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Hobbling into summer

Northern Football 5, Central Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 9 2017 It had been so long since the last fine day in Auckland that I was starting to believe it occurred sometime around about the Palaeolithic Period – right around the time that humans first started to find […]

Play-Off, Priced Out

I suppose we were warned. Andy Martin’s comments that failure to qualify would require New Zealand Football to reduce its spending on international friendlies in future did have the faint clang of doom about it. So too did Billy Harris’ column advocating $100 tickets for the New Zealand v Peru […]

El Mundial

It’s a cry that’s been heard around the world this past week, ‘El mundial, el mundial, el mundial’ or the local language’s equivalent to it. Costa Rica qualified in the 94th minute of their game after equalising against Honduras, reducing one Honduran to furiously punching the dugout at the points […]

The Long Read: FFDP’s first year

One of the big stories in women’s football this year was the announcement of the Football Ferns Development Programme (FFDP). It’s a new high performance programme for domestic players keen to train in as close to a professional environment that New Zealand can provide. While many of New Zealand’s top […]

The NWSL: A Status Update

The National Women’s Soccer League, otherwise known as the NWSL, has to be considered a vulnerable league. In 2016, the NWSL played its fourth season, becoming the first professional women’s soccer league in the States to make it that far. In 2017, they surpassed that mark and have just completed […]

The Matilda Effect: The New 99ers?

Something is happening across the Tasman. The Australian Women’s National Team (the Matildas), are currently taking Australia, and the rest of the world, by storm. We’re used to women’s football being in the news because of pay disputes, or Hope Solo calling Sweden cowards, or because it’s the United States. […]

Take a bow

I think I’m breaking a few of my own rules for our women’s football kōrero in writing this post. Ignoring what the Twitter trolls say tops that list, closely followed by allowing behaviours driven by a toxic, if fragile, masculinity to influence the direction of the kōrero. Knocking out a […]