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Auckland City FC and Metro FC sign MOU

The partnership continues Auckland City FC's relationship with local clubs with the objective to expand the growth, development and retention of junior and youth players.

Auckland City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich was delighted to sign the agreement along with Metro FC's Ant Owens.

"Auckland City FC is committed to providing an opportunity for any junior and youth players who wish to access a higher level of training, with qualified coaches, and then still represent their local club in weekend competitions.

“For those aspiring youth players, there is also now a clearer pathway to represent Auckland City FC.

"Metro FC is a club with a great history and it is an honour for Auckland City FC to draw closer as a result of this partnership," Vuksich said.

The essential element of the MOU enables Metro FC's junior and youth players the chance to remain connected with the Phyllis Street club but opens pathways into the senior ranks with Auckland City FC and its Academy programmes.

Vuksich said the player development journey at senior level presented multiple options for players.

"When youth players reach the senior ranks, Auckland City FC can provide a lot of options.

"They can compete for a slot in our first team, explore options through our connections in North America with Striv3, including academic and sporting opportunities or they can connect back to their local club they grew up playing for.

"Our strategy to build a local network of partnerships is not about taking players from other clubs and giving nothing back - we see this as a reciprocal relationship.

"We're investing our time and commitment into not only building better players for the future for Auckland City FC, but for every club we're connected with.

"More importantly, we believe this is about the players themselves and providing them with a diverse and varied range of quality coaching that culminates in an interesting array of opportunities in the future to play football at home or abroad," he said.

Metro FC Chairman Ants Owens was delighted with the new relationship with Auckland City FC

"The MOU provides a pathway to a well-run, focused and professional coaching set up for our Youth who have aspirations for football at a higher level (Lotto NRFL Youth League), something a club our size currently could not provide to the same level without the players having to leave the club to access this.

"The partnership with Auckland City FC, along with the development of Phyllis Street currently in progress, will enable the club to continue to provide the best possible football to our members," he said.

One element that encouraged Owens about the future of both clubs was the retention of Metro FC players within their club culture while accessing the best coaching.

"The ability of the partnership to allow our members to remain registered to Metro FC as well as representing ACFC in the NRFL Youth competitions is key.

"This allows our members access to the top coaching provided by ACFC, whilst competing in a quality competition," he said.

Owens said Metro FC remained proud of its long history as one of the Auckland regions oldest clubs, the 1990s and early 2000’s the club was a force within Northern League football and winning the National Superclub title in 1996 remained its pinnacle achievement.

But times have changed and Owens emphasised Metro FC's emphasis on the betterment of its local area and inviting congenial approach to delivering football.

"We pride ourselves on being a community club with a focus on its family atmosphere. The development occurring with the facility at Phyllis Street will ensure the club can continue to grow and develop, whilst providing excellent facilities to our members.

"In five years, we hope to see the new facility completed, a strong youth section of the club whilst retaining our commitment to the family atmosphere.

"Trust is an important factor of any partnership and Ivan Vuksich’s track record was a key influencer in the decision to progress with this new and exciting relationship.

"Long term this relationship will hopefully continue to grow and become fruitful for both parties," Owens said.

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So let's look at this:


OneSports and 3KU merging to form Auckland United
Central and Metro becoming feeder clubs for ACFC
Western Springs moving to take over Waitakere United
Ellerslie and Unimount already in the Eastern Suburbs column

It looks like the last clubs standing on the isthmus who aren't aligned behind a National League club are MAP and Bay Olympic...

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Doloras wrote:

So let's look at this:


OneSports and 3KU merging to form Auckland United
Central and Metro becoming feeder clubs for ACFC
Western Springs moving to take over Waitakere United
Ellerslie and Unimount already in the Eastern Suburbs column

It looks like the last clubs standing on the isthmus who aren't aligned behind a National League club are MAP and Bay Olympic...

and the clubs on the North Shore

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The North Shore <> the isthmus

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Doloras wrote:

So let's look at this:


OneSports and 3KU merging to form Auckland United
Central and Metro becoming feeder clubs for ACFC
Western Springs moving to take over Waitakere United
Ellerslie and Unimount already in the Eastern Suburbs column

It looks like the last clubs standing on the isthmus who aren't aligned behind a National League club are MAP and Bay Olympic...

and the clubs on the North Shore

and Auckland United is not a National League club (yet)

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Doloras wrote:

So let's look at this:


OneSports and 3KU merging to form Auckland United
Central and Metro becoming feeder clubs for ACFC
Western Springs moving to take over Waitakere United
Ellerslie and Unimount already in the Eastern Suburbs column

It looks like the last clubs standing on the isthmus who aren't aligned behind a National League club are MAP and Bay Olympic...

Ellerslie are in no way affiliated with Eastern Suburbs.

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Just watched the replay and confused over the double yellow and red for him. did anyone see what the second yellow was for?

Also he is on 3 before the game, so does he serve a one game ban for the red, and then another for the 5 yellows he now has, or does one suspension cover off the lot?.

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Enough said wrote:

Just watched the replay and confused over the double yellow and red for him. did anyone see what the second yellow was for?

Also he is on 3 before the game, so does he serve a one game ban for the red, and then another for the 5 yellows he now has, or does one suspension cover off the lot?.

One suspension would cover off the lot, though it remains to be seen when the next matches will be.

First was for the foul, second was for still holding on after the whistle had gone.

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Looks like Jose is putting his time to good use by doing his UEFA A licence through the Scottish FA via distance learning:

Thanks to the @ScottishFA for this learning opportunity. Looking forward to getting started, from the other side of the world

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Interesting seeing the new guys ACFC have signed now that there's no NYL - Abdul Khalifa coming up from Canterbury (via Manukau), plus a couple of Central kids

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in a pre-season friendly ACFC Lost 2-1 to Wanderers away in Hamilton - Logan Rogerson was sent off for spitting

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in a pre-season friendly ACFC Lost 2-1 to Wanderers away in Hamilton - Logan Rogerson was sent off for spitting

Rogerson had his leg broken back in August, against Wanderers in the NRFL season, apparently after a nasty challenge from Brad Whitworth. Probably still some ill feeling.

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coochiee wrote:

in a pre-season friendly ACFC Lost 2-1 to Wanderers away in Hamilton - Logan Rogerson was sent off for spitting

Rogerson had his leg broken back in August, against Wanderers in the NRFL season, apparently after a nasty challenge from Brad Whitworth. Probably still some ill feeling.

Does pre season friendly red card result in a stand down next pre season game or is it just on the day?

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On the day I reckon, but the act of spitting might cop him an extrajudicial punishment

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Spitting is probably the most vile thing you can do. Hope he gets the book thrown at him. What a pig

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Jeff Vader wrote:

Spitting is probably the most vile thing you can do. Hope he gets the book thrown at him. What a pig

He played yesterday v Waitakere so clearly was just red on the day

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Very lucky today, though from the crowd looks they should've had a penalty in the first half.

That said, Auckland are extremely boring to watch. Totally understand the point of possession football but Auckland has a habit of having an opposing team on the back foot and still going back to the halfway line to pass the ball sideways.

At some point with players like Logan Rodgerson if the defence is in tatters they need to take some risks.

Doesn't help that Jose's formation is overly defensive and doesn't seem to suit any of Tade/Manickum/Rodgerson.

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Thought they were generally fantastic to watch in that second half. Still prefer Ramon footy but the players are so cultured. Suited Tade and Rogerson fine I reckon, think Manickum likes a more AM role so can see him not working well - did a lot of running in behind which doesn't really fit his game. Agree with the point that the team can afford to take more risks though. Game could and should have been 3+ goals if Tade, Blake and Manickum just shot the ball through on goal instead of looking to lay it off.

Riera's still got it, wow. Was worried after the injuries last season but his technique is special.

Speaking of injuries... Doyle, Bilen, Berlanga, Rogerson all out, and Blake and Rogers with nasty head clashes today - it's only been one game...

Suburbs defence was nice in the air. Lissette's a monster, and doesn't look bad on the ball either. Dan Edwards had great energy, good to see him step up. Bright disappointed a little, hard to make your debut at holding mid against the champions

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So Auckland City have been nominated to represent Oceania at the Club World Cup. 

Exciting for the club but probably a logistical nightmare for the league. 

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pop wrote:

So Auckland City have been nominated to represent Oceania at the Club World Cup. 

Exciting for the club but probably a logistical nightmare for the league. 

  OFC reasoning
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I'm not taking too much joy in it but have you ever seen Auckland City so low on the table. Wanderers deserving of their two nil win on the weekend

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Matt W-S wrote:

I'm not taking too much joy in it but have you ever seen Auckland City so low on the table. Wanderers deserving of their two nil win on the weekend

Aye in 2017-18 season they lost first game 3-1 to Team Wellington and were 9th on the table for a week

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Not an Auckland City supporter, but their current squad is probably the weakest it's been in the club's history. 

I don't know if that's the take of everyone on here, but no one really stands out as a game changing player like in years gone past.

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See that Auckland City has pulled out of the CWC due to travel/quarantine issues re COVID. Would suspect that there are severe doubts over the whole CWC anyway due to Covid. On a positive note saves the disruption to the Premiership. On a negative note suspect that means no $$$ windfall to the league this year .

Longer term I wonder about the O league and NZ's representation in that and potentially the CWC. Can only see NZ teams being a weaker proposition in the O league in years to come due to dilution of talent and scheduling difficulties.

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Widely expected  but good to have it confirmed. Assuming FIFA sticks with the format change and the changes in the National League here, the glory days of NZ teams in CWC are probably behind us.

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chubbs wrote:

See that Auckland City has pulled out of the CWC due to travel/quarantine issues re COVID. Would suspect that there are severe doubts over the whole CWC anyway due to Covid. On a positive note saves the disruption to the Premiership. On a negative note suspect that means no $$$ windfall to the league this year .

Longer term I wonder about the O league and NZ's representation in that and potentially the CWC. Can only see NZ teams being a weaker proposition in the O league in years to come due to dilution of talent and scheduling difficulties.

Yes, seems it wasn't going to work with Auckland City's participation requiring them to go into two week's quarantine on returning to NZ,  with the Club World Cup dates February 2 onwards and travel and preparation, quarantine in Doha  in the week before that meaning in effect they would have to postpone all their ISPS Handa Premiership games between January 24 and possibly February 20 or 28 (five rounds) depending on how far they went in the CWC.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/auckland-ci...

Seems pretty certain that the Club World Cup will go ahead.

The draw is being made in a couple of days time.

Everything on the FIFA CWC website suggests evreything is progressing as planned.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/

There were no problems with the AFC Champions League qualifying tournament played at the same venues in Doha before Xmas featuring Sydney FC etc.

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Amazingly bad own goal from Hamilton Wanderers today

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Big Pete 65 wrote:

chubbs wrote:

See that Auckland City has pulled out of the CWC due to travel/quarantine issues re COVID. Would suspect that there are severe doubts over the whole CWC anyway due to Covid. On a positive note saves the disruption to the Premiership. On a negative note suspect that means no $$$ windfall to the league this year .

Longer term I wonder about the O league and NZ's representation in that and potentially the CWC. Can only see NZ teams being a weaker proposition in the O league in years to come due to dilution of talent and scheduling difficulties.

Yes, seems it wasn't going to work with Auckland City's participation requiring them to go into two week's quarantine on returning to NZ,  with the Club World Cup dates February 2 onwards and travel and preparation, quarantine in Doha  in the week before that meaning in effect they would have to postpone all their ISPS Handa Premiership games between January 24 and possibly February 20 or 28 (five rounds) depending on how far they went in the CWC.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/auckland-ci...

Seems pretty certain that the Club World Cup will go ahead.

The draw is being made in a couple of days time.

Everything on the FIFA CWC website suggests evreything is progressing as planned.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/

There were no problems with the AFC Champions League qualifying tournament played at the same venues in Doha before Xmas featuring Sydney FC etc.

Wouldn’t it have cost an arm and a leg as well given they would only be out of the country for a few weeks? $3k per person? That’s a lot for an ‘amateur’ club! 

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Fitzy wrote:

Big Pete 65 wrote:

chubbs wrote:

See that Auckland City has pulled out of the CWC due to travel/quarantine issues re COVID. Would suspect that there are severe doubts over the whole CWC anyway due to Covid. On a positive note saves the disruption to the Premiership. On a negative note suspect that means no $$$ windfall to the league this year .

Longer term I wonder about the O league and NZ's representation in that and potentially the CWC. Can only see NZ teams being a weaker proposition in the O league in years to come due to dilution of talent and scheduling difficulties.

Yes, seems it wasn't going to work with Auckland City's participation requiring them to go into two week's quarantine on returning to NZ,  with the Club World Cup dates February 2 onwards and travel and preparation, quarantine in Doha  in the week before that meaning in effect they would have to postpone all their ISPS Handa Premiership games between January 24 and possibly February 20 or 28 (five rounds) depending on how far they went in the CWC.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/auckland-ci...

Seems pretty certain that the Club World Cup will go ahead.

The draw is being made in a couple of days time.

Everything on the FIFA CWC website suggests evreything is progressing as planned.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/

There were no problems with the AFC Champions League qualifying tournament played at the same venues in Doha before Xmas featuring Sydney FC etc.

Wouldn’t it have cost an arm and a leg as well given they would only be out of the country for a few weeks? $3k per person? That’s a lot for an ‘amateur’ club! 

think you're ignoring the prize money which would more than make up for that $3k per person

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mrsmiis wrote:

Fitzy wrote:

Big Pete 65 wrote:

chubbs wrote:

See that Auckland City has pulled out of the CWC due to travel/quarantine issues re COVID. Would suspect that there are severe doubts over the whole CWC anyway due to Covid. On a positive note saves the disruption to the Premiership. On a negative note suspect that means no $$$ windfall to the league this year .

Longer term I wonder about the O league and NZ's representation in that and potentially the CWC. Can only see NZ teams being a weaker proposition in the O league in years to come due to dilution of talent and scheduling difficulties.

Yes, seems it wasn't going to work with Auckland City's participation requiring them to go into two week's quarantine on returning to NZ,  with the Club World Cup dates February 2 onwards and travel and preparation, quarantine in Doha  in the week before that meaning in effect they would have to postpone all their ISPS Handa Premiership games between January 24 and possibly February 20 or 28 (five rounds) depending on how far they went in the CWC.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/news/auckland-ci...

Seems pretty certain that the Club World Cup will go ahead.

The draw is being made in a couple of days time.

Everything on the FIFA CWC website suggests evreything is progressing as planned.

https://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/

There were no problems with the AFC Champions League qualifying tournament played at the same venues in Doha before Xmas featuring Sydney FC etc.

Wouldn’t it have cost an arm and a leg as well given they would only be out of the country for a few weeks? $3k per person? That’s a lot for an ‘amateur’ club! 

think you're ignoring the prize money which would more than make up for that $3k per person

Yeah, but if you can't come back to the country before March/April, the cost adds up pretty quickly on top of the MIQ fees.

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I might be completely wrong here but I believe one of the MIQ issues wasn't just cost but also availability for 35 people.

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20 Legend wrote:

I might be completely wrong here but I believe one of the MIQ issues wasn't just cost but also availability for 35 people.

Also pre-covid test requirements would throw another spanner in the works. Sounds like Grant Robertson couldn't push through for them which is pretty sad and FIFA may not have tried to either. If only they were Rugby players

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Back home, some very nice signings are set to be announced

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Will you get told off if you announce them yourself?

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mrsmiis wrote:

Back home, some very nice signings are set to be announced

I presume any new signings will also link up with Central United, otherwise in a way why would you bother, given that in a few months ACFC will effectively cease to exist.

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Monty Patterson is in Auckland MIQ facility so guessing that's one. 

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coochiee wrote:

mrsmiis wrote:

Back home, some very nice signings are set to be announced

I presume any new signings will also link up with Central United, otherwise in a way why would you bother, given that in a few months ACFC will effectively cease to exist.

Or will they?

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Maybe ACFC for the seniors and Central for the others

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