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 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.
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.
Search our catalogue for resources about the World Cup.
- Football magazines (including an eMagazine version of World Soccer)
- Football in New Zealand
- Football DVDs
- Football websites on our Internet Gateway
Christchurch 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.