Words: ACFC Media
Tuesday 12 September 2023
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC will kick off their 2023 National League Championship title defence in the New Zealand capital against the Wellington Phoenix Reserves on Saturday, 23 September.
The Navy Blues will host five home games with Northern League rivals Auckland United and first-time qualifiers Manurewa AFC, Central League champions Wellington Olympic as well as Southern League title winners Christchurch United and runners-up Cashmere Technical all set to visit Kiwitea Street during the nine qualifying rounds of the competition.
Apart from the opening round visit to Wellington, the reigning champions will face away trips to National League debutant Petone FC, Central League qualifiers Napier City Rovers and to Madills Farm for the third Gridlock Derby of the season against Eastern Suburbs who finished in second place in the Northern League four points behind City.
2023 National League Championship teams
Northern League - Auckland City FC, Eastern Suburbs AFC, Auckland United, Manurewa AFC
Central League - Wellington Olympic, Wellington Phoenix, Napier City Rovers, Petone
Southern League - Christchurch United, Cashmere Technical
Auckland City FC Fixtures
Round 1 v Wellington Phoenix Reserves, Fraser Park, September 23, 2023 Kick Off: 4pm
Round 2 v Manurewa AFC, Kiwitea Street, October 1, 2023, Kick Off: 3pm
Round 3 v Napier City Rovers, Bluewater Stadium, October 7, 2023, Kick Off: 2pm
Round 4 v Cashmere Technical, Kiwitea Street, October 14, 2023, Kick Off: 2pm
Round 5 v Eastern Suburbs, Madills Farm, October 21, 2023, Kick Off: 2pm
Round 6 v Auckland United, Kiwitea Street, October 28, 2023 Kick Off: 2pm
Round 7 v Petone FC, Petone Memorial Park, November 4, 2023 Kick Off: 2:30pm
Round 8 v Wellington Olympic, Kiwitea Street, November 11, 2023 Kick Off: 3pm
Round 9 v Christchurch United, Kiwitea Street, November 18, 2023 Kick Off: 3pm
Final - November 26, 2023
Download the full 2023 Women's and Men's NLC draw HERE
Sunday 1 October 2023, 3pm, Kiwitea Street, Auckland