The Home of American Football in New Zealand
NZAFF is the governing body of the sport of American Football in New Zealand. We are government-recognised by Sport NZ, and are members of IFAF, the world governing body.
To be the national body in New Zealand to promote, develop and foster all forms of the sport of American Football as an amateur sport in New Zealand for the health, well-being and benefit of the general public in New Zealand
Teamwork, Community, Enjoyment, Respect, Excellence, Passion, Integrity
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American Football is often unfairly seen as a men's-only sport. IFAF's commitment to the women's game is creating enormous growth. NZAFF is looking to send a team to qualifiers for the 2021 IFAF Women's World Cup so has scheduled Womans Camps in Feb/ Mar 2017 and is looking at a European Tour in 2018.
American Football officiating is almost a sport unto itself. Partnered with the New Zealand Gridiron Officials Association (NZGOA), NZAFF works to ensure the recruitment and training of international-standard officials. Please Contact Us if you are interested in being an American Football official.
NZAFF is committed to entering New Zealand teams into IFAF competitions regularly. We have an annual U19 fixture, the Oceania Bowl vs Gridiron Australia, and in 2016 had a one-off Mens International vs American Samoa and sent a Mens Flag Football team to the 2016 IFAF Flag Football World Championships.
Flag is the non-contact version of American Football, played at a high pace between teams of 5 players. While great for beginners learning American Football basics, it remains highly competitive at international level and in 2016 New Zealand sent a Mens team to the 2016 IFAF World Championships in Miami, Florida.
American Football competitions are run by three regional bodies, American Football Auckland, American Football Wellington, and American Football Canterbury, across Juniors, Colts and Seniors. The Season ends with the "Thunderbowl" where an Auckland team takes on a Wellington/ South Island squad.
The NZAFF Development Program fosters player development and strengthens the skills of both athletes and coaches for the continuous improvement of the game at all levels.