Who we are

The Youth Football Development Trust (YFDT) was established in 2012, when a group of Auckland-based parents and coaches of talented young footballers got together to organise an U-17 Youth Tournament that would attract teams and players from around New Zealand, and potentially from overseas.

The group felt that the lack of a national tournament at this age level left a “hole” in the development path for ambitious young footballers and such an event would give a large number of young footballers both a top-level national competition, an opportunity to meet and benchmark themselves against peers.

Several years on, the YFDT’s annual U17 Youth Football Tournament is firmly established as a marquee event in the national football calendar, and the Trust is focussed on its wider mandate to foster and grow youth football development through a wider range of football development initiatives for boys and girls aged 14 to 19 years.

The Trust’s goals are to:
  1. Work closely with national and regional agencies, Clubs, coaches and supporters to help drive the development of youth football (women and men) in New Zealand
  2. Encourage and support talented young athletes to build their skills, and to find a progression pathway in football which will help them achieve their aspirations
  3. Be an influential and supportive advocate for promising young players

The Trustees recognise that a key to its success is the strength of the Trust’s relationships with football administrators, clubs and coaches around the country. The annual U-17 tournament provides a well-established meeting place for youth football, and is a critical asset to helping it meet these wider goals.

Trustees Include:

Greg Fahey (Chair)
Andrea Monro (Trust Secretary)
John Cunningham
Blair Shaw
Nic Short
Paul Posa

Latest News

  • Wellington, Waimak 2018 champs
  • Countdown is on for 2018 YFDT U-17 Youth Tournament
  • Player Welfare in the spotlight
  • Pools announced for 2018 U-17 Youth Football tournament

What we do

While the Tournament remains YFDT’s flagship activity, the Trust has a much wider mandate to promote development opportunities for young footballers in New Zealand.

Our aim is to support, complement and add-value to the existing governance framework for New Zealand football with practical initiatives and investments that ultimately support New Zealand’s competitiveness.

Key areas of current focus include:

Enhancing competition: With a well-established franchise in the annual U-17 Youth Football Tournament – and supported by talented professional event organisers – the Trust remains interested in other Tournaments or event-based competitions it can support.

Coach Development: Quality coaching is the bedrock foundation of any young player’s football pathway and the Trust is committed to finding opportunities to assist coaches extend their professional knowledge, and obtain valuable insights and experience from around the world.

Player Assistance: There are a large number of talented young players whose families don’t have the means to support their aspirations with the costs of transport to training and games, boots, apparel, and travel to tournaments.  Providing targeted assistance to these promising players is one of our aims.

Health and Wellbeing: All young footballers are driven by their passion, and to be the very best they can be. Their participation across school-based competition, clubs and player academies can often extend them too far, exposing them to fatigue and injury which can limit their development. We are focused on initiatives that will encourage young footballers and their parents recognise sustainable pathways to achievement.

2018 Youth Football Tournament

A very warm welcome to the national U17 Youth Tournament 2018, to be held at Seddon Fields in Auckland from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March.
Once again, we are honoured to see such considerable interest from men’s and women’s teams up and down the country.

For those Clubs who have had their entries confirmed you can find important documents here.

For those who remain on the waitlist, please stay in close contact with us as our experience shows that circumstances can change for registered entrants as we get closer to the Tournament itself.

Planning for the event is proceeding very well and we are expecting another very high quality competition. We plan to release the Men’s and Women’s pools and draws early in the New Year. In the meantime, if you have any enquiries at all, please get in touch with Mark Greene on tournament@youthfootballdevelopment.co.nz, or on 0279 428 582.

We look forward to seeing you in March.

Coaches Corner

U17 Youth Football Registration Forms

This needs to be returned to us no later than the 6th of March with copies of all players’ ID’s.  All Team Lists must be submitted in Word as supplied to you by the Tournament Committee. Failure to supply your Team List on time, or in the correct format could result in your Team not being registered for the Tournament. 

Download Registration Form

Managers Meeting

This is scheduled at 7.00pm on the Thursday night before the tournament at the clubrooms at Seddon Fields. Please ensure a representative of your club attends this meeting. Your manager’s pack will be handed out at this meeting.

U17 Youth Football RULES

Download The Rules

U17 Youth Football Pools

Download Pools

U17 Youth Football Draw

Please ensure you have a copy of the Numbered draw at your Team Base at all times. Match numbers must be recorded on all Team Cards. Numbered draws and Team Cards will be in the Managers packs.
Download Draw

Seddon Fields

This venue has strict protocols in place with regards to the artificial pitches. We hope to have all teams, at some stage, playing on the artificial pitches and only molded studs are allowed on these 2 fields. No metal studs will be allowed on the artificial fields. All players need to ensure their boots are clean before entering these surfaces. Seddon Fields has 2 artificial and 2 grass pitches. We are also using 2 grass pitches at Western Springs College, a short 100m walk. A copy of the turf rules is on our website.

Technical / Coaching Staff

Will also only be allowed to enter these artificial fields with moulded soles, no flat soles will be allowed. These rules will be strictly enforced. AFF have also requested that all technical / coaching personal are nominated on the team sheet that can also be down loaded on our webpage. If not named on the team sheet they will not be allowed in technical areas.Team ListYFDT_2017 Pools.pdfYFDT_2017_DrawYFDT_2018 Pools.pdf


There are designated parking areas for all teams and officials. This will be advised at the managers meeting. Parking is shown on the map on our webpage also.


We will have food trucks vendors at the venue offering a selection of food that can be purchased daily during the tournament. We will also be offering drinks that can be purchased at the venue. Daily Team lunch orders are available.

Download Team Food Order Form

Chilli bins can also be hired for the duration of the tournament Please see the Kwik N Ezy order form for details.

Kwik N Ezy order form


No team will be allowed to erect any advertising at both of the tournament venues.


Back To Your Feet Physiotherapy will be providing Physio services onsite at the ACFC U17 tournament. Justin Lopes is the director of Back To Your Feet Physio and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Auckland City FC. He also works with New Zealand Football’s Senior Womens Team the Football Ferns, WSAFC, and has over 14 years of working within football at all levels and with all age groups. BTYF Physio prides itself on providing an outstanding sports physiotherapy service, and will be working alongside physiotherapy students at the tournament to cover all games.

BTYF will only be charging: $5.00 for consultations $5.00 for strapping

Consumables such as tape will be available to purchase on the day
To contact the physio please click here

Team Bases / Gazebos / Ezy ups / Chilly Bins

There are strict rules regarding team bases and each team will be advised of this. We also have in place the option for teams to hire these direct. Please go to www.kwiknezy.co.nz. Gene from Kwik n Easy is offering special rates for the tournament and will deliver / erect and pick up after the tournament to help all visiting teams. He is also offering the option to hire chilly bins.

Kwik N Ezy order form


Coming soon

11th September 2018 YFDT Announcement

Western Springs AFC stepping in with 2019 U-17 tournament hosting as we explore new and expanded format for 2020.

As you will be aware from our recent correspondence, the Youth Football Development Trust is looking to build on its successful national U-17 tournament franchise, with a view to a new and expanded format for the event in 2020. We will be shortly consulting with the national football community on that opportunity.

In the meantime, we are thrilled that WSAFC, home club to the tournament for six years, has offered to host a one-off 2019 tournament, assisting us with continuity through this transition.

We would strongly encourage you to participate in the 2019 tournament. Please ensure you direct your response to u17s@wsafc.org.nz or refer to the WSAFC website for further information www.wsafc.org.nz.

We look forward to being in touch about our 2020 plans over the coming weeks.

8th August 2018 YFDT Announcement

2019 U-17 TOURNAMENT ‘on hold’

As usual we have been receiving a lot of enquiries about dates for the Youth Football Development Trust’s (YFDT) 2019 U-17 Tournament.

We have written to the participating Clubs to advise that the YFDT has decided to put next year’s tournament on hold, allowing the Trust more time to consult with clubs, along with Federations and major franchises, on a new and larger format for the annual event, restarting in March 2020.

With increasing demand from Clubs around the country wanting to participate in the Tournament, along with a desire to secure a more sustainable funding base into the future, the YFDT is interested in scaling up the Tournament, with a possible round robin competition held in centres around the country in the weeks leading up to a national championship event.

The Trust has had preliminary discussions with a number of parties about a refreshed format, and there seems to be solid interest, both from a participation and funding perspective.

We will be seeking to consolidate this interest with a survey of Club officials, coaches and managers over the coming months, and would value your input and ideas into this new approach.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in the 2019 event. We are sorry to postpone it next year, but we are excited about the possibilities of building on the Tournament’s success and creating an even bigger and better tournament experience for players from 2020.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your feedback and ideas at any stage.

Best regards,
Greg Fahey

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