New Sunday league season set to get underway on May 8 — with one vacancy

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Auckland’s Sunday league competition is set to launch next month with 31 teams — and one vacancy.

The Auckland Sunday Football Association (ASFA) says there is still time to accept one more entry after the late withdrawal of a team from their League One competition.

ASFA secretary Richard Wright says he needs expressions of interest for the team vacancy by 5pm Tuesday April 19, by emailing

ASFA began life as the Auckland Business House Sunday League in 1975.

For nearly half a century, the volunteer-run ASFA have run a winter league and knock-out cup competition for teams located all over Auckland, several of which have strong ties and affiliations to clubs who compete on a Saturday.

The 48th ASFA season starts on Sunday May 8, following the conclusion of their rescheduled 2021 Cup competitions the Sunday prior.

The preliminary round of this year’s Chatham Cup will also feature a some ASFA registered teams, looking to test themselves against their Saturday compatriots.

How ASFA will operate this year

This year’s ASFA competition will consist of four eight-team divisions, one of which is an over-35 masters league.

While the Premiership and Championship teams have been confirmed, the League One competition is one team short.

ASFA says teams do not have to be affiliated to a Saturday club, or even need to have a home ground (this can be arranged).

Games are played on a Sunday afternoon (hence the name), from May to October, and every team will get at least two cup fixtures in addition to their 14 league fixtures.

Entry costs were reduced this year to $2,000 per team, and teams can register up to 20 players ($100 per player).

Teams need two sets of kits, to avoid risk of colour clashes with opponents. Entry costs include the cost of referees, although given the times in which we live we can not guarantee that a referee will be appointed and teams should be prepared to supply a referee on those occasions (refunds are offered to teams who are not supplied a referee).

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