Northern League (New Zealand)
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1
"NO Relegation in 2010 Lotto Sport Italia
NRFL Premier season"
|Domestic cup(s)||Chatham Cup|
|Current champions||Bay Olympic
|Most championships||Takapuna AFC (4)|
|TV partners||Prime (New Zealand)
FTN – Family Television Network
TVNZ (Highlights only)
Sky Network Television (Playoffs only)
|Website||Auckland Football Federation|
The Northern Region Football League, or Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier for sponsorship reasons, is a professional/semi-professional New Zealand association football (soccer) league competition that is run by the Auckland Football Federation. The NRFL is at the First level of New Zealand Football, along with the franchise-based ASB Premiership, and includes soccer clubs located in the northern part of the North Island, New Zealand. It is open to clubs from the Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty provinces.
- 1 Overview and changes from previous season
- 2 History
- 3 The first Four Years (1965–1969)
- 4 Present day
- 5 Sponsors
- 6 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Clubs – 2013
- 7 League table
- 8 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Golden Boot
- 9 Past Champions & Current Champion
- 10 Performance By Club
- 11 Notable players
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Overview and changes from previous season
Team changes in 2011
The 2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier season the League had eight clubs, down from ten in the 2009 season and the 2010 season also saw it include clubs from US1 Premiership in a reforming procedure to the League. The 2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier season has returned to a 10 team structure with Onehunga Sports and Hamilton Wanderers being included in the league after their promotions from the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1.
The first Four Years (1965–1969)
In the years 1965–1969, before the launch of a National Soccer League, the Northern League was the highest level competition available to the clubs in the northern region. When the National Soccer League was created in 1970, the Northern League became one of its feeder leagues.
In 1997 and 1998, when the National Soccer League operated as an invitation-only summer league, the Northern League again became the highest level club competition available to the clubs from the northern provinces.
With the demise of the club-based National Soccer League in 2004, the Northern League, now known as Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Men's Premier, became the highest level football league competition in New Zealand for the third time in its history. The league runs between the New Zealand autumn and winter months (April to October), while the ASB Premiership runs between the New Zealand spring and summer months (November to April).
The following list is of the official sponsors of the League, unless otherwise noted.
- Kia Motors 2010–2012, (marketing partner)
- Lotto Sport Italia 2008–2012, (primary sponsor)
- ASB Bank 2010–2012, (marketing partner)
- Prime (New Zealand) 2010–2012, (TV channel), (TV partner)
- FTN – Family Television Network 2010–2012, (TV channel), (TV partner)
- TVNZ 2010–2012,(TV channel), (official TV sponsor)
- Sky Network Television 2009–present, (TV channel), (TV partner – For national & international broadcasting)
Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Clubs – 2013
|Bay Olympic||New Lynn, New Zealand||Olympic Park Sports Ground (3,500)|
|Birkenhead United||Birkenhead, New Zealand||Shepherds Park (10,000)|
|Central United||Auckland, New Zealand||Kiwitea Street Stadium (5,000)|
|East Coast Bays AFC||North Shore City, New Zealand||Bay City Park Stadium (4,000)|
|Ellerslie AFC||Ellerslie, New Zealand||Michaels Avenue Reserve (1,000)|
|Hamilton Wanderers||Hamilton, New Zealand||Porritt Stadium (2,700)|
|Manurewa AFCP1||Manurewa, New Zealand||Memorial Park Stadium (3,500)|
|Onehunga Sports||Onehunga, New Zealand||Waikaraka Park Sports Ground (3,000)|
|Three Kings United||Three Kings, New Zealand||Keith Hay Park Sports Ground (5,000)|
|Waitakere City F.C.||Waitakere City, New Zealand||Fred Taylor Park Stadium (10,000)|
2011 Final league standings
|Three Kings United||18||12||4||2||50||30||20||38|
|East Coast Bays AFC||18||9||5||4||35||27||8||31|
|Forrest Hill MilfordR||18||3||14||1||26||60||−34||10|
Source: Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier
- (P1)=Promoted from Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1 to NRFL Premier
- (C)=Regular season champions
- (R)=Relegated to Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1 ⇆ (NO Relegation in 2010 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier season)
At completion of the 2010 championship round, the first-placed team was the 2010 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier champions.
No teams were relegated in the 2010 season.
All eight teams from the 2010 season contested the 2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.
Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Golden Boot
The Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Golden Boot is awarded annually after each season, highlighting the performances of the player who has scored the most goals.
Past Champions & Current Champion
Performance By Club
|Bay Olympic||New Lynn||3||2011|
|East Coast Bays||North Shore City||2||2010|
This list consist of Past or present notable players that have either represented the New Zealand national team at the FIFA World Cup or the Olympic Games. This list also consist of players who have either played for New Zealand Knights FC or have played in the FIFA Club World Cup with a New Zealand football club: