Every aspiring sports player understands that becoming a pro athlete is no easy task. In fact, many amateurs spend years training before ever achieving success. It’s survival of the fittest and New Zealand’s soccer scene is no exception.
New Zealand has a simple system to help teams find true athletes. Local football players who excel from within its ranks naturally attract the interest of professional leagues. Performing well in local competitions can give an amateur visibility on a national scale.
Soccer clubs are a very important outlet for amateurs in the North Island region. Although women have a fair share of clubs to join, not all of them can offer the same opportunities as some higher-level leagues. Many are considered local clubs, focusing on the sport as a means of recreation.
There is only one competition that highlights New Zealand’s female club players as professional league prospects. It is known as the The Capital Football W-League competition. For amateurs, this is one of the best sowcases of the sport in the region.
The CFW competition has accomplished a lot by creating a level playing field for New Zealand’s up-and-coming women soccer players. Many professional athletes have got their start from this platform.
The NZ National Football league typically scouts amateurs who have stellar performances in the CFW competitions, which began in 2017 as a result of the 2016 seasonal assessment. From this, the Women’s Central league created the CFW, with hopes of expansion.
Today the CFW is just a step down from pro level soccer, and is one of the best opportunities for players associated with their clubs. By using the CFW, Capital Football will continue to shape North Island’s soccer scene. Without a doubt, female amateurs will also continue to see this outlet as an inspiration for showcasing their talents.