All community football and futsal activity in New Zealand is suspended this weekend (August 21-22).
The decision follows the government’s move to Alert Level 4 for at least the next three days and seven days in Auckland after a community case of COVID-19 was discovered.
The suspensions include National League, Chatham Cup and NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup matches.
New Zealand Football General Manager Daniel Farrow said it was a necessary step to ensure all their members are safe.
“We never want to be in the position of suspending activity across Aotearoa but to give clubs and players certainty, New Zealand Football and our federations believe this is the best decision,” he said.
Due to the announcement, Samoa have also postponed their National Talent Identification Games that were set for Monday, August 23 in Auckland. New details to be confirmed.
But in the homeland, football competitions continue with the Youth and Senior Leagues.
In the Premier Men’s division, Kiwi won 8-0 over Moataa, Vaivase tai beat Faatoia Utd, 4-1, Vaiusu won 5-1 against Lion of Judah and Sogi thumped Togafuafua, 11-1.
Results from the Premier Women’s grade saw Lotopa edge past Lupe o le Soaga 2-1 and Kiwi left Sogi scoreless after a big 27-0 win.
The Cook Islands football season returns this week at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.
Six clubs in Rarotonga – Avatiu, Matavera-Ngatangiia, Nikao Sokattak, Puaikura, Tikikaveka and Tupapa Maraerenga – have confirmed their involvement across nine divisions – Premier Men, Senior Women, U-18 Men, U-15 Girls, U-15 Boys and U-10, U-8, U-6 mixed.
Match week 11 and round one of the Telekom S-League was played last weekend in the Solomon Islands.
Ladder leaders Central Coast edged past Marist FC, 2-1, Kossa FC beat Southern United FC 4-2, Kula FC won 1-0 over Real Kakamora FC and Isabel United FC secured victory against Laugu United FC, 2-1.
Nil-all deadlocks were seen between Honiara City FC v Henderson Eels FC and Waneagu United FC v Solomon Warriors FC.
The latest round of New Caledonia’s Super Ligue saw Hienghene Sport bank a 10-1 win over RC Poindimie, Tiga Sport won 4-1 against AS Lossi and AS Magenta beat AS Wetr 2-1.
SC Ne Drehu won 3-0 against Horizon Patho, AS Mount-Dore scored two goals over Dumbea, 2-0 and Qanono Sport drew 2-2 to JS Baco in the remaining match.
Quarter-finals for Coup de Caledonie – the country’s national cup competition – will also be played this weekend.
Tahiti’s Tiki Toa are one sleep away from kicking off their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign.
The squad face UAE in the opening match of the tournament at 3.00pm (MSK time) followed by Spain and Mozambique on Saturday and Monday.