22 Nov 2023

Auckland to get A-League team

From Morning Report, 7:33 am on 22 November 2023

New Zealand is getting a second professional football team from next year, with an Auckland franchise set to be added to the A-League.

Colours and the home ground for the new team haven't been confirmed yet, nor the name.

But if you remember back to 2005 and 2006, the New Zealand Knights were the last professional team in Auckland.

Team owner, billionaire Bill Foley, has been granted the licence, and he also owns the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL ice hockey league, so perhaps the Knights name will make a return.

Bill Foley also owns Bournemouth in the English Premier League.

NZ Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.