Regional Coach of the Year finalists named

Over 500 nominations were received for the McDonald's Junior Football Coach of the Year. Photo: Marc Shannon /

The hunt to find the McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year has been narrowed down to 21 people after three regional finalists were found in each federation.

The shortlists were drawn from over 500 nominations across the country, which were encouraged for positive behaviour both on and off the pitch, including supporting players from the touch line, introducing new players to the game and helping out in the local community.

A regional winner in each federation will be drawn from the shortlist of finalists and will be announced on Friday 18 August. From those seven regional winners, the overall McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year will be found and revealed on Tuesday 22 August.

All of the 21 regional finalists are already winners in their own right though with each receiving a coaching pack consisting of footballs, cones, bibs and a football bag. The seven regional Coach of the Year winners will also then be provided with a t-shirt, shorts, socks, rain jacket, tactics board and trophy.

The overall prize for McDonald’s Junior Coach of the Year is an amazing football experience for two people in Abu Dhabi, including a behind-the-scenes look at Auckland City’s preparations for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The shortlist of finalists in each federation is as per below.


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