorsed format of indoor football, is played all year round.
New Zealand Football, a member of both FIFA and OFC, is responsible for leading and governing the game at a national level but at a grass roots level football is delivered, in accordance with NZFís vision for the game, by seven member federations with five covering the North Island and two covering the South Island.
There are approximately 500 football clubs in New Zealand, affiliated to New Zealand Football via one of its member federations, competing in local and in some cases cross-federation competitions.
The ASB Premiership and the related ASB National Youth League are contested by franchises, and the ASB National Womenís League features federation representative sides.
At secondary school level, competitions are organised by the New Zealand Secondary School Association which is unaffiliated to New Zealand Football.
Schools who choose to affiliate to NZF or one of its member federations are eligible to enter federation competitions and national club competitions such as the ASB Chatham Cup, one of New Zealandís oldest sporting competitions.
To play football, contact your local federation to discuss the options or use the NZF club finder across on this page to find clubs in your area.
When your local club team runs onto the field, each individual has a role to play in winning the game. Behind those players stand the dedicated coaches, managers and volunteers who make it all possible.
In the same way, the regional Federations and national organisation of NZ Football are here to help you get the most from the game. Some of their contributions are easy to see, such as providing Football Development Officers. Other resources are less obvious Ė but they play a vital role behind the scenes. Without their contribution, football would struggle to meet its potential in the crowded New Zealand sporting scene.
Click here to see how your club is part of a much larger team. Working together, we can continue to grow the game and build success at every level.
Itís a true team effort.
What is the cost for forming the team?
New Zealand Football's affiliation fee per registered player;
2011Fee incl GST
New Gross Value
5 to 6 yrs
7 to 12yrs
13 to 18yrs