Understanding New Zealand’s Top Football League Division

New Zealand is a sporty country that has a number of sporting activities such as football, basketball, rugby and many others. Football is quite famous in the state, and there are several football leagues with the New Zealand Football Championship being the top-flight league in the country.

New Zealand Football Championship

This is a professional football league in New Zealand that hosts a number of teams. It is specifically a men’s competition. The league founded in 2004 currently has ten teams. Due to their sponsorship agreement, the league is also referred to as the ISPS Handa Premiership. The league is under the Oceania Football Confederation and its season runs from October to April.

Dominant Teams

Auckland City has become a household name in the New Zealand elite competition. The team is termed as the most successful in the league currently having won seven championships. They are also the current premiership champions with the most of titles at ten titles. Other clubs that have participated in the league for a while include Canterbury United, Southern United, Team Wellington and also Waitakere United.


Apart from the championship, teams in this league also get to participate in other competitions. There is a domestic cup called the White Ribbon Cup. There is also an international competition for the teams referred to as the OFC Champions League.

Details about the League

The New Zealand top football league, unlike many other professional leagues, does not promote or relegate teams. Each season, two top teams usually qualify for the OFC Champions League competition which is an international competition for teams in the Oceania region. The league matches take eighteen rounds each season with two legs. After the eighteen rounds, there are play-off matches that involve the top four teams in that season. The play-offs determine the participants of the grand finale.