The composition of the ASB Premiership will change for the first time in nine seasons with the inclusion of a national U-20 squad into the pinnacle domestic competition.
New Zealand Football is continuing to offer strong development pathways to the nation's young footballing talent as it seeks to cement its place at the top of the regionsí hierarchy as Oceania Football Confederation reports.
Young All Whites forward Monty Patterson's name will be sitting alongside some of the Oceania region's greats after securing the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the OFC U-17 Championship in Vanuatu.
New Zealand have successfully defended their OFC U-17 Championship title after defeating Papua New Guinea 4-0 on the final match day at Soccer City Stadium in Luganville, Vanuatu.
New Zealand survived a tangle with Fiji, triumphing 4-2 courtesy of three late second half goals to remain on course for a spot in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE later this year.