Northern League (New Zealand)

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Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier
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Founded 1965
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 2
Relegation to Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1
Current champions Central United F.C.
Most championships Bay Olympic (4), Takapuna AFC (4), Central United (4)
TV partners Prime (New Zealand)
FTN – Family Television Network
TVNZ (Highlights only)
Sky Network Television (Playoffs only)
Website Auckland Football Federation

2015 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier

Auckland Football
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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.


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 part of the highest level of 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 September), while the ASB Premiership runs between the New Zealand spring and summer months (October to March).


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


Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier Clubs – 2017[edit]

Club Location Home Ground(s)
Bay Olympic New Lynn Olympic Park Sports Ground (3,500)
Birkenhead United Birkenhead Shepherds Park (10,000)
Central United Auckland Kiwitea Street Stadium (5,000)
East Coast Bays AFC North Shore City Bay City Park Stadium (4,000)
Eastern Suburbs AFC Kohimarama Madills Farm
Forrest Hill Milford Forrest Hill Becroft Park
Glenfield Rovers Glenfield McFetridge Park (2,000)
Hamilton Wanderers Hamilton Porritt Stadium (2,700)
Manurewa AFC Manurewa Memorial Park
Onehunga Sports Onehunga Waikaraka Park Sports Ground (3,000)
Three Kings United Three Kings Keith Hay Park Sports Ground (5,000)
Waitakere City F.C. Waitakere City 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
Central United Auckland 4 2016
Takapuna City Takapuna 4 1988
Glenfield Rovers Glenfield, New Zealand 3 2014
East Coast Bays North Shore City 3 2013
Mount Wellington Auckland 3 1997
Hamilton Wanderers Hamilton 3 1984
Eastern Suburbs Kohimarama, New Zealand 3 2015
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

Notable players[edit]

This list consists 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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