New Zealand American Football Federation Incorporated (NZAFF) is the recognized governing body of gridiron in New Zealand. The NZAFF was acknowledged by the NZ government sporting agency, Sport New Zealand (SNZ), on 3 April 2009 and became the fully recognized NSO in 2011. The NZAFF was incorporated as a legal entity with the NZ Companies Office on 16 April 2010.
The NZAFF has been in existence since 2008, while the sport has been played in New Zealand for over three decades and, under the new national body the NZAFF, is now played in both the North and South Islands. Like Australia, the sport is played on an amateur basis through affiliated clubs. These clubs, under the guidance of regional bodies, are administered, coached and officiated by volunteers.
American football in New Zealand is overseen regionally by three – and soon to be four – regional bodies which report directly to the NZAFF. These bodies are American Football Auckland (AFA), American Football Wellington (AFW) both based in the North Island, and the recently accepted American Football Canterbury (AFC), which is based in Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island.
A further region, American Football Central Plateau (AFCP) which covers the large region in the central North Island, is in the process of being recognized by the NZAFF. The AFCP will be responsible for the introduction of junior football competition in its area in the 2015-2016 season.
There is provision for the introduction of additional regional bodies as the sport flourishes in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a contributing member of IFAF Oceania along with Australia, American Samoa and Tonga.
Federation: NEW ZEALAND AMERICAN FOOTBALL INC. (NZAFF)
c/- NZAFF National Secretary
PO Box 88032
Clendon Mall, Auckland
New Zealand 2242
Anton van de Weele
National Finance Manager
IFAF Oceania Delegate
Mervyn Hurley email@example.com
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