A look back at NZ Football in the month of August 2016

Football Fern, Anna Green, is disappointed that she is unable to play Pokeman Go in the athletes village in Rio saying “I wish I could run around the village catching Pokemon. I just can't get it on the phone, it's fine, but it would have been something fun to do”

The All White's confirm a friendly against Mexico to be played in Nashville, USA in October. Coach Anthony Hudson says there is “no game bigger than Mexico and nothing bigger than playing at the Confederations Cup” err maybe Germany and the World Cup!

Wellington Phoenix blow a 2 goal lead and crash out of the FFA Cup 3-2 to Western Sydney Wanderers. Ernie Merrick said the game confirmed for him that he needed to sign a quality defender and quality center back.

NZ's Football Ferns go down 2-0 to World Champions USA in their opening game at the Rio

Wellington Craft Brewer, Garage Project, has secured pourage rights for Wellington Phoenix games for the next 3 years. They will also make taps available for other Wellington Independent craft brewers
Garage Project - Yellow Fever beer coming soon?

A busy day for Paul Ifill, he signs for National League newcomers, Tasman United in the morning and then scores a hat-trick for Wairarapa United in a 4-0 win against Wellington United in the evening.

Tasman United also launch their new kit, traditional Nelson colours of Blue and White in Hoop style ala QPR. The away kit is brilliant – Orange & Black!!!!

Capital Football appoint Emma Evans and Sam Morrissey as co-coaches for the Womens National League. Evans was on the coaching staff last season and is Women's Development Officer at Capital Football. Sam Morrissey is currently head coach of Petone in Capital Premier

Chatham Cup upstarts North Wellington are thrashed 6-1 by Three Kings United. Waitakere City, who have 40 year old ex All White Ross Nicholson, in goal beat Caversham 2-0 while Miramar Rangers beat Cashmere Technical 4-2 in Christchurch

The Football Ferns beat Colombia 1-0 in the Rio Olympics. The result is marred by a shocking decision by Zambian Ref Gladys to send Fern's captain Abby Erceg off in the 88th minute. The Ferns are appealing the decision.

Wellington Phoenix's Roy Krishna scores a goal for Fiji at the Olympics as they lead Mexico 1-0. It didn't last though Mexico won 5-1

Birkenhead United become the 3rd Auckland team in the Semi Finals of the Chatham Cup when they beat Forrest Hill Milford United 3-0

Wellington Phoenix sign Italian defender Marco Rossi. Rossi has played for Italy at U17, U19, U20 & U21 level and most recently was playing for Perguia. He also served a 1 year 8 month ban and coped a 20 000 euro fine for his involvement in the 2011-12 Italian Match fixing scandal (he didn't report that fixing was going on at his club, Bari, at the time)

Ernie Merrick says he doesn't run around kicking as many people as Ben Sigmund did!

FIFA overturn Abby Erceg's red card, meaning she will be able to take the field for the Fern's last group game against France

Abby Erceg in action Photo Enzo Giordani

Miramar Rangers are drawn away for the 9th consecutive time in the Chatham Cup, this time to Birkenhead United. Both teams have had only away games this year in the Chatham Cup, however Birkenhead United have traveled 60km to play their 4 games, Miramar meanwhile will have traveled 2000km!
Three time winners Waitakere City will host Three Kings United in the other semi final

August 10th
Team Wellington announce Central United and Auckland City Youth coach Jose Figueira as their new coach for the forthcoming season

The Football Ferns go out of the Olympics after losing 3-0 to France

August 11th
Football Ferns coach Tony Reddings makes a call for increased funding for his team saying they still have a lot of potential!

August 13th
Riki Herbert has put his hand up for the vacant managers job at Central Coast Mariners

August 15th
Wellington United win the Women's Central League. Despite the game against Palmy Marist being a decider, Capital Football fail to bring the actual trophy along

August 16th
Auckland City's Michael den Heijer signs with Dutch club NEC Nijem youth team
All White Chris Wood scores a stunning overhead kick for Leeds against Fulham

August 17th
There has been 3 in 2 years and now 2 in a week!
After playing Mexico in Nashville, USA, The All Whites will travel to Washington DC to meet the USA. The game came about as the USA's planned game against Ghana fell through after Ghana couldn't get a waiver on travel restrictions from FIFA

In a busy day for NZF they also submit a bid to host the 2020 Futsal World Cup

Jeremy Brockie turns down a big offer from another South African club (believed to be Mamelodi Sundowners) and signs on with Super Sport United for 4 more years

August 18th  
Some brilliant planning from the powers that be will see New Zealand take on New Caledonia at QBE Stadium on November 12th KO 7:30 just 5 minutes before the Wellington Phoenix kick off against Central Coast Mariners in Canberra in the A-League!
August 19th
Wellington Phoenix sign striker Adam Parkhouse from Manly United

August 20th
Wellington Olympic win the Central League coming from 2-0 down to beat Stop Out 4-2

Wellington Olympic celebrating the Central League Photo The JourneyFan
August 22nd
Christchurch United announce they are to partner with the Christchurch Football Center and Christchurch Football Academy. A move that has effectively saved the 6 time National League & Chatham Cup winners from extinction.

August 23rd
Marco Rojas has been released by German club VfB Stutgart

Ex All White, Kris Bright continues his bid to have more clubs than Lydia Ko, signing for Northern Irish side Linfield, his 15th club in 13 different countries
August 24th
Nic Millichip from Kataikati FC is named junior coach of the year and will get to go to the Club World Cup in Japan with Auckland City

Referee Sarah Jones has been appointed to as an A-League assistant referee for the 2016-17, while Anne-Marie Keighly has been named as a referee for the Premiership in NZ

Oceania make a bid for administrators of the year botching the Champions League draw, once they get it sorted Auckland City get drawn with Lae City Dwellers (PNG), Vanuatu champions (still to be decided), runners up Solomon islands. Team Wellington get Fijian champions (still to be decided), New Caledonia's Hienghene Sport and the winners of the qualifiers

Mainland Football are to name the grandstand at English Park in honour of All White legend Steve Sumner
Steve Sumner in front of the newly named Steve Sumner Stand at English Park Photo Stuff

August 25th
Korouch Monseff is named coach of Northern Football women's team, he will be assisted by NorWest United's Chris Acott

Marco Rojas signs for Melbourne Victory

August 26th
A day for International signings in the National League, Tasman United sign Swede Ermal Hajdari. Canterbury United sign University of California Americans Kris Schultz & Matt Wisenfarth

August 27th
The National Women's Knockout Cup will be an all Northern Federation affair after Forrest Hill Milford United demolish Cashmere Technical 6-0, while Glenfield Rovers edge past a spirited Upper Hutt City 1-0

Ex Team Wellington coach, Matt Calcott has a new job as coach of the Cook Islands U20 side

August 28th
Another cup final, another all Northern Federation affair, this time in the Chatham Cup, 1st division Waitakere United hammer Premier division Three Kings United 6-1, while Birkenhead United beat Miramar Rangers 3-1

Andy Peat is named new coach of Auckland City Youth. Peat was part of the coaching team for the Canada women's team who achieved a bronze medal at the Olympics

Ex National League player Terry Boylan will assist Paul O'Reilly at Southern United. Graham Marshall takes control of the youth team

August 29th
After 2 Chatham Cup wins and 4 consecutive Mainland Premier League titles, Cashmere Technical coach Scotsman John Brown is stepping down to spend more time with his family