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North vs South

23 January 2021
Rotorua International Stadium
Aotearoa

Māori Football is proud to announce North vs South — the first of its kind in domestic football contests in here in New Zealand

Saturday, 23 January 2021
Rotorua International Stadium
Rotorua, New Zealand

In partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council, this national series will be played at the Rotorua National Stadium with 8 teams competing:

  • Ngā Tane Whanapoikiri – Senior Men
  • Ngā Wahine Whanapoikiri – Senior Women
  • Ngā Tama Whanapoikiri – U16 Boys
  • Ngā Hine Whanapoikiri – U16 Girls

Registrations are open and trials will be communicated to all players in September with more news and updates to follow on our website and social media. If you would like to know more, please get in touch or read more on our events here.

Registrations now open across the nation

Get involved with North vs South and make a name for yourself #Pride

Defining North and South

Players must choose to be affiliated with either North or South teams. Players can choose whichever they feel is most representative of them, but our default definitions are as follows:

“North” consists of players hailing from New Zealand’s top 3 football federations – Northern Region Football (NRF/NFF/AFF), WaiBOP Football, and Central Football.

“South” consists of players from New Zealand’s bottom 3 football federations – Capital Football, Mainland Football, and Football South.

Click here to see a map of the federations

Registration, ID camps and trials

Any player can register as long as they can prove their whakapapa — which is what makes us Māori. This can be through iwi registration or alternative methods which we can support players with.

Players will be required to start the registration process with Māori Football in order to get started. Part of the trials and squad selection process, players will then be invited to ID camps held in their area.

Information on ID camps, trial dates and locations for each team will be communicated throughout September. Get started by selecting your team below.

Sponsorship opportunities

Partnership and sponsorhip opportunties with international and national visibility

The North vs South contest promises to have incredibly high visibility across New Zealand. With opportunities to collaborate from naming rights, apparel sponsorship, live streaming and more, we are currently open to discussing potential partnerships.

Contact us for more information

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