National Women's League (New Zealand)
|Number of teams||7|
|Current champions||Canterbury United Pride|
|Most championships||Auckland Football Federation (6)|
The National Women's League (previously known as the ASB National Women's League) is the top level women's football league in New Zealand. Unlike its male counterpart, the ISPS Handa Premiership, the teams are run by the regional federations rather than as collaborative entities between local clubs.
The league was founded in 2002 and ran until the end of the 2007, after which the league went on hiatus. The league was resumed in 2009 with five federations participating, as well as the national women's under-19 team development squad. The league currently contains seven teams, one run by each federation.
The league was run as a pure round-robin league format in 2002 and 2003. From 2004 to 2007 there were play-offs, with the second- and third-placed teams after the round-robin competing in a one legged semi-final at the second-placed team's home ground. The winner of that and the first-place team then played the Grand Final to decide the champion.
From 2009 to 2012, the league was split into two divisions, a Northern and a Southern Conference, each of four teams that play each other twice. After the season there are semi-finals, with the winner of each conference playing the runners-up of the other. The winners of those play the Grand Final. In 2013 the league reverted to the system used from 2004 to 2008.
From 2010, the league has run in the summer (previous seasons were held over winter). From 2010 to 2014, the league became age-restricted as a national women's youth league, with players of under-20 age only participating. The restrictions were removed in 2015, and since then the league has run as an unrestricted full women's league.
NZ Football is looking to move the National Women's League to club-based competition like the Men's competition by 2020. It also hopes to expand the number of games each federation plays in 2018 to a two-round system where each team plays home and away once against every other team in the competition.
- Northern Football (as "North Harbour" until 2007) (2002–2007, 2010–
- Auckland Football (2002–
- WaiBOP United (2002–
- Central Football (as "Central Soccer" until 2007) (2002–2007, 2010–
- Capital Football (as "Capital Soccer" until 2006) (2002–
- Canterbury United Pride (as "Mainland Soccer" (2002–2005), "Mainland Pride" (2006–2007, 2010–), and "Mainland Football" (2009)) (2002–
- Southern United (as "Soccersouth" until 2007) (2002–
- Auckland Under-20 Development (2010–2011)
- New Zealand Football Development (2005–2006, 2009, 2014–2016)
- Northern Region Development (2011–2013)
- Young Ferns (2013–2014)
List of champions
The list of champions:
- 2002: Auckland Football Federation
- 2003: Auckland Football Federation
- 2004: Capital Football vs Auckland Football Federation* (2-1)
- 2005: Auckland Football Federation vs Capital Football* (4-2)
- 2006: Auckland Football Federation* vs Capital Football (3-1)
- 2007: Auckland Football Federation* vs Capital Football (3-1)
- 2008: no competition
- 2009: Auckland Football Federation* vs Capital Football (5-1)
- 2010: Capital Football* vs Waikato-Bay of Plenty (2-1)
- 2011: Northern Football Federation* vs Waikato-Bay of Plenty (3-0)
- 2012: Northern Football Federation* vs Auckland Football Federation (2-0)
- 2013: Mainland Pride vs Northern Football Federation* (4-2)
- 2014: Mainland Pride* vs New Zealand Football Development (3-1)
- 2015: Northern Football Federation vs Mainland Pride* (4–3)
- 2016: Canterbury United Pride* vs Capital Football (2–0)
- 2017: Auckland Football Federation vs Canterbury United Pride* (3–2)
- 2018: Canterbury United Pride* v Northern Lights (3–2)
*Home team for final.
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