Be Part Of The Christchurch United Dream
Christchurch United Football Club was one of the founding clubs of the first New Zealand National Soccer League in 1970.
The club was a partnership between Shamrock, Rangers, Christchurch Technical and Christchurch City to create a new entity to compete at a national level. The formation of Christchurch United proved to be an overwhelming success for football in Canterbury but also created a lasting legacy for the sport in this country.
Christchurch United became the most successful football club in the city and one of the most dominant clubs in the country for several decades. Between 1972 and 1991 Christchurch United won six national league titles and six Chatham Cups, including the famous double in 1991, the club’s most successful season.
Christchurch United’s influence went far beyond the local arena, as the club produced or recruited a huge number of players who went onto represent New Zealand. This included the core of the legendary All Whites who competed at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, players like Steve Sumner, Grant Turner, Bobby Almond, Steve Woodin and Frank van Hattum who all wore the blue and white of United in the prime of their careers.
That World Cup pedigree was continued by two other former sons of Christchurch United, All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen and Ben Sigmund, who were part of the unbeaten New Zealand team at the 2010 World Cup.
In 2016, the rapidly growing Christchurch Football Academy, who were playing at the state-of-the-art facility at Yaldhurst, were keen to join forces with a local club. The history and reputation of Christchurch United was a perfect match for the potential and vision of the Christchurch Football Academy with its large junior player base, and both parties agreed to a merger for the 2016 season.
Since that day, the junior teams of Christchurch United have dominated many of the premier junior grades under the leadership of Academy Director Colin Williamson, and the club is confident of regaining its position as one of the most successful clubs in New Zealand under the guidance of former Christchurch United and New Zealand stalwart Danny Halligan.