Laws of the Game & Updates

WaiBOP Football’s Referee Development Manager, Mark Hester, will run a couple sessions covering the Laws of the Game, including covering the recent updates, at the end of March.

The dates and venues for these meetings are:

Monday 27 March
Room HE1
Bethlehem College Events Centre

Wednesday 29 March
Trust Waikato Room
Brian Perry Sports House

The presentation will cover important changes and some other areas of the Laws of the Game. It is aimed at coaches, and players of teams playing an unmodified version of the game but all are welcome.

Please visit our website for more information –

Regards, Catherine

Catherine Clark
Administrator, WaiBOP Football Federation

We are out !

The Ngaruawahia United AFC committee and Life members, regretfully inform you of the decision to withdraw from Division two of the Northern Regional Football League.

Our club has been a part of this competition for over 40 years and this was an incredibly difficult decision.
Unfortunately due to the inability to attract a sufficient number of talented players and coaching staff, we are unable to field the required number of teams to compete at this level.

This does not mean the end of our Club. We have the best Football facilities in the Waikato District. We will focus on developing our juniors and improving our facilities, whilst looking to attract Coaches and players who possess the drive, attitude and ability to return to Northern League Football.

Our Senior Men’s and Ladies teams will play within the Waikato Leagues for the 2017 season.

The Auckland and Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Federations have been advised.

To stay or not to stay – that is the situation

Ngaruawahia United AFC is urgently reviewing its Northern League status.

Current and Past players and members are invited to attend an Urgent meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at the Club, to decide whether or not to remain in the NRFL. This is a result of reducing player, administrator and supporter interest.

After a very long involvement in the Northern League it would be a shame for the Club and Waikato football to give up its place in this competition.

We urge all those involved with the club to contribute to the discussion on the Club’s immediate future.

Please note this will not affect our Junior Club, or our Senior Men’s and Women’s Social teams.

Changes to the Laws of the Game


· Competitions may determine the field size for their competitions (within Law 1) 
· All commercial advertising on the ground must be at least 1m from boundary lines 
· Logos/emblems of FAs, Federations, competitions etc. are allowed on corner flags (no advertising as the lines are a part of the field) 

LAW 3 – THE PLAYERS (new title) 

· A match may not start/continue if a team has fewer than 7 players 
· Substitutes may restart a match but must step onto the field first 
· Clarifies situation when a player is sent off before/after kick off 
                            – Before team list submitted can not be named on the team list 
                            – After team submitted, may be replaced by a named substitute, who cannot be replaced 
                            – After kick off can not be replaced 
· Direct FK (or penalty) if a substitute or team official interferes with play 
· If something/someone other than a player touches the ball as it is going into goal, the referee can award the goal if the touch had no impact on defenders (the ball must go into the goal) 
· If a goal is scored with an extra person on the field and the referee has restarted play, the goal stands; but the matter must be reported. 

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Football Holiday Programme . . .

WaiBOP Football has put together an action packed holiday programme for kids. Delivered by accredited providers, it’s a great way for young players to have fun and develop their football or futsal skills.

Each session includes skill-based training, so kids can learn the tricks and techniques to become better players. There is also plenty of chances to play football games to apply these skills in a fun, safe environment.

The Holiday Fun Football & Futsal is designed to appeal to both boys and girls aged 6 – 12 years old, from total beginners to committed young players. It’s part of the NZF junior development plan, so there is the opportunity for talented and hardworking players to start the journey to excellence.

Programmes are being run in Hamilton, Thames, Morrinsville, Matamata, Otorohanga & Tamahere. Brief programme details are as per below.
Futsal: Hamilton – 16 & 23 January
Football: Thames – 23 January; Morrinsville – 24 January; Hamilton – 24, 25 & 26 January; Matamata – 25 January; Otorohanga – 26 January; Tamahere – 27 January.

Click here to find out more or to register!