17/04/2024
Auckland Football CEO Nick Becker at Auckland A-League Football Club Launch press conference. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga /Supplied

Auckland Football CEO Nick Becker at Auckland A-League Football Club Launch press conference. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga /Supplied

Auckland FC has been unveiled as the newest club set to join the Isuzu UTE A-League next season then the Liberty A-League ahead of the 2025/26 season.

Auckland FC has been unveiled as the newest club set to join the Isuzu UTE A-League next season then the Liberty A-League ahead of the 2025/26 season.

The club will adopt black and electric blue as their colour scheme, which follows the tradition adopted by sporting clubs in Auckland, having royal blue as one of the primary colours.

The shield pays homage to Rangitoto as well as the Auckland skyline. The Black Knight visor and the stripes in the badge link the crest to club founder Bill Foley and the teams that form part of the Black Knight Football Group.

The club has teamed up with New Balance and licence partner Belgravia Sports Apparel who have become Auckland FC’s first partner to create the club’s kit.

The kit is available for pre-order via the club’s website for fans who want to get their hands on the club’s inaugural jersey. 

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What can we expect from the Auckland expansion side under Bill Foley?

Owner Bill Foley is excited to bring the team to Auckland after successful ventures in Las Vegas and Bournemouth. 

“What I love about football is that it has an incredible power to inspire anyone, no matter their age or background,” Foley said. 

“We have a track record of building successful professional sports teams and just like we did in Las Vegas, I saw a unique opportunity to bring a new A-League football club with big ambitions to Auckland and take it to the world stage.” 

“We can’t wait to get started, nurture talent, accelerate the pathway for promising players here and overseas, and showcase Auckland and its culture.” 

Auckland FC will be landing in New Zealand just as football is rapidly growing across the country, with 40,000 New Zealanders playing across clubs in Auckland, with the introduction of the team means that the city of Auckland is making its mark on the professional football stage.

CEO Nick Becker is looking forward to bringing the A-Leagues to Auckland and seeing the community grow.

“We are building the elite professional team that Auckland deserves. We want to be successful on the pitch, and we want to create a club that represents Tāmaki Makaurau for generations to come,” Becker said. 

“More Kiwis play football than any other sport and we have seen first-hand how much Auckland has embraced football. Today is just the beginning of a very exciting journey and we can’t wait to build the future together with our community and our fans.

“We are building the elite professional team that Auckland deserves. We want to be successful on the pitch, and we want to create a club that represents Tāmaki Makaurau for generations to come.”

“More Kiwis play football than any other sport and we have seen first-hand how much Auckland has embraced football. Today is just the beginning of a very exciting journey and we can’t wait to build the future together with our community and our fans.”

Auckland Football CEO Nick Becker and Head Coach Steve Corica at Auckland A-League Football Club Launch press conference. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga /Supplied

The team will be coached by one of the very best, with Steve Corica taking the reigns of Auckland FC.

Corcia is no stranger to success having won two A-League titles and the Australia Cup during his tenure at Sydney FC. Speaking at the launch, Corcia said that there are plenty of exciting announcements to come. 

“I’m looking forward to helping build the club from the ground up,” Corcia said. 

“Foster a strong attacking team known for their entertaining style of football, and attract some of the best talent to grow with the club. We’ll have some exciting player announcements to make from June 2024.” 

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