Under starters orders! Your guide to the weekend’s fixtures … all on one page

Top club football gets underway around the country with opening games in the Northern, Central and Southern Leagues.

In the Northern and WaiBOP regions, the Lotto NRFL men’s and women’s competitions start their winter seasons.

The Wellington Phoenix men take a break during the international window but the women head to Newcastle for a must-win game if they want to avoid the women’s A-League’s wooden spoon.

And, of course, the All Whites and our U-22 national men’s squad take on China in the second of their two-match series in Wellington on Sunday.

Our previews

Click on the following links for our weekend preview stories:

READ MORE: Rule change and promoted sides add interest to new Northern League season >>>>

READ MORE: Last seasons’ top two face off in Central League opening weekend >>>>

READ MORE: Friday night showdown headlines opening round of Southern League >>>>

READ MORE: Newly-promoted Coast take on high-flying Springs in women’s season opener >>>>

READ MORE: Revamped Lotto NRFL Championship begins with new faces in the dugouts >>>>

READ MORE: Familiar feel to Northern Conference as new comp replaces second division >>>>

READ MORE: Local derby kicks off opening round of new Lotto NRFL Southern Conference >>>>

READ MORE: Floodlit games to get new-look Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship underway >>>>

Here’s your guide to a busy footballing weekend:


Games to be played on Friday March 24, 2023

Southern League

Ferrymead Bays v Coastal Spirit
Ferrymead Park, Christchurch, 7.15pm

Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League

Western Springs v Hibiscus Coast
Seddon Fields, Auckland, 7.30 pm

Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship

Fencibles United v Te Atatu
William Green Domain, Auckland, 7.30 pm

Manukau United v Franklin United
Mangere Centre Park, Auckland, 7.30 pm

Games to be played on Saturday March 25, 2023

Women’s A-League

Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle, 5pm (NZT)

Northern League

Auckland City v Western Springs
Kiwitea Street, Sandringham, 3pm

Auckland United v Takapuna
Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill, 3pm

Bay Olympic v Manukau United
Olympic Park, New Lynn, 6pm

Melville United v Eastern Suburbs
Gower Park, Hamilton, 3pm

West Coast Rangers v Hamilton Wanderers
Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai, 3pm

Central League

Stop Out v Napier City Rovers
Hutt Park, Lower Hutt, 2.30pm

Whanganui Athletic v Petone 
Wembley Park, Whanganui, 2.30pm

Wellington Phoenix Reserves v Waterside Karori
Fraser Park (Turf), Lower Hutt, 3pm

North Wellington  v Western Suburbs
Alex Moore Artificial, Wellington, 3pm

Wellington Olympic v Miramar Rangers
Wakefield Park, Wellington, 3.45pm

Southern League

Selwyn United v Nelson Suburbs
Foster Park, Christchurch, 11.30am

Dunedin City Royals v Nomads United
Football Turf, Dunedin, 12pm

Christchurch United v Green Island
United Sports Centre, Christchurch, 1.30pm

FC Twenty 11 v Cashmere Technical
Avonhead Park, Christchurch, 2.45pm

Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League

West Coast Rangers v Hamilton Wanderers
Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, 12.30 pm

Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship

Ellerslie v Waiheke United
Michaels Ave, Ellerslie, 3pm

Fencibles United v Metro
Riverhills Park, Pakuranga, 3pm

East Coast Bays v Ngaruawahia United
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, 3pm

Tauranga City v Hibiscus Coast
Ocean Downs, Mt Maunganui, 3pm

North Shore United v Mt Albert Ponsonby
Allen Hill Stadium, Devonport, 3pm

Northern Rovers v Onehunga Mangere United
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 3pm

Lotto NRFL Northern Conference

Albany United v Waitemata
Ngahue Reserve, 3pm

Oratia United v West Auckland
Crum Park, Auckland, 3pm

Franklin United v Beachlands Maraetai
Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, 3pm

Bucklands Beach v Northland 
MacLeans College, Bucklands Beach, 3pm

Lotto NRFL Southern Conference

Cambridge v Claudelands Rovers
John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge 2pm

Taupo v Papamoa
Crown Park, Taupo, 3pm

Te Awamutu v Otumoetai
The Stadium, Te Awamutu, 3pm

Waikato Unicol v Ngongotaha Lakes
Jansen Park, Hamilton, 3pm

Games to be played on Sunday March 26, 2023

International games

New Zealand U-22 v China PR
Sky Stadium, Wellington, 12.30pm (NZT)

All Whites v China PR
Sky Stadium, Wellington, 4pm (NZT)

Northern League

Birkenhead United v Manurewa
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 3pm

Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League

Eastern Suburbs v Auckland United
Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, 1 pm

Ellerslie v Northern Rovers
Michael’s Ave Reserve, Auckland, 3 pm

Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship

Otumoetai v Onehunga Sports
Fergusson Park, Tauranga, 1 pm

Tauranga City v Central United
Links Ave Reserve, Tauranga, 1 pm

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