Coaching resources 


The Whole of Football Plan was developed by New Zealand Football to provide children with a fun and rewarding experience at every stage of a player’s development.

The Plan was introduced after extensive research from proven football development programmes around the world, and includes the Junior Framework which ensures that every child entering the game will take part in training and games tailored to his or her age and ability.


The National Curriculum will be the point of reference, providing a tool that can assist both the novice and experienced coach in improving themselves, their players and ultimately their teams’ performance.

The National Curriculum details the key factors to assist New Zealand Football on the journey to successfully compete on the world stage. It will provide details of how we want to play the game, how we will develop our coaches and how we will advance our players.


The McDonald’s Junior Framework provides a consistent, coordinated national approach to the development of junior players. Its main aim is to provide all junior players with high quality football experiences that increase both skill levels and the passion for playing football.

Through the McDonald’s Junior Framework players will experience age appropriate football games and coaching in a programme that is specifically tailored to meet their football wants and needs.


The Youth Framework provides a clear, coordinated national approach to the development of youth players aged 13-19 years. Its main aim is to provide all youth players, regardless of their ability, with high quality experiences in order to retain them in or attract them to the game.

The Youth Framework provides clear pathways for players ensuring that young footballers can access opportunities to play at an appropriate level.