Announcement of the new format of the National Youth Development League

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New Zealand football today confirmed that from 2022, the National Age Groups Tournament (NAGT) will become the National Youth Development League (NYDL).

Instead of a weeklong tournament in December for age group teams, the NYDL will run for approximately two months at the end of the ongoing youth winter competitions in order to expand and uplift the development environment for Aotearoa’s top young male and female players in New Zealand. The NYDL is distinct from the winter leagues and is designed to give the best young players the opportunity to continue their development in a more performance-oriented environment.

“This is an exciting development for our young players,” said Andy Boyens, New Zealand football technical director.

“While the NAGT format received a lot of positive feedback from the participants, who really enjoyed the tournament experience, we were also aware of the downsides of the format from a player development and welfare perspective,” with so many games crammed into a short period of time. . We believe this new format allows the best of both worlds for our future players, ”he said.

“The new National Youth Development League is all about talent access and ensures that we give our most talented young players the opportunity to continue their development in high quality environments and that they have access to these high quality environments. quality for a longer time. time, ”Boyens says.

One of the main goals is to make the NYDL a financially viable competition for Aotearoa New Zealand’s top young male and female players, and to minimize costs for participants. New Zealand football and federations are working with FIFA and other funders to continue supporting the new format, with the old NAGT format being supported by the New Zealand Community Trust since 2013.

Competition structures for boys and girls will mirror those of the national men’s and women’s leagues. Depending on the specific circumstances of the federations, a mix of club and federation teams will compete in the NYDL boys and girls.

The specifics of the girls and boys NYDL competitions are described below.

NYDL Girls

The women’s competition will be an eight-team U-18 competition, with teams entered in line with those of the National Women’s League, starting after the end of the regular winter season. The teams will play a single round robin reflecting the first round of the National Women’s League season and will be made up of a mix of club and federation teams.

From the NRFL region, the top four NRFL clubs that enter the National Women’s League will also be admitted to the NYDL for their U-18 teams. Federation teams currently competing in the National League will establish an U-18 team to compete in the Women’s NYDL. This roster provides continued exposure to senior football for young women players and increases the opportunity for high performing young players to access and experience the National Women’s League.

Players participating in the NYDL for a club must have been registered to play for that club by June 30 during the regular winter season, with the exception of guest players, who are also not eligible to compete in the National Women’s League. .

To allow talented players to participate in the NYDL even if their club team does not qualify, club teams may also have a maximum of five guest players registered with other clubs in their own federation.

All NYDL girls clubs must hold a current National League club license. All federation team head coaches must hold at least an active OFC / NZF C license or the international equivalent.

Girls NYDL players will be eligible to play in the National Women’s League (unless they are guest players).

NYDL boys

The boys’ competition is reserved for U-17s. Its structure will mirror that of the National Men’s League and will take place in two stages at the end of the regular junior winter competitions.

The first stage will include regional leagues (Northern Youth League made up of NRF and WaiBOP club teams; Central, Youth League made up of Capital club teams and Central federation teams; and Southern Youth League, made up of Mainland club teams and South Football Federation teams). The second stage will be an eight-team national finals series, consisting of three qualifying teams each from the Northern and Central Youth Leagues, and two teams from the Southern Youth League.

The teams of the youth leagues of North, Center and South will play five or six games without counting the final series. The series of finals will take place over three days at a central location in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, and all qualifying teams will play three matches.

To ensure that any player who chooses to play in the NZSS Football Tournament can prepare for and participate in it without overloading, the NYDL Boys will not be racing on the weekends before or after this competition.

Players participating in the NYDL for a club must have been registered to play for that club by June 30 during the regular winter season.

All NYDL Boys Clubs must hold current Talent Development Program (TDP) accreditation in order to compete. All federation team head coaches must hold at least an active OFC / NZF C license or the international equivalent.

Confirmation of the NYDL Girls and Boys competition dates will be released in early 2022.

Added article: Monday, December 20, 2021

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