Football is one of the most popular sports worldwide. This page lists the full range of football resources at your library and links you to local clubs, organisations and more. Football sports ground closures are available from the Christchurch City Council.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Trophy
FIFA U-20 World Cup Trophy, Flickr 2015-05-14-IMG_7080.jpg

FIFA World Cup and FIFA U-20 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is held every four years, with the next editions scheduled to be held in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022. Read Mark's guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA U-20 World Cup, for male players under the age of 20, takes place every two years. New Zealand hosted the 2015 tournament from 30 May to 20 June, and Christchurch's AMI Stadium was the location for nine matches.

Football resources in our collection


Christchurch football clubs and organisations

Mainland Football administers local leagues from headquarters at English Park. Community information directory CINCH has contacts for football clubs and organisations.

Football and soccer in New Zealand

The first New Zealand interprovincial soccer game was played in Christchurch on 16 August 1890. Canterbury beat Wellington 2-0.

Search DigitalNZ for historic images of soccer and football, including this set Football / Soccer.

Cover of Ryan Nelsen's road to the World Cup Cover of Soccer - Strategies for Sustained Coaching Success Cover of Beyond bend it like Beckham

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