This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (June 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Full name||Waitakere United|
|Ground||Douglas Field at The Trusts Arena|
|League||ISPS Handa Premiership|
Waitakere United is a football club based in Waitakere City, New Zealand. They are one of the franchises in the ISPS Handa Premiership. They play their home games at Fred Taylor Park in Kumeu and The Trusts Arena.
Waitakere United was formed as a special franchise club in 2004 to play in the New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC), New Zealand's top domestic football competition. The team represents 12 member clubs from Mt Albert to the Kaipara.
In the inaugural season (2004–05) of the NZFC, Waitakere United finished runners-up to champions Auckland City but they followed up with a very disappointing 6th place in the next season. In the following season, however, Waitakere finished as NZFC premiers but lost in the grand final once again to Auckland City FC 3–2.
Due to the withdrawal of Vanuatu's Port Vila Sharks, Waitakere was given a berth in the inaugural OFC Champions League, for 2007, as NZFC premiers. They finished atop their group, edging out Auckland City and New Caledonia's AS Mont-Dore. They went on to defeat Ba FC of Fiji in the final, becoming the first OFC-League champions. Commins Menapi scored a crucial away goal that proved the difference as the tie finished 2–2 in aggregate. Taking this championship qualified United to compete in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost in the 'play-in' match to Sepahan 1–3.
Waitakere United defended their championship in capturing the 2007–08 OFC Champions League, defeating Kossa in the final 6–3 in goal aggregate. During this season, Douglas Field was under extensive renovation forcing Waitakere United to play most of their home fixtures at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai.
- New Zealand Football Championship
- OFC Champions League (2): 2007, 2007–08
- ASB National Youth League (2): 2008, 2011
- ASB Phoenix Challenge: 2010
- ASB Charity Cup: 2012
Performance in OFC competitions
- OFC Champions League: 7 appearances
FIFA Club World Cup History
|FIFA Club World Cup History|
|2007||Play-off||Waitakere United 1 – 3 Sepahan||Loss||Aghily 74' (o.g.)|
|2008||Play-off||Waitakere United 1 – 2 Adelaide United||Loss||Seaman 34'|
As of 9 November 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Youth Team Coach: Mark Holt
- Goalkeeper coach: Kevin O'Leary
- Chris Milicich (2004–05)
- Steve Cain (July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007)
- Chris Milicich (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2009)
- Neil Emblen (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012)
- Paul Marshall (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013)
- Paul Temple & Brian Shelley(July 1, 2013–15)
- Chris Milicich (2015–Present)
- "Engenium - Trusts Stadium Grandstand, with covered seating for 3000, located in Waitakere City is situated next door to the Trusts Stadium". www.engenium.co.nz. Retrieved 16 April 2018.