Since its creation in 2004, Team Wellington has been one of New Zealand's most successful football clubs, having won the league twice and the OFC Champions League in 2018. David Farrington Park is where they play their home games. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000, with 1,500 seats inside the stadium and 500 seats covered by a roof.
Team Wellington was founded as Central Football Club in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to have a team that they could support while living in Wellington. The club started out in the Chatham Cup (the main national competition in New Zealand football) but was knocked out in the first round each year. In its first season, it also took part in the South Island Division 2 championship, which it won. The following season saw it win the North Island Division 1 title too. In 2006, it joined the new-look Premier League, then called the Power Alliance, and stayed there for three seasons before winning the division two title in 2008. The next season saw it claim its first top-flight title when it defeated Auckland City 3-1 in the final game of the season.
Currently, Team Wellington is led by coach John Kosmina who replaced Chris Greenacre after he left the club to take over at Waikato FC.
Many say that Wellington's ability to compete in the A-League has been crucial to the advancement of the New Zealand national team and the greater football scene. The Phoenix were launched as a franchise of the Australian Football League (AFL) in 2004, and competed in the AFL for three seasons before joining the A-League in 2007.
Wellington played its first season in the A-League in 2007, and since then has never looked back. The club has won two titles - the 2008–09 A-League Championship and 2009–10 Super Cup - and was undefeated during the regular season in 2010–11. It also made it to the 2011 AFC Champions League Final but lost 1-3 to Al-Ittihad Club from Saudi Arabia.
Wellington attracts large crowds for its games and is one of the most successful clubs in the A-League. Its success on and off the field has led to it being named Team of the Year eight times by the AFL Commission.
Phoenix founder David White said he started the club because he believed there was a market in New Zealand for professional soccer. He also wanted to give young Wellingtonians an opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing football at a high level.
Wellington Phoenix Football Team is a professional football club headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand. Under license from Football Federation Australia, it participates in the Australian A-League. The team was founded as the Melbourne Knights and played its first match on 5 March 2008, losing 1–4 to Adelaide United at Patersons Stadium.
Wellington has a large New Zealander community and the sport is popular among locals. The Phoenix have been regulars in the top division of the New Zealand National Soccer League since their inception in 2011. In their first season, they won the league title with 100 points, including a perfect 10-0 record at home!
As one of eight teams in Australia's new national soccer league, the A-League, the Wellington Phoenix play their home games at Westpac Stadium. The club is owned by David and Linda Gorman, who also own Manu Samoa and former international players such as Roy Krishna, Paulo Alves and Mark Milligan. They were crowned champions for the first time in 2016/17 season.
Wellington Phoenix Football Club Wellington Phoenix Football Team is a New Zealand professional football club headquartered in Wellington. The team was founded as the Melbourne Knights in 1998 before moving to Phoenix in 2003.
They have won one National Soccer League title in 1975/76 and have been regular season champions on five occasions (2005–2009, 2012–2013). The team's home ground is Westpac Stadium.
Wellington has a large New Zealander population and the national anthems of both countries are identical: "God Save The Queen" by British band The Beatles and "Waltzing Matilda" by Aussie songwriter and poet David Williamson.
The capital city of Wellington is known as the "Football Capital of New Zealand". There are three other teams in New Zealand who play in the top division of their country's soccer league system - Auckland City, Central Districts and Waikato FC. In addition, there is a fourth team based in Oceania - Guam's UP School.
Australia has seven teams who compete in the top division of the Australian soccer league system - Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Sydney FC and Utah Salt Lake.
It is presently held by Waikato, which defeated Hawke's Bay 36-30 on October 9, 2015. See Wellington Rugby Football Union for the team that represents the Wellington Rugby Football Union in the Mitre 10 Cup (Mitre 10 Cup).
The union was founded in 1877 and originally named the New Zealand provincial rugby union. The team played its first match on November 2, 1877, a loss to Auckland RFC. The original club headquarters was at the Old Brewery before moving across the street to the Old Government Buildings in 1880. The club then moved again in 1890 to a site near present-day Victoria University which it shared with another rugby union team, the Victoria Football Club. In 1897, the two clubs joined forces and moved into a new stadium called Westpac Stadium which they share to this day. The Wellington club has won the national championship once, in 1955. They also made the final but lost 19-9 to Toronto.
Currently, the union has eight teams that each play 16 matches during the season. The top four teams qualify for the post-season playoffs while the last place team goes home early.
The Wellington Rugby Football Union team currently plays in the Mitre 10 Cup competition where they have never finished higher than fourth place. They also take part in the Air New Zealand Cup which is an annual rugby union tournament that is contested between sevens teams from around the world.