Establishment and formation
Southern United FC Incorporated
was established in 2004 under the name Otago United Incorporated,
from four associations within the Football South
Otago United Incorporated (the name until 2013) was formed by 21
clubs within the Football South Federation, from Timaru to
Change of name
Based in Dunedin, being the sole representative from Federation
7, the club was originally named Otago United Incorporated for the
first nine years of its history.
During the 2013/14 season, Otago United Incorporated changed its
name to Southern United FC Incorporated ("Southern United FC") on
16 August 2013 to better reflect the wide geographical area which
it covers. The area covered by Southern United FC includes
Southland, Otago and South Canterbury.
Southern United FC does so much more
than merely entertain football lovers from all over the lower South
Island. It also provides strong role models for the 45,000 young
Kiwi children playing football, promoting a healthy and wholesome
lifestyles and great passion for the
Football is the most widely played and watched sport on the
planet with 3.5 billion fans and followers worldwide.
Football's growth in Aotearoa is huge and appears to be getting
bigger with 74% of five to ten year old children playing football
(while only 67% children of the same age play rugby).
Football is a family sport. Young people play it, Masters
play it, older people watch it and people get excited about it. It
is as much a part of our culture as rugby. Perhaps even more
- After all, it is called asoccer mum, not arugby
Southern United FC covers 8,500 football enthusiasts and reaches
an audience of 45,000.
Southern United FC offers more than 990 minutes of spectacular
football during a football season, between November and
Southern United FC provides 8,500 people with a pathway to
football greatness and put their players on a world stage.
With scouts from all over the world watching, many Kiwi players
have been snapped up by professional, International
Southern United FC does not have a permanent home and has been
based at Tahuna Park, Sunnyvale, Carisbrook, Caledonian Ground and,
more recently and currently, at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Southern United FC represents the lower South Island including the
main centres of Dunedin, Invercargill, Timaru and Queenstown. While
most home games are played at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin,
the wide geographical reach is also reflected in the fact that
several of the "friendlies" and "warm-up" games are frequently
hosted outside of Dunedin.
The best players are selected from Timaru through to
Invercargill. This means that Southern United FC also gets the best
supporters from the Southern most areas of our great Southern
Southern United FC fields two teams, ie a Youth Team and a
Senior Team, which both compete in the ASB
The Youth Team is destined for great things. With a
second place in 2013 these young men make Southern United FC and
all of their supporters very proud. Stay tuned and watch
these Southern stars rise!
The Youth Team's 2014/15 season commenced with Round 1 on 5
October 2014 and concluded with Round 11 on 21 December
With a BYE in Round 1, the ASB Premiership Team
season commenced with Round 2 on 8 November 2014 and will conclude
with Round 18 on 14 March 2015.
The ASB Premiership is New Zealand's highest amateur football
competition and a fiercely competitive nine-team national
Southern United FC is one of the franchise clubs in the New
Zealand Football championship, entitled ASB
The teams that win both the Minor Premier and the Grand Final both
qualify for the OFC Champions League, where the winner goes on to
the World Cup Championship and can face teams such as Manchester
United and Barcelona.
During the inaugural season, Otago United
Incorporated finished second from the bottom but improved to finish
fifth out of right the next season.
Otago United Incorporated finished last and ended the season
being humiliated 8-0 by league winners, Waitakere
This season was slightly better with Southern United FC
finishing in seventh place, ahead of Canterbury United FC, despite
achieving the record for the least goals scored in around robin
The shortened 2008/2009 season
saw Southern United FC secure two wins (both 2-1 over Canterbury
United FC, home and away) and two draws (3-3 at home vs Waikato FC
and 1-1 away vs Wellington).
Despite the 2008/2009 season being seven games shorter,
Southern United FC still managed to score three more goals than the
Otago United Incorporated changed its name during the
season, on 16 August 2013, to Southern United FC Incorporated to
better reflect the area covered by the club, which includes
Southland, Otago and South Canterbury.
Eight home games were scheduled to be played
at ASB Football Park, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Caledonian Ground
(Logan Park) and Memorial Park
Eight away games were scheduled to be played at
Rugby Park (Invercargill), David Farrington Park (Wellington),
Bluewater Stadium (Park Island, Napier), Seddon Fields (Western
Springs, Auckland), Fred Taylor Park (Whenuapai, Auckland), Kiwitea
Street (Freyberg Field, Auckland), Hutt Creation Grounds
(Wellington) and Jan Kerkhof Park (Cambridge).