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About New Zealand Football

New Zealand Football is responsible for leading, governing and regulating football in New Zealand.

We are based in Albany, on Auckland’s North Shore but have staff working with each of our seven member federations around the country.

Our activities are many and varied but our primary/priorities are to:

  • increase the number of participants in the game and the quality of their experience;
  • achieve success at an elite level that creates a sense of identity and pride and inspires participation; and
  • ensure the game has a clear strategic direction and is well-governed at every level.

We run national league competitions for men and youth (franchises) and also for women (federation based), and manage the two national club-based knockout competitions – the Chatham Cup and Women’s Knockout Cup. 

NZF oversee the eight New Zealand teams (including senior, age-group and Futsal ) engaging in international competition via international friendlies, OFC championships or pinnacle FIFA events such as World Cups, Olympic Games or Confederations Cups.

While at a grass roots level, the sport is delivered by NZF’s seven member federations, NZF takes an active role in setting a clear direction for the whole of football, with coach education , referee and the creation of clear player pathways all fundamental to the continued growth (in size and quality) of the game in New Zealand.

New Zealand Football Board

New Zealand Football is governed by a seven-member board of directors, with extra members co-opted when specific skill sets are needed. Three members are elected from “the game”; nominated and elected by New Zealand Football’s seven member federations at the sport’s annual congress.

The other four members are selected by an independent three-member board appointments panel chaired by the President of New Zealand Football (currently Nicholas Davidson QC), and featuring a representative from SPARC and a third member chosen by NZF’s member federations. NZF board members serve terms of four years. The chair of the commitee of federation chairs is also co-opted to the NZF board.

The current board (as at March, 2014) of New Zealand Football is: Bill Moran (Interim Chairman), Mark Aspden, Paul Cochrane, Martin Fenwick, Paula Kearns, Dougal McGowan, Frank van Hattum, Shelley McMeeken (co-opted) and Mike Anderson (co-opted).

Strategic Plan

In February 2013, New Zealand Football released a Strategic Plan for Football in New Zealand 2013-2015 endorsed by NZF and each of its seven member federations.

These documents marked a significant shift forward for the game in New Zealand, with the Strategic Plan conceived by all parties and to be delivered as a partnership.

It is a call to action on many fronts with a key focus being optimising scarce resources across the game. The partnership agreement outlines how football in New Zealand will work together to implement the plan. 

memorandum_2009_-_law_changes.pdf Strategic Plan 2013 - 2015 (612KB)

memorandum_2009_-_law_changes.pdf Strategic Plan Matrix - February 2013 (416)

memorandum_2009_-_law_changes.pdfPartnership Operating Agreement (56KB)

Annual Report

New Zealand Football Annual Report 2013 (published September 28, 2014)

 New Zealand Football Annual Report 2012 (published May 1, 2013) (5MB)

 New Zealand Football Annual Report 2011 (published May 1, 2012) (6MB)

 New Zealand Football Annual Report 2010 (published May 4, 2011) (4MB)

 New Zealand Football Annual Report 2009 (published April 29, 2010) (1MB)

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