The New Zealand Football Talent Development Programme (TDP) provides an aligned, co-ordinated approach to the development of high potential youth footballers, aged 13-17 years – both boys and girls.

Its main aim is to provide a challenging, structured programme for players, in an enjoyable environment that maximises player development.

The programme has three objectives:

  • Produce better players in NZ by increasing the number and quality of training sessions for players 13-17 years old
  • Provide clear training guidelines based on NZ environment for youth footballers wanting to be the best they can be
  • Create a clear aspirational pathway for youth footballers in NZ

The programme has a clear player development focus rather than outcomes and results focus.

New Zealand Football Accreditation  Process

The accreditation standards are set by New Zealand Football, and have a range of critera, including:

- Head Coach and all Programme Coaches must hold specified coaching qualifications

- Minimum requirements for training sessions, Coach-Player ratios

- A clear player pathway, meaning a team per age group (U13, U14, U15 and U17 for Boys / U14/16 For Girls)

- The playing philosphy and curriculum delivered must follow an approved standard

A club can hold accreditation for Boys or Girls, or both. 

The accreditation process has a preliminary year, during which WaiBOP Federation Development Officers are involved to help clubs ensure they meet all the critera. 

If your club is interested in becoming a TDP club, please contact Ken Cresswell for more information 

Read the New Zealand Football Talent Development Programme Manual Here

Playing Leagues

WaiBOP Clubs with TDP accreditation are able to enter in the Lotto NRFL Youth Competition, a league that includes clubs from Northern Region Football (Auckland and Northland).

However, they also have the option of playing in the WaiBOP Federation Y-league, because that maybe the appropriate level to support their players development. 

WaiBOP clubs accredited in NZF Talent Development Programme delivery for 2024 are:

Cambridge FC - Mixed

Hamilton Wanderers – Mixed

Melville Utd – Mixed and Girls

Tauranga Moana - Mixed

These clubs have all chosen to enter the Lotto NRFL Youth Competition.

LOTTO NRFL Youth competitions draws are here

Boys/Mixed Leagues: U17 Boys / U15 Boys / U14 Boys

Girls Leagues: U16 Girls / U14 Girls