New Zealand Football & Footballsouth – Whole of Football Plan
New Zealand Football has launched the ‘Whole of Football’ plan with the full support of Footballsouth.
Football in New Zealand is perfectly placed to capitalise on some golden opportunities. With international success, a higher profile and greater financial stability, we now have the chance to implement a national development structure to benefit participants at all levels. It involves everyone in the game working together, which is why it’s called the Whole of Football Plan (WOFP).
This master plan aligns all our development programmes to provide a unified pathway into the game and deliver a consistent experience to all participants. It’s not just about players – it also involves the ongoing development of coaches, referees and administrators.
The plan will be delivered in three stages, starting with Junior development and moving into Youth and finally Senior development. This is not just a programme for elite talent (although it will certainly help outstanding players make the most of their abilities). Our goal is for everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability to enjoy a high quality football experience that’s tailored to their particular needs.
Benefits of the Whole of Football Plan
We all have a part to play, and we will all reap the rewards of a more professional and consistent approach. The benefits will include:
1. Growing the Sport
With a high quality development programme in place throughout the country, football will be better placed to retain and develop the young talent it discovers. In a nutshell, it will provide more quality football opportunities for more players – and that means more chances for Kiwis to develop a lifelong love of the game.
2. Transferring Best Practice
Our new programme has been extensively researched and developed over three years. It’s based on evidence, not opinions. The master plan draws on best practice from football development programmes around the world and then adapted to our unique New Zealand conditions.
3. A Consistent Experience
Our new approach allows clubs and other organisations to offer the appropriate competitions and skills development at all levels, in all regions. A player can move from Whangarei to Invercargill and pick up where he or she left off.
4. National Support for the Grassroots
The programme provides a turnkey operation that’s ready for regional and grassroots organisations to deliver to their stakeholders. With a significant chunk of initial funding provided up front, clubs and regional federations can focus on performance on the playing field.