There are many football clubs in Auckland, some which are well known and popular and others which are smaller and less followed. Here, we look at some of the teams in this part of New Zealand in more detail.
This Association Football club is based, as you may have caused, in Auckland. Competing in the NZFC at the highest level, this team has been the winner of the regular season no less than 7 times, and has won the Grand Final 6 times. They have represented the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) in the OFC Champions League and have reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals.
This Association football club is semi-professional and is based in Auckland’s Three Kings. Currently competitors in the Lott Sport Italia NRFL Premier league, this club has more than 2000 players registered with it, including more than 100 different junior teams, 20 teams of seniors and 70 teams for youths. This makes it New Zealand’s biggest football club. Although Keith Hay Park is their home ground, they use several other parks located around the central Auckland area.
This professional Association club is located in New Zealand’s Northcross in North Shore City. Currently, they are competitors in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier. The team is best known as winners of the Chatham Cup in 1981, 2010, 2008 and 2013. The club was founded back in 1958 and today, the team has a junior section of around 900 players as well as a ladies section which is becoming more popular. It also has 6 teams which compete in other leagues apart from the Premiers. It is also the first club in the country to have been issued with New Zealand Football’s Quality Mark.
This football club has its home in Waitakere City and is one of the ISPS Handa Premiership franchises, playing at home at the Fred Taylor Park as well as The Trusts Arena. This team was formed in 2004 as a specially franchised club to play in the NZFC, and it represents twelve member clubs. During their inaugural season they finished as runners up after Auckland City took the title, and two seasons later they finished as premiers in the NZFC however narrowly lost out to Auckland City once more in the championship’s grand final.
In 2007, Waitakere competed in the OFC Champions League and finished at the top of their group. They defeated Fiji’s Ba FC in the championship final to take the title of the first ever champions of the OFC league. Waitakere and Auckland City are well known rivals.
This association football club has its base in New Lynn in Auckland and competes not only in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier but also in some other premier divisions. Having been the 3 times winners of the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier, they are currently the Champions. The club was formed in 1998 when Green Bay Titirangi United and Blockhouse Bay merged to make a single organisation.
Today, they compete regularly in the Chatham Cup tournament and two of their most notable players to date include Ramin Ott who played for Bay Olympic between 2008 and 2009 and Danny Robinson who played for the club between 2010 and 2011.
There are no less than 45 Association Football Clubs in Auckland. While some are professional, others are semi-professional and more are amateurs, however all have their own fans who follow them and cheer them on every time they play, whether in a national competition or in local games.