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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 […]

A good day

New Zealand Football announced today that, in a world first, the Football Ferns will have pay parity with the All Whites, as well as enjoying equal distribution of prize money, equal rights for image use and equality of access to business class travel while representing New Zealand. This is a […]

The plan, Stan

New Zealand Football have released a new plan for the next three years’ worth of national competitions and there is something quite remarkable about it – I agree with almost every word! The highlights from my perspective are: The National Women’s League will stay federation based for now and move […]

Unfurling the koru

One of the worst kept secrets in our game is out! New Zealand Football’s plan for the development of our national women’s team – the Football Ferns – has been made public. Its centrepiece is a squad of locally based female internationals training in Auckland, with access to top class […]

A question of priorities

This morning’s shock announcement by Abby Erceg of her international retirement speaks for itself really, but I couldn’t let it pass without making one or two observations of my own… If you haven’t already, please listen to her full interview on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show. Abby talks […]

Guest Post – Hard to Beet

By Cordwainer Bull They served us beetroot for the entree at New Zealand Football’s 125th anniversary dinner. It was one of those pretentious haute cuisine dishes, lovingly titivated with colourful garnishes, and seemingly designed as much for photographing as eating. Not that beetroot was ever going to cut it as […]

Guest Post – Cracking the Code

By Cordwainer Bull A few weeks back I found myself drafting up a Code of Conduct for my club. It’s something required as a component part of the Quality Club Mark award – a laudable New Zealand Football initiative aimed at promoting best practice in the way football is delivered […]