Over the last few years football has become the most popular team sport for children within the age bracket of 5-18 (Sport NZ, 2012). New Zealand Football responded to this growth in developing their award winning Whole of Football Plan which now provides an aligned strategy for the development of football across the country. In 2013 over 84,000 footballers played in organised club teams and another 23,000 played in school teams.

Whole of Football

At an international level, New Zealand has three national teams gaining worldwide recognition for their achievements. The All Whites, the Football Ferns and the Futsal Whites are all experiencing international acknowledgement.  The Whole of Football Plan further aligns the talent pathway to ensure improved international success in the coming years.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Football is one of seven Football Federations across New Zealand who are tasked to deliver and manage The Whole of Football Plan. For the players, this includes four key pillars of community recreation, community participation, talented perform and talented excel. This is in conjunction with the development and support of football administrators, referees and coaches.

What we do

The Federation organises and coordinates four key components across the game; including the provision of a competition structure, player, coach and referee development, (including talent) and club/game support. It has a total of 13 staff with several Football Development Officers along with specific Futsal, Women’s and Referee development officers covering the region.

In 2016, the Waikato and Bay of Plenty has 14,066 registered players. There are 105 clubs and schools registered with 100 qualified match officials and approximately 1800 qualified coaches. This is not including the many parents involved on a volunteer basis in administration, coaching, refereeing and managing of teams and clubs (estimated at being approximately 3,500 volunteers).  There are over 225 competitions with approximately 1,200 teams entered across the region.