New Zealand Football Championship

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New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC)
ASB Championship.svg
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Founded 2004
Number of teams 9
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) White Ribbon Cup
International cup(s) OFC Champions League
Current champions Auckland City FC (5th title)
(2013–14)
Current premiers Auckland City FC (5th title)
(2013–14)
Most championships Auckland City FC
Waitakere United (5 titles each)
Most premierships Auckland City FC
Waitakere United (5 titles each)
TV partners Sky Sports (Playoffs only)
Sommet Sports (Waitakere United home fixtures only)
Website [1]
2014–15 ASB Premiership

The New Zealand Football Championship (known as the ASB Premiership from 2011 for sponsorship reasons) is the national association football league in New Zealand. It is a semi professional association football (soccer) sports franchise league that is operated by New Zealand Football. The league is run separately from various Winter regional club competitions, and many of the teams competing are franchises jointly run by Winter clubs. It is currently sponsored by ASB Bank.

Competition format[edit]

There are currently nine teams, with each club playing the others twice. Due to the uneven number of clubs, each team has two byes in the season. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams progress to the playoffs. The playoffs are run as a home-and-away semi-finals series, with the winners progressing to a one-match Grand Final.

For the first four seasons, regular season had the teams play each other three times, however, this was changed to the present 14-match system in 2008, due to financial difficulties affecting some of the clubs.

The playoff phase in the inaugural season was contested by the top three clubs, whereby the Minor Premier (winner of league phase) received a bye and hosting rights for the grand final, with second and third placed teams playing off in a one-game preliminary final. The NZFC experimented with a five team playoff (see NZFC 2005-06) in the 2005-06 season, however, this was discontinued and the league reverted to the three-team playoff system for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

The two teams that win the league phase (the "Minor Premier") and the Grand Final (the "champion") qualify for the OFC Champions League. Should the same team win both the Minor Premiership and the Championship, the second Champions League spot is granted to the league runner-up. This has occurred on numerous occasions; the first instance being in 2006 when Auckland City (premiers and champions) and YoungHeart Manawatu qualified despite Canterbury United contesting the Grand Final.

There are no lower divisions in the Premiership, thus no promotion and relegation exists, similar to leagues in Australia and in the United States.

History[edit]

Establishment in 2004 to present[edit]

The New Zealand Football Championship was created as a replacement to the former New Zealand National Soccer League, a tournament involving clubs from the regional governing bodies of New Zealand Football. The NZFC was to be run as a summer league involving new clubs created solely for the new competition, with these new clubs being run jointly by existing winter clubs. The only exception to this was Napier City Rovers, whose summer club would be rebranded Hawke's Bay United during the second season, to be operated jointly by other clubs in the Hawke's Bay region.

Eleven groups bid for franchises, with the successful bids being announced on 7 April 2004 as Auckland City FC, Canterbury United, Napier City Rovers, Otago United, Team Wellington, Waikato FC, Waitakere United and YoungHeart Manawatu, with Olé Madrids, East Auckland and Team Bay of Plenty being excluded. Unhappy at their exclusion, the Olé Madrids bid team took New Zealand Soccer to court, suing for damages and demanding inclusion in the competition, claiming that, whilst they met NZ Soccer's criteria for inclusion, other successful bids did not. The case was dropped by the Madrids team eight days before the commencement of the first NZFC season.[1] Western Suburbs, the club associated with the Olé Academy, is now a principal member of the Team Wellington franchise.[2] East Auckland also considered legal action, however this was not pursued.[3]

The first match of the competition was on 15 October 2004, with Auckland City defeating Napier City Rovers 3-1 at Park Island, Napier. Auckland City were also crowned the inaugural NZFC champions after defeating Waitakere United 3-2 in the final.

The second season saw Napier City Rovers rebrand and re-organize their NZFC team as Hawke's Bay United, forming an amalgamated franchise with other local clubs. It also saw the first instance of a NZFC team winning the O-League, with Auckland City FC defeating French Polynesian team AS Pirae 3-1.

At the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, New Zealand Football granted three-season license extensions to seven of the eight franchises - all but YoungHeart Manawatu, who had to re-apply due to concerns over the club's financial and organisational situation. However, YoungHeart eventually earned reinstatement after beating out four rival bids - one based in Gisborne, one from North Shore City, and two from Manukau. Olé Madrids also applied for the license, however they withdrew early.[4]

On 2 September 2010, New Zealand Football announced a five-year sponsorship agreement with ASB Bank resulting in the rebranding of the New Zealand Football Championship to the ASB Premiership.[5]

In 2013, after a review of the competition by the ASB Premiership review committee, YoungHeart Manawatu was dropped from the competition after finishing last in the previous three seasons. New Zealand Football also confirmed that a team composed of New Zealand players born on or after 1 January, 1995 would take Manawatu's place in the Premiership for at least two seasons. The addition of the team - to be known as Wanderers SC - was to provide adequate preparation for New Zealand's U-20 players for the upcoming 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be hosted by New Zealand.[6] Much confusion surrounded the initials "SC" in the Wanderers' name, as no official explanation was given as to what they stood for. It wasn't until after their first match that coach Darren Bazeley finally revealed that "SC" stood for "Special Club", saying "it acknowledges this team has arisen out of a special situation and was specially formed for the purpose."[7]

The 2014-15 season saw the Premiership expand to nine teams for the first time in its history. Wellington Phoenix Reserves was added to the competition to provide game time for the members of the Phoenix squad who are not playing frequently for the first team in the A-League. Restrictions were also put in place for all clubs requiring that at least 50% of match day squads are players who are eligible to play for the All Whites.[8]

After 10 full seasons, only Auckland City FC and Waitakere United have been crowned premiers or champions, with both teams winning five apiece.

Clubs[edit]

There are currently nine clubs from New Zealand playing in the 2014–15 ASB Premiership. Unlike most European leagues, there is no system for promotion and relegation. This system is similar to leagues in Australia and in the United States.

Current clubs[edit]

Team City, Region Stadium Joined Head Coach
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC Auckland, Auckland Region Kiwitea Street 2004 Spain Ramon Tribulietx
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United Christchurch, Canterbury Region ASB Football Park 2004 Republic of Ireland Sean Devine
Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United Napier, Hawke's Bay region Bluewater Stadium 2004 England Brett Angell[9]
Otagocolours.png Southern United Dunedin, Otago Region Forsyth Barr Stadium 2004 Scotland Mike Fridge[10]
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington Wellington, Wellington Region David Farrington Park 2004 New Zealand Matt Calcott
WaiBOPcolours.png WaiBOP United Cambridge, Waikato Region John Kerkhof Park 2004 Scotland Peter Smith
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United Whenuapai, Auckland Region Fred Taylor Park 2004 Republic of Ireland Brian Shelley
WanderersSCcolors.png Wanderers SC North Harbour, Auckland Region North Harbour Stadium 2013 England Darren Bazeley
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix Reserves Wellington, Wellington Region Newtown Park 2014 England Andy Hedge[11]

Former clubs[edit]

Team City, Region Joined Left
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui 2004 2013

Name changes[edit]

Champions and premiers[edit]

The teams that win the league phase (the "premier") and the Grand Final (the "champion") qualify for the OFC Champions League. Should the same team win both the Premiership and the Championship, the second O-League spot will be granted to league runner-up.

Season Regular season Grand final
Premiers Points Runners-up Champions Score Runners-up
2004–05
Details
Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 46–40
Ladder
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 3 – 2
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United
2005–06
Details
Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 48–46
Ladder
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
4 – 3 (p.s.o)
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United
2006–07
Details
Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 47–45
Ladder
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 3 – 2
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United
2007–08
Details
Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 51–50
Ladder
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 2 – 0
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington
2008–09
Details
Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 33–25
Ladder
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 2 – 1
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United
2009–10
Details
Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 31–29
Ladder
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 3 – 1
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United
2010–11
Details
Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 36–30
Ladder
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 3 – 2
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC
2011–12
Details
Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 36–29
Ladder
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 4 – 1
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington
2012–13
Details
Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 37–33
Ladder
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 4 – 3 (a.e.t.)
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC
2013–14
Details
Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 33–26
Ladder
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington Auckland City FC ACFCcolours.png 1 – 0
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington

Premiership Winners[edit]

Team Titles Runners up Years
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC
5
4
2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United
5
2
2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu
2
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United
1
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington
1

Championship Winners[edit]

Team Titles Runners up Years
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United
5
3
2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC
5
2
2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2013–14
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington
3
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United
2

Awards[edit]

Golden Boot[edit]

The Golden Boot is presented to the player who scores the most goals during the season.

Year Player Club Goals
2007–08 New Zealand Graham Little WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington 12
2008–09 Costa Rica Luis Corrales WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington 12
2009–10 Vanuatu Seule Soromon Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 9
2010–11 New Zealand Allan Pearce Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 13
2011–12 Papua New Guinea George Slefendorfas Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United 12
2012–13 Fiji Roy Krishna Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 12
2013–14 Argentina Emiliano Tade ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 12

Records and statistics[edit]

All-time NZFC ladders[edit]

regular season matches[edit]

As of end of Round 2, 2014-15 season

Club SP Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 11 171 118 29 24 433 181 +252 383 2.240 5 4 1 -
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United 11 170 70 29 71 272 253 +19 239 1.406 - 1 2 4
Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United¹ 11 170 57 31 82 264 348 –84 202 1.188 - - - 1
Otagocolours.png Southern United² 11 170 36 32 102 181 379 –198 140 0.824 - - - -
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington 11 170 80 29 61 345 290 +55 269 1.582 - - 3 5
WaiBOPcolours.png WaiBOP United³ 11 169 45 28 96 219 356 –137 163 0.964 - - 1 -
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 11 170 109 21 40 400 194 +206 348 2.047 5 2 1 -
WanderersSCcolors.png Wanderers SC 2 16 1 2 13 21 45 –24 5 0.313 - - - -
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix 1 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3 1.500 - - - -
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 9 154 51 25 78 253 344 –91 178 1.156 - 2 1 -
¹ Includes record as Napier City Rovers
² Includes record as Otago United
³ Includes record as Waikato FC

Finals matches[edit]

As of the conclusion of the 2013–14 season

Club SP Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg. 1st 2nd 3rd
ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 10 22 14 1 7 53 35 +18 43 1.955 5 2 1
Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 9 21 13 0 8 57 39 +18 39 1.857 5 3 -
WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington 7 17 7 1 9 23 35 –12 22 1.294 - 3 2
Cantabcolours.png Canterbury United 5 13 4 2 7 18 28 –10 14 1.077 - 2 3
Otagocolours.png Southern United² 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 1.000 - - -
Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 3 5 1 1 3 6 10 –4 4 0.800 - - 2
WaiBOPcolours.png WaiBOP United³ 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 –3 0 0.000 - - 1
Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United¹ 2 4 0 0 4 6 13 –7 0 0.000 - - 1
¹ Includes record as Napier City Rovers
² Includes record as Otago United
³ Includes record as Waikato FC

Largest victories[edit]

Season Home team Result Away team Date
2013–14 Southern United Otagocolours.png 0 – 10 ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 16 February 2013
2006–07 Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 8 – 0 Otagocolours.png Southern United 8 March 2007
2007–08 YoungHeart Manawatu Yhmcolours.png 0 – 8 WellingtonColours.png Team Wellington 6 January 2008
2007–08 Canterbury United Cantabcolours.png 1 – 9 Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 20 January 2008
2011–12 Canterbury United Cantabcolours.png 9 – 1 Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 22 January 2012
2012–13 Waikato FC Waikatocolours.png 1 – 9 Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 20 January 2013
2005–06 YoungHeart Manawatu Yhmcolours.png 8 – 1 Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United 18 February 2006
2006–07 Team Wellington WellingtonColours.png 7 – 0 Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United 26 January 2007
2011–12 Canterbury United Cantabcolours.png 7 – 0 Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United 4 February 2012

Highest scoring matches[edit]

Season Home team Result Away team Date
2005–06 Team Wellington WellingtonColours.png 4 – 6 ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 7 January 2006
2007–08 Canterbury United Cantabcolours.png 1 – 9 Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 20 January 2008
2011–12 Canterbury United Cantabcolours.png 9 – 1 Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 22 January 2012
2012–13 Waikato FC Waikatocolours.png 1 – 9 Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 20 January 2013
2012–13 Waitakere United Waitakcolours.png 6 – 4 Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United 9 March 2013
2013–14 Southern United Otagocolours.png 0 - 10 ACFCcolours.png Auckland City FC 16 February 2013
2005–06 YoungHeart Manawatu Yhmcolours.png 8 – 1 Hawkesbaycolours.png Hawke's Bay United 18 February 2006
2007–08 Waikato FC Waikatocolours.png 4 – 5 Yhmcolours.png YoungHeart Manawatu 30 March 2008
2011–12 YoungHeart Manawatu Yhmcolours.png 2 – 7 Waitakcolours.png Waitakere United 15 January 2012

Related competitions[edit]

ASB Phoenix Challenge[edit]

Main article: ASB Phoenix Challenge

The 2010-11 season saw the introduction of the ASB Challenge Series. This was an individual friendly competition in which the eight Premiership teams competed against a reserve team attached to Wellington Phoenix FC, a New Zealand based team playing in the Australian A-League. The ASB Phoenix Challenge was discontinued after the 2010-11 season but reinstated for 2012-2013.

ASB National Youth League[edit]

New Zealand Football also runs the Under-20 ASB National Youth League. The 2011/12 season consists of two four-team conferences (North and South) that play against each conference opponent twice (home and away), for six regular season games. At the conclusion of the youth league regular season, the top ranked Northern team hosts the second ranked Southern team, and the top ranked Southern team hosts the second ranked Northern team for the semi finals. The winners of these matches will face each other in the grand final. The current Youth League champion is Canterbury United, having defeated Waitakere United 2 - 1 after extra time at Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland[12] For the 2012-13 season the competition was expanded to 10 teams with the Nelson Falcons competing in the southern conference and Northern U17's connected to the New Zealand national team in the Northern conference.

Season Winner Score Runner-up
2007–08 Waitakere United 6 – 3 (AET) Canterbury United
2008–09 Auckland City 6 – 4 (AET) Waitakere United
2009–10 Canterbury United 6 – 0 Waitakere United
2010–11 Waitakere United 2 – 0 Canterbury United
2011–12 Canterbury United 2 – 1 (AET) Waitakere United
2012–13 Auckland City 3 – 0 Southern United

OFC Champions League[edit]

Main article: OFC Champions League

The OFC Champions League, also known as the O-League, is the premier football competition in Oceania. It is organized by the OFC, Oceania's football governing body. It has been organized since 2007 under the current format, following its successor, the Oceania Club Championship. Two teams from the ASB Championship participate annually. Four O-League titles have been won by teams from New Zealand.

White Ribbon Cup[edit]

Main article: White Ribbon Cup

The White Ribbon Cup, is a knockout cup competition run by New Zealand Football. The 2011-12 season will be the inaugural season of the NZF Cup.

It was established in 2011 to provide regular football for the six clubs not participating in the Oceania Champions League and runs in conjunction with the ASB Premiership regular season.[13]

Season Winner Score Runner-up
2011–12 Team Wellington 6 – 1 Waikato FC

Referees[edit]

Referees are selected from around New Zealand and occasionally include guest referees from other nations, most notably Australia. Whilst the match referees may travel to games outside their home federation, assistant referees and fourth officials are from generally within the hosting federation.

Logos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ http://www.nzfc.co.nz/index.php?id=14
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