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Nobody knows anything

I really don’t know much about football, and I point this out a lot. I haven’t played it at any organised level since I was 8. I watch quite a lot of it, but I’m not a detail guy. I honestly don’t know a 4-4-2 from a 4-3-3 from a […]

Ferns to the Fore

In June, New Zealand Football announced that an independent review into their organisation would be conducted. It was catalysed by 13 complaints made by Football Ferns players regarding a toxic culture under coach Andreas Heraf whilst the squad was on tour in Spain and in camp in Wellington. Today, Philipa […]

Headed for a Heartbreak

Southern United 1-2 Auckland Football Federation. Sunday 30th September, Tahuna Park, Dunedin. Auckland’s trip down south to take on Southern United on Sunday afternoon was always going to be the game of the round in this third week of the 2018 National Women’s League. The same fixture opened the 2017 NWL […]

The Stream Age

There’s been a fair bit in the mainstream press about retired NZF CEO Andy Martin’s attempts last year to ship the rights to the NZFC, NWL and Chatham Cup to a company whose specific aim would be to market them to betting companies. This, potentially, was a disaster waiting to […]

An Enlightening Fixture

Northern Lights 0 – 0 Southern United. Sunday 23rd September, McFetridge Park. The recently rebranded Northern Lights had to wait a week to kick off their National Women’s League campaign, having been handed the bye in Round 1. That meant they got to watch, and ponder, Southern United’s 6-1 dismantling […]

Adapting the Beautiful Game

Many of us take for granted some of the seemingly simple things in life. Near the top of the list is the ability to move about and walk without major restriction, and subsequently the ability to play and be involved in the game of football. Not everyone is so fortunate. […]

A proud day

Canterbury United Pride 4 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League 16 September 2018 English Park, Christchurch Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). First weekend of the National Women’s League, and another match featuring teams with expectations. Canterbury through weight […]