The country’s best New Zealand-based women footballers are coming to play in Cambridge again this year.
Cambridge FC’s John Kerkhof Park has been named as the home ground and training base for the WaiBOP team to represent the Waikato/Bay of Plenty in the 2019 National Women’s League.
Cambridge will host six games in the competition:
WaiBOP v Auckland – Sunday September 15, 2pm
WaiBOP v Southern – Sunday September 22, 1pm
WaiBOP v Canterbury United – Sunday October 6, 12pm
WaiBOP v Capital – Saturday October 26, 1.30pm
WaiBOP v Central – Sunday November 17, 2pm
WaiBOP v Northern Lights – Sunday December 8, 2pm
(Kick-off times vary to accommodate flight times for visiting teams).
Cambridge last hosted the WaiBOP team in 2017 and first held NWL matches in 2016.
The NWL has existed in some format since 2002 with the country's top female players battling for national supremacy.
Last year's league was the first with two full rounds of home/away fixtures, with Canterbury United Pride (pictured) named national champions.
In this year's league, the two highest-placed sides will meet in a one-off grand final on December 15, the winner of which will lift the trophy.