Whole of Football Plan

The Whole of Football Plan was developed by New Zealand Football to provide children with a fun and rewarding experience at every stage of a player’s development.

The Whole of Football Plan provides a comprehensive model with coherent pathways and age-appropriate skills development.

The needs of a four year old are quite different from the needs of a 12-year old, so we provide clubs and coaches with the resources to give players a rewarding experience.


New Zealand Football believes in equipping every young player to “be the best they can be.” For some, that will mean setting their sights on a place in the All Whites or Football Ferns. Performing at this elite level is a hugely satisfying achievement and a great motivator for the next generation of stars.

Evidence from leading football nations coupled with academic research has shown the importance of talent development systems to maximise potential.

The first step is to develop greater numbers of talented players during the key early development years. The most able and motivated players can find their way into top class football, and our national teams will have a bigger talent pool to keep them competitive on the world stage.

Federation Skill Centres & Federation Talent Centres provide the missing link. As part of our Whole of Football Plan, they form a major part of the structure that will help us to develop more world-class players.