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Empirical hypothetical

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games recently concluded, and as I do each time this quadrennial event occurs, I briefly pondered what it would be like if football was part of the Games. Football has never been a part of this sporting occasion. This year, I decided to work out who would […]

Playing in the name of

If Kate Sheppard was a footballer, she’d undoubtedly be a playmaker. She’d lead from the front, pull the strings and spearhead the attack. Elegant, precise, she’d prise open the field with a well-timed run or bring in her teammates with a perfectly weighted through ball. But she wouldn’t be afraid […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]

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 […]

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 […]

Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

The joy of six

New Zealand 6, Samoa 0 Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, July 21 2017 What better way is there to spend the last week day of one’s vacation than by standing in torrential rain and hail at Ngahue Reserve, watching New Zealand become the first country in the world (hosts aside) to book […]