The story of how women’s football got started in Auckland almost 50 years ago

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While next year will celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, 2023 will also provide another milestone for women’s football.

It will be the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Auckland Women’s Football Association, the body that formalised the organisation of the sport in the region.

The story of the AWFA’s first decade is recorded in a 28-page booklet it produced in 1983.

The original booklet, sponsored by Keith Hay Homes, has been converted to a digital format by Friends of Football writer Joan Grey.

Friends of Football are grateful to women’s football pioneer Carol Waller for making the printed publication available.

Read the book here

Our archive of New Zealand football publications

Friends of Football has been building an archive of New Zealand football publications after converting them to a digital format.

Click on the image below to go to our archive.

You’ll find match programmes for games played almost a century ago; for international games and for touring teams; for national league and Chatham Cup ties.

Want to help?

If you have a passion for preserving the heritage of New Zealand football, you can help build our digital archive.

We’re seeking volunteers with the desire and skills to help scan our printed programmes as part of the process of converting them to a digital format. You’ll need a scanner, a methodical nature and time to put into the project (each publication takes up to two hours to scan).

In return, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped future generations to discover our sport’s heritage.

Email us at [email protected]

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