THE GLOBAL GAMES TĀMAKI MAKARAU / AUCKLAND

Welcome to The Global Games Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland! Get ready for an extraordinary event that will leave a lasting impression on teams from across the country.

The festival is set to deliver an unforgettable experience as teams gather in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to embark on a journey of exploration.


The Global Games serves as a platform for the next generation to showcase their skills, learn from one another, and build lifelong friendships that transcend borders and cultures. It's a celebration of grass roots sport where the focus is on what they do best: having fun.


We are delighted to host this prestigious event in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, a city renowned for its rich and diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and countless adventures waiting to be discovered. Auckland and its surrounding region have so much to offer, and we encourage all teams to take the time to explore, immerse themselves in the local atmosphere, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


We extend our warmest wishes to all participating teams, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing the remarkable skills, unwavering passion, and inspiring sportsmanship on display. Let's come together to celebrate the spirit of sport and friendship, providing our young athletes with an experience they will cherish forever.

Join us as we make the Global Games a grand celebration of sport, unity, and the incredible potential of our youth.

GRADES

Under 11s

Born 2012 or after


Under 12s

Born 2011 or after

FORMAT

The Global Games format places a strong emphasis on providing a positive and enjoyable experience for all players, while also promoting their growth and development both on and off the playing field. We understand that while winning is an important part of the learning process, it should never come at the expense of a child’s enjoyment or development. Global Games aligns with Sport NZ balance is better principles. Global Games events are for non-rep selection teams. 

To ensure that every team has an equal opportunity to compete, there will be no knockout or final matches at the Global Games. Instead, teams will play multiple games against as many new opponents as possible, and no one will be knocked out early. In addition, we will do our utmost to match teams from different regions. Each team will play 5-6 games over the weekend, so everyone will have ample opportunities to showcase their skills and
enjoy the festival.

By embracing the values of fair play and enjoyment, we can create a memorable experience for all our young people. We encourage all teams to work together to make the Global Games a resounding success, and to use this opportunity to grow and develop as individuals and as a team. Together, we can create an event that has positive outcomes long after the final pass.

SCORE BLOWOUT

In the event that scores become one sided, both
coaches should meet at half time with the referee to find a solution for a more enjoyable game for both sets of players. There are no extra/bonus points for teams who beat other teams by big scores, so once the game is won, make it fun.

GAME SHEET

Game Sheets will be required to be filled out online before each match, via Sporty. Games sheets not only inform us who played in that match, but also help us select all of the awards. Team managers submit final game sheets at the end of the match and data is collected live.

SCHEDULE

An update will be emailed out to managers with all timings closer to the event, but the following pages are a good outline of the schedule and areas to think about.

We will ensure teams either have afternoons or mornings off to explore Auckland.

FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

11:00am
Teams can register and collect their event packs

2:00pm
Teams arrive at Trust arena for opening ceremony

3:00pm
Opening ceremony starts

4:00pm
Opening ceremony concludes

SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

7:00am
Venues open

8:30am
Day One games start

5:00pm
Day One games finish

SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

7:00am
Venues open

8:30am
Day Two games start

3:00pm
Day Two games finish

3:30pm
Prize giving

4:30pm
Tāmaki Makaurau Global Games finishes

ELIGIBILTY

ENTRY FEE

The cost of entry to the festival is $480 per team with proceeds raised going back to run the event, sponsor junior teams and help Global Games deliver on our mission of giving 100,000 children a world class experience by 2030.

Entry fees Due 1st July

AGE RESTRICTIONS

All players must be registered with their school/ club to participate.

All players must be within the age restriction as of 1st January 2023.

​​​​​​​It is up to club and school management to ensure players meet the entry requirements. It’s heart-breaking for the players and families to come all the way and have no idea that they are going to be told they can’t play.

TEAM SHEETS

During the Global Games we require all
participating teams to complete team sheets via our online form.

Each player’s full name and date of birth must
be provided. It’s essential to ensure that all
players are registered with their school or club,
and coaches and managers are vetted.

Only three changes to the team sheet will
be permitted once initially submitted, due to
injury or family circumstances. Teams that fail
to submit their team sheet by the deadline will
receive point deductions towards major prizes.

If you are unsure of your team’s availability for
the festival, we recommend aiming for the
2024 event.

Team sheets must be completed by the
deadline to ensure a smooth and efficient
registration process.

EVENT INFORMATION

MEDIA EXPOSURE

Please know that there will be media on site and there will be film and camera footage taken at the event. By attending, everyone agrees that these images and videos may be used in promotional materials and possibly in the media. If you do not wish to have your team player/s to be filmed or have photos taken of them, please inform us before the event

NZJRF APP

We are excited to announce that we are developing a new app in partnership with Sporty https://www.sporty.co.nz The app will revolutionize the way team managers and attendees experience the NZJRF. In addition to enabling team managers to stay in touch with event management and coordinate safety processes, our app will also provide access to key event information, maps, news updates, and draw and results.

MARQUEE PACKAGES

We have 3 marquee hire packages for teams that want them. Please book these by the 1st August!

  • Option 1: $1395.00 - 6m x 9m marquee - Team Name Sign - 2 trestle table - 10 chairs - 1 BBQ & Gas Bottle - Fire Extinguisher
  • Option 2: $1095.00 - 6m x 6m marquee - Team Name Sign - Trestle Table - 6 Chairs - BBQ & Gas Bottle - Fire Extinguisher
  • Option 3: $685.00 - 6m x 3m marquee - Team Name Sign - Trestle Table - 6 Chairs

Links to book and purchase will be sent out in April.

LOST CHILDREN

With so many kids at the event, the odd brother or sister sometimes goes off to watch their own game. If you have found or lost a child at the NZJRF, please report to the event Portacom. We will send a message out to locate their family as quickly as possible.

With so many kids at the event, it’s important to have a centralized platform that helps us stay connected and informed. The new app will make it easier than ever for team managers and attendees to navigate the event, stay up-to-date on news and results, and report lost or found children. We will be providing login details to allteam managers prior to the event and will offer a tutorial session during the team managers meeting to ensure everyone is comfortable with the app.

We are committed to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all attendees at the NZJRF, and the new app is just one way we are doing that. We welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have, and look forward to seeing you at the event.

PARKING

As you can imagine, parking can be quite the operation when trying to get 15,000 people in and out of a venue. We always try to get everyone into and out of the venues as quickly as we can; please car pool!

Parking Passes

We will be issuing every team 1x full festival parking pass for 1 vehicle to park next to the fields inside the stadium. These will be issued closer to the event

Please show the parking wardens your team pass when you arrive and display in view of front window of your vehicle. Due to how many teams attending, we will only be issuing each team to have one pass. This will allow your team to get into the blue carpark

Parking Passes for sale

We have extra passes on sale that you can purchase online before the festival. Extra Parking Passes are $60 for the whole festival. These always sell fast so please get in quick once they are released.

Disabled Parking

We have disabled parking available inside the festival. All passes will be checked this year, due to several fraudulent passes being used in 2022. Passes must be current and registered to the person using them. Please inform us if someone within your team or supporters requires disabled parking.

DIY MARQUEE/BASE SET UP

All team marquees need to be set-up 10:00am - 5:00pm, Friday 1st September. If at any time you are driving onto the fields to set up, you must:

  • Drive below 10km/hour
  • Have your hazard lights on
  • Follow directions from our marshals in high vis vests
  • Be extremely careful of kids running about.

There are a few rules that we have with the marquee set ups:

  • Don’t set up your marquee within 5m of any of the playing fields
  • Avoid putting large pegs onto any ground markings. These indicate where the drainage pipes run and power lines run.
  • Follow the direction of any of our marshals. If you have any questions about it on the day, please don’t hesitate to ask our team.

HQ/PORTACOM

If you have any queries about the festival during the event, please visit HQ which will be located at the top of the grandstand. A copy of the draw will also be available there.

MEALS/FOOD

There will be a good range of vendor food trucks consisting of a variety of food and beverages to keep you all energized during games. Eftpos is available at most vendors. We encourage players and supporters to bring water bottles as there will also be a free water station at the festival.