Federation Skill Centre

Skill Centre – 2017

Click HERE to access the draw for the upcoming WaiBOP Skill Centre game day on Sunday August 27 at Puarenga Park, Rotorua.

This will be the final Skill Centre game day for 2017.


Please contact your nearest Federation Development Officer if you have any questions.


What is the Federation Skill Centre?

The Federation Skills Centre is a development programme that has been specifically designed for the ‘future’ football player. NZ Football has reviewed the latest research and best practice from around the world and molded to fit our unique culture to accelerate the skills of the ‘serious’ Kiwi footballer. The programme is under-pinned by NZ Football’s ‘Player-Centred’ Coaching approach, which means every player will be treated as an individual and receive the best coaching available.


Where it fits

The Skills Centre complements the ‘club’ practice and builds on the skills the players learn throughout the season. Boys and Girls that attend the programme will learn the skills required to enjoy the game and achieve their goals. This programme is the first step on the NZ Football ‘Talent Pathway’ and leads into the Federation Talent Centre & National Talent Centre programmes for 13-16year olds.


Why do we need this programme?

The world’s best players are technically better than ever before and getting better all the time. This programme will take advantage of the ‘Golden Years of Learning’ (between 9 & 12yrs) by giving our young players the tools to develop their technique and skill to enjoy the game more


New Skill Centre + and Skill Centre Open –  2017 onwards

WaiBOP Football has been delivering the NZ Football Skill Centre programme in its current format for the past 4-5 years and in that time a number of players have gone on to become National Talent Centre (NTC) players and NZ age group representatives. This programme has focused on selecting the best players and providing them with extra training & game opportunities to further develop their football ability.

NZ Football has now created two separate Skill Centre programmes, the Skill Centre Open and the Skill Centre +, to better cater for the needs of the growing number of talented players within the 9-12 year old age groups.

The Skill Centre Open is available to all junior players aged 9-12yrs who wish to play more football and further develop their ability. This programme is delivered by WaiBOP Football at a regional centre or by a registered and approved Whole of Football club. It offers additional development opportunities within a familiar environment throughout the year with clear training guidelines, including a curriculum based on international best practice. Junior footballers displaying a higher level of potential within the Skill Centre Open will be ideally placed to be selected and invited into a Skill Centre + programme.

The Skill Centre + programme will continue to be offered by WaiBOP Football in 2017 with trials for targeted groups planned for May 2017. Players identified from the trials will be invited to attend training at a central venue within each of the WaiBOP Football regions and under the guidance of approved Federation coaches. This will help to accelerate player development as players will be required to operate at a standard that involves a higher level of performance across the four corners, i.e. physical, technical, tactical and mental. This will form the beginning of the ‘Talent Pathway’ for players aiming to become future All Whites and Football ferns.


Who can deliver a Skill Centre?

Currently, WaiBOP Football is responsible for the delivery of the Skill Centre + programme. However, we are very keen to work closely with those clubs that feel that they have the ability to meet the requirements needed to deliver a Skill Centre programme into the future. Any club wishing to become involved in delivering the Skill Centre programme should contact their regional FDO to find out if they meet the required criteria.


For more information regarding the Skill Centre programme in your region please contact your regional Football Development Officer.