Capital Football was first formed as Wellington Football Association (WFA) on 12 March 1890. In 1984 they changed their name to Wellington Soccer Association (WSA). During May 1999 New Zealand Soccer set up the seven Federations when previously there was 23 District Associations, WSA looked after Federation Five and then incorporated and renamed as Capital Soccer on 29 November 2000. When New Zealand Soccer changed their name to New Zealand Football, the federations followed suit and Capital Soccer became Capital Football in 2007.
While New Zealand Football is the governing body, unlike other sports in New Zealand, the funding model for football means each seven regional federations look after football in their area themselves, only following New Zealand Football's plan as they see fit. For the local federations, the clubs fund the federation with the rest of the money coming from Sport New Zealand funding and about three per cent from New Zealand Football.