Soccer (or football) has been played in various forms since medieval times, however the soccer we know and love today was officially formed at Cambridge University in 1848. New Zealand's professional A-league domestic tournament was established in 1965. The sport enjoys global popularity, played recreationally and professionally by over 250 million people in over 200 countries. FIFA is the international governing body of soccer.
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Is soccer right for your kids?
Soccer builds speed, agility, coordination, and teamwork. Strategic skills are also utilised to breach the opposition's defence.
Soccer is widely played in New Zealand, at both a professional and recreational level. There are many Soccer Clubs and Soccer Associations to join. Children between three and five years old can begin soccer for as little as $150 per term (depending on the location). For older kids, registration costs around $200 per season. Registration usually takes place in February or March.
Children who play soccer will develop their concentration skills whilst also developing their fitness and social skills. It is a non-contact sport, although some contact can occur at professional levels.
Get your kids started!
Equipment and clothing children will need:
- T-shirt and shorts
- Soccer boots (runners at junior levels)
- Soccer socks
- Shin Guards
- Soccer ball for practice
At later levels, shin guards and mouthguards must be worn. You can play indoor soccer or outdoor soccer throughout New Zealand. You will find everything you need to know about soccer in your local area in the ActiveActivities directory.
Tips for success
- Practise footwork and running with the ball in your backyard at home
- Kick a ball with friends during recess or lunchtime
- Practise your juggling: juggling in soccer is when you see how long you can keep the ball in the air without it touching the ground.
Stars and events not to be missed!
Watch the New Zealand Premiership (ASB Premiership), the highest level of domestic football in the country.
New Zealand's success in international soccer is growing. The All Whites (New Zealan's national football team) made it to the group stages of the 1982 and the 2010 FIFA World Cups. Star players include Shane Smeltz, Ryan Nelsen, and Ivan Vicelich.