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Beautiful Game
Innovation in Football Methodology
At Christchurch United we are passionate about the beautiful game of football.
We follow the latest innovation in football methodology, and bring it to New Zealand so that our Academy players learn from the best.
One of the most important parts of our program and methodology.
Spiideo football video analysis software ensures our coaches and players can quickly and easily look at players performance on video across all trainings and games. This is a powerful and easy to use analysis, recording and streaming tool.

Our players are encouraged to learn about analysis and to use it to help guide their own development plan. Our ambitious players typically make clips on the car ride home instead of being on social media or video games.
Methodology Department
This team ensures that everything we do, and every contact with the player, is structured well, scientifically sound, and fits with our purpose, objectives, and values.
UEFA-B, Head of Coaching and Methodology, lifelong student of Johan Cruyff, Professional Scout and TOVO coach (in Barcelona). Masters in high performance coaching.

UEFA-Pro Coach and Consultant, prior Technical Director of both the New Zealand Football Federation and the Australian Football Federation.
Joe has been in many roles in sport from coach, strength and conditioning, performance analyst, data scientist and sports scientist.

He wrote the software now known as Smartabase which is the worlds leading athlete management system now used globally by professional and Olympic teams to track, manage and analyse the performance of world class athletes.

Along this journey he has worked with some of the best in the game, and uses information from best practice to help enhance the structure and delivery of the CUFC program. Joe also coaches one of the academy teams.
Danny Halligan is current First Team coach, having returned to the Club in 2019. Danny played for Christchurch United for five very successful seasons in the National League in 1987-1991 winning 3 League Champion titles and 2 Chatham Cups.

He represented The All Whites from 1987-1993 earning 53 caps. Danny was an inaugural coach of Canterbury United in 2004 and has been heavily involved in youth player development at Mainland Football.
“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is."
Johan Cruyff
One of football’s greatest ever players and most influential coaches.