Northern League (New Zealand)

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Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier
Lotto logo.jpeg
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Founded 1965
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 Glenfield Rovers
(2014)
Most championships Bay Olympic (4), Takapuna AFC (4)
TV partners Prime (New Zealand)
FTN – Family Television Network
TVNZ (Highlights only)
Sky Network Television (Playoffs only)
Website Auckland Football Federation

2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier

Auckland Football
Federation Logo

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 football 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.

Overview and changes from previous season[edit]

Team changes in 2011[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The first Four Years (1965–1969)[edit]

The symbol of supremacy in Northern League football, the Northern Premier League trophy.

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.

Present day[edit]

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).

Sponsors[edit]

The following list is of the official sponsors of the League, unless otherwise noted.

Current[edit]

Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Clubs – 2014[edit]


Club Location Home Ground(s)
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)
Glenfield Rovers Glenfield, New Zealand, New Zealand McFetridge Park (2,000)
Hamilton Wanderers Hamilton, New Zealand Porritt Stadium (2,700)
Ngaruawahia United Ngaruawahia, New Zealand, New Zealand Centennial Park (2,000)
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)

Past Champions & Current Champion[edit]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club City Titles Last Title
Bay Olympic New Lynn 4 2011
Takapuna City Takapuna 4 1988
Glenfield Rovers Glenfield, New Zealand 3 2014
East Coast Bays North Shore City 3 2013
Central United Auckland 3 2008
Mount Wellington Auckland 3 1997
Hamilton Wanderers Hamilton 3 1984
Melville United Melville 2 2009
North Shore United North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand 2 2001
Tauranga City Tauranga, New Zealand 2 2000
Mount Maunganui Tauranga, New Zealand 2 1994
Papatoetoe Papatoetoe, New Zealand 2 1991
Eastern Suburbs Kohimarama, New Zealand 2 1966

Notable players[edit]

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:

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