National Youth League Trials

Hamilton Wanderers is looking for players who are interested in being part of their 2017 National Youth League squad.

The National Men’s Youth League is New Zealand’s premier football competition for male footballers born on or after 01 January 1998. The league consists of ten football clubs spread throughout New Zealand, with all teams playing each other once in a single round robin format. The league is administered by New Zealand Football and it runs from mid-October through until mid-December 2017.

Wanderers Sports Club is based at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton and is the only club from the greater Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taupo regions with a license to play in the league. Last year Wanderers won the National Youth League title and seven youth players then went on to make appearances for the Men’s National League team. Wanderers are looking to further build upon that success and player development this season. As part of this strategy it is Ricki Herbert’s (men’s team head coach) intention for both the youth and men’s team to train together twice a week.

Wanderers wish to invite all skilled footballers from within the WaiBOP region to attend our trial matches for the purpose of gaining selection to our National Youth League team. It is envisaged the successful trialists will have been born in 1998, 1999, 2000 or 2001 and will be currently playing for their local school 1st XI or club senior / senior reserve team. Those footballers selected for the final squad will be expected to attend up to three trainings per week at Porritt Stadium in addition to the weekend league matches.

The trial matches will be held on Sunday September 10, 2017 and Sunday September 17, 2017 at Hamilton Wanderers Football Club, Porritt Stadium, Crosby Road, Hamilton. Meet at 10:30 am for 11:00 am start.

All football players interested in attending the trial please email Michael Built at

Your email should include the following details: Name, Date of birth, Preferred playing position(s), Current team(s), Telephone number, Email address.

Your application to attend the trial should be forwarded to the above email address no later than Friday September 8 2017.