2006–07 New Zealand Football Championship
|League||New Zealand Football Championship|
|Number of teams||8|
The 2006–07 New Zealand Football Championship was the third season of the New Zealand Football Championship and began on 14 October 2006, and finished on 16 April 2007. Auckland City FC won the title, following up their wins in 2004/2005 and 2005/2006.
In the regular season, all teams played each other three times. The playoff stage was changed slightly (reverting to the old format used during the 2004 season), with the top three teams now going through to the playoffs (as opposed to the previous season's five).
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Waitakere United||21||15||2||4||47||23||+24||47||Qualified for the 2007 and 2007–08 OFC Champions League|
|2||YoungHeart Manawatu||21||14||3||4||58||30||+28||45||2007 New Zealand Football Championship Finals|
|3||Auckland City (C)||21||12||6||3||50||30||+20||42||Qualified for the 2007 and 2007–08 OFC Champions League|
|6||Hawke's Bay United||21||4||4||13||29||49||−20||16|
- The regular stage winners win "Premiership" and qualify for Round 2 of the playoffs.
- The teams finished 2nd to 3rd qualify for Round 1 of the playoffs.
- Auckland City had their 1-0 victory overturned, and was stripped of three competition points, for fielding an ineligible player in the NZFC match against Waitakere United on 29 October. Their winning goal scored during the match was also forfeited as a result. Waitakere was declared winner of the match and awarded three points accordingly. Waitakere United took advantage of the ruling, and went on to qualify for the 2007 Oceania Champions League on 19 November, as the first round leader (after the opening 7 games) of the NZFC ladder.
In the playoff system, the games are broken up into two rounds.
The second place team plays the third place team to make the Grand Final.
The Premiers (i.e. winners of the regular stage), receive a bye straight to the Grand Final, where they face the winners from the Elimination Final.
The champions of the 2006–07 New Zealand Football Championship and the league runners-up, will go on to represent New Zealand in the OFC Champions League 2008
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