12th Grade - South Island Tournament - Blenheim

14th Grade - South Island Tournament - Dunedin

Christchurch International Cup 2019


Nomads United AFC is only allowed to enter one team per age group in the 10, 11, 12th Grade Christchurch International Cup Tournament held in 2019 in Christchurch.  There is no 9th Grade tournament this year.

10th Grade tournament team is limited to 12 players.

11th and 12th Grade tournament team is limited to 14 players.

The tournament is held at Christchurch Football Centre in Yaldhurst Road in the July School Holidays.

10th - 12th Grade:  Saturday 13th July to Monday 15th July.

13th Grade:  Tuesday 9th July to Thursday 11th July.  

14th Grade:  Saturday 6th July to Monday 8th July.

South Island Tournaments 2019

10th Grade Boys - Selwyn 4th - 6th October

11th Grade Boys - Nelson 29th September - 1st October

12th Grade Boys - Blenheim 4th - 6th October

12th Grade Girls - Blenheim 29th September - 1st October

13th Grade Boys - Queenstown 10th - 12th October 


14th Grade Boys - Dunedin 29th September - 1st October


15th Grade Boys - Timaru 3rd - 5th October


17th Grade Boys - Timaru 3rd - 5th October

17th Grade Girls - Christchurch 6th - 8th October

2018 South Island Tournament - Updates

12th Grade - Blenheim - Wrap up

Man what a tournament we had - started off in cold wet conditions on Thursday morning and finished with an action packed final in sunny conditions on Saturday afternoon. During this time we went through our pool play on day one with a 8-0 win against Halswell, a 1-1 draw vs Otago Blue then a 7-3 win against Nelson. Day two started with a 7-0 win against Cash Tech.... we needed to up our goal difference in the final game to finish the pool on top and unfortunately for Waimak Gold they bore the brunt of this with a 21-0 hammering. Finishing top of the pool meant we had Nelson in the quarters. A solid 3-0 win here meant we were going into the semi against Central Otago on Saturday morning. A typical tight semi final entailed with the boys coming out on top 2-1 to book our spot against old foes Waimak Black who we play regularly during the year in the local league. Final time and you could tell that every boy out on field was tiring after a big couple of days. We went in to half time at 0-0 in a tight encounter then we came out firing and before we knew it we were 2-0 up. Waimak struck back with a penalty with a couple of minutes to go then it was all about defending to hold onto a 2-1 victory. For the boys it was a massive victory and their first of many tournament wins I hope for Nomads. It was a real team effort by the boys!!! I do think the main reason we won the tournament was the strength of our squad. We weren’t made up of 13 individuals but 13 team mates who worked so well together and everyone did their job.
Well done to Astin Hobson who won the golden boot for the tournament and to Luke Hickling our keeper who was our team MVP. Astin together with Luca Greasley and Caleb Shepherd scored 38 goals between them in the tournament!!! Also congrats to the rest of the team. Thomas Stewart, Hamish Gillett, Cody Johnson, Max Walsh, Hunter Gordon (Captain), Ben Ryder, Neo Tustsui, Joe Ryan and Harry Daly. You boys are awesome and were a pleasure to be a part of your success.

12th Grade - Blenheim - Day One

A big first day for our 12th Grade South Island Tournament team up in Blenheim. Beat Halswell 8-0, drew 1-1 against Otago Blue in a physical game and finished with another win 7-3 v Nelson. 

17th Grade Girls - Ashburton

Girls finished 7th in their tournament after a penalty shoot out!  Well done girls!

14th Grade Girls - Kaiapoi

Tournament finished on a high.   

With a 2-2 draw with Selwyn then losing in a penalty shootout.
Then beat Ferrymead Bays 5-0 to come 11th out of 12.

The girls really enjoyed themselves and had a fun tournament.

10th Grade - Selwyn

Great tournament for our 10th Grade team playing for 5th/6th spot v Marlborough.  Most of the game they were down 1-0 before equalising 5 minutes before full-time sending the game into extra time.


The final score after extra time was 3-1 to Nomads finishing 5th in the South Island Tournament.

Well done boys!

10th Grade Boys


CONGRATULATIONS to Steve, Guy, Chris and our 14th Grade team - South Island Tournament Champions!!!

Played Nelson Bays in the final and won 2-0

11th Grade - Nelson - Finals Day

Well, day three was a day of highs and lows and celebration and sadness - an emotional roller coaster for all involved but the boys did themselves, their parents and the club proud.


First up we had the semi-final game against Coastal Spirit where the boys started very well and basically dominated the game from the start.  With some great goal scoring opportunities being created in the first half we went into half time 1-0 up after a great play that started for the back down the left hand side into the penalty box where we were awarded a penalty that was well taken to give us the lead.


The second half was more of the same and the boys never looked like conceding a goal with the team looking comfortable across the whole of the pitch. The final minutes of the game was a bit nerve wrecking in that Coastal Spirit had two back to back corners which saw the Nomad's boys defend these with passion.  1-0 win and into the final we went still unbeaten and being the only team to win seven from seven.


The final was against Nelson White which we knew was going to be a good tough game.  Nelson White started well and had the boys under pressure from the start with the tiredness starting to set in with the boys.  This saw Nelson White being a bit quicker and hungrier for the ball. Due to this we were 0-2 -down at half time.  


Regrouping at half time and a boost in the sugar levels saw the boys come out more hungry and willing to get the two goals back.  As we began to take more control of the game and seek the goals we wanted, unfortunately Nelson White got one more.  In true character of this team they dug deeper and got their first goal back to make it 1-3 and the confidence was growing and the tide was turning.  However, time ran out for the boys and we could not get the other two goals back and the scoreline remained 1-3 to Nelson White.  


This game was a great finals game and the Nelson White coach remarked after the game he was worried as the way our boys were coming back in the last quarter of the game had him nervous.


So second place for the 11th Grade Nomads team but it took a representative team to beat this young talented Nomads team and this is something the boys can hold their head high about.


Well done boys, you all played very, very well indeed.

14th Grade - Dunedin - Day Two

Unbeaten and top of the table - well done boys!!!

11th Grade - Nelson - Day Two

First up we were facing Nelson Royal who were also unbeaten in Pool B and had not conceded a goal.  But that did not deter the Nomad's team who took control of the game from the start to the finish with the team winning comfortably with a scoreline of 3-0.  Nelson Royal were also a team that played attractive football from the back and looking to move the ball forward.  This was a really great game of football and with the Nomad's team winning the game showed again the strength of the full team.  Talk around the ground was how good the Nomads team were playing.


Second game was against Waimak White and the decision was made to rest up a few of the boys who were looking a bit tired from the hard yards put in but this did not have much of an impact on the team which had another win at 6-1.


This meant Nomads finished top of Pool B and were the only team from the pool games to achieve maximum points with five wins from five.


Into the quarter final we marched to face Nelson DW.  Nelson DW had the better of the first half with the Nomad's team looking tired and not up to their normal style of play as Nelson DW were fast and strong in the midfield and the pressure was applied high and hard by Nelson DW.  However after regrouping at half-time and a couple of gummy snakes into the boys, the second half saw the Nomad's team building in confidence back into the team they are and the style of play they play.  As they built this momentum on the back of some great goalkeeping saves, Nelson DW scored to take a one goal lead.  This moved the boys into the right mindset (a sign of this teams character) and they dominated the last 15 minutes resulting in the equaliser from the penalty spot with 8 minutes to go.  Full time finished at 1-1 and into extra time we marched.


More gummy snakes and the boys were back to normal and really began to fire up and took control of the game. The two five minute spells in extra time saw the boys playing really well but the scoreline remained locked at 1-1. Penalty time saw three very well taken penalties taken by Nomads with the fourth hitting the post.  More brilliant goalkeeping by Nomad's saw Nelson DW first, third and fourth penalties saved meaning the Nomads team are into the semi final tomorrow morning against Coastal Spirit.


Early night for the boys as they look to back up two great days on the last day of the tournament.

14th Grade - Dunedin - Day One

Great start for our 14th Grade team, see below for results from day one.

11th Grade - Nelson - Day One

First game was against Selwyn and the boys game out firing with a good 2-0 win after being held to 0-0 at half time due to a defensive wall block set up inside the Selwyn defensive third.  In the second half the boys worked on playing wide to draw the Selwyn defence out and we put in two well worked team goals. A well deserved win after many shots on goal that the Selwyn defence blocked and their keeper played well. 


Second game was against Otago Gold which was another competitive game with the first half being played well by Nomad’s who used the width of the pitch to their advantage with great passing which saw us up 3-0 at half time. The team thought this would be a walk over in the second half resulting in our shape being lost and a “straight through the middle” approach being reverted too which did not work. Otago Gold played a long ball “whack” from the keeper and defensive line each time but the boys adjusted well to keep playing out from the back. Game finished with a 3-1 win. 


Third game was an interesting one against West Coast where the boys thought it would be a high scoring game after being 2-0 up quickly through two more great team goals. But that all changed very quickly as the boys started playing through the middle and all pushing forward. Playing into the wind, up hill and against another team whose only tactic was a long ball “whack” we shortly found ourselves 2-3 down but back to 3-3 just before halftime. A quick chat at the break and some readjustments, with the wind behind us and the ball being played wide again we soon found us back in control at 5-3. Although the boys were very tired, the character of the team came through in the end of day with them holding out to another win to give them three from three for the day. 


A win or a draw first up in the morning will see the quarterfinal spot secured. 


Nomads United will be entering teams in many tournaments in 2018.  Coming up this year we will be entering teams in the Christchurch International Cup and Alan Fraser Memorial Tournament in the July School Holidays and the South Island Tournaments in the October School Holidays.  


All trials for South Island Tournament teams will be held at Tulett Park, rain or shine.

To be considered for the South Island tournament team players must attend the trial. 

Sunday 12 August

12pm: 10th Grade Boys (players born 2008) max squad 10

1.30pm 11th Grade Boys (players born 2007) max squad 13

3pm: 12th Grade Boys (players born 2006) max squad 13

4.15pm: 15/16th Grade Boys (players born 2003/2002) max squad 16

Sunday 19 August

3pm: 17th Grade Girls (players born 2001-2003) max squad 16

Sunday 26 August

12pm: 10th Grade Girls (players born 2008) max squad 10

1pm: 14th Grade Girls (players born 2004) max squad 16

2pm: 12th Grade Girls (players born 2006) max squad 13

13th and 14th Grade Boys teams will be entered as part of our Talent Centre Programme.  If spaces become available, a trial may be held and eligible players contacted.

Mainland Football previously entered tournaments as Canterbury Representative teams. In 2018, Mainland Football have moved towards a mixed model of District and Club based entries.  Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast shall maintain their District identity, whilst North Canterbury, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and Selwyn shall revert to club-based entries.  This gives Nomads the opportunity to enter a team in each of the grades available.

Alan Fraser Memorial Girls Tournament

The Alan Fraser Memorial Girls Tournament run by Waimak United Football Club is held at Kendall Park, Kaiapoi in the July School Holidays. 

This Tournament brings girls from everywhere together to share their passion and to compete in a fun environment.   
Tournament Dates:

10/12/14th Grade Girls: 14th – 15th July 2018

Christchurch International Cup

The 2018 Christchurch International Cup is well on its way to becoming the premier junior and youth football event in Australasia.

Between 8-15 July it will welcome over 1000 players from 8 to 14 years old from around New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, along with their supporters.

The state-of-the-art facility at the Christchurch Football Centre, will create the perfect backdrop for your team to test themselves against some of the best players in their age-groups.

Tournament Dates:

Youth U13-U14: 8th – 10th July 2018

Junior U9-U12: 13th – 15th July 2018

South Island Tournaments 2018

The South Island Tournament is run over the October School holidays in various locations throughout the South Island.  Nomads will be entering one team in each of the grades.  Eligibility of players is based on "who turn the age specified for the respective tournament between 1 January and 31 December inclusive in the year of the tournament."  More information will be provided as it becomes available.