In 2007, professional football in New Zealand was rescued when Wellington property developer Terry Serepisos and Century City Football secured a three-year sub-licence to run a team in the Hyundai A-League – Australasia’s premier professional football competition. After the Football Kingz (2005/06) and the New Zealand Knights (2006/07) imploded, it looked certain that Football Federation Australia would pull the pin on a professional New Zealand-based club in the Hyundai A-League. But a small group of people passionate about football in New Zealand kept hopes alive, working tirelessly to convince the FFA that a professional club could survive across the ditch. The Phoenix were awarded a license to play in the Hyundai A-League on 19th March, 2007 and on Sunday 26th August, 2007, Wellington’s first ever professional football teamed took to Westpac Stadium in a credible 2-2 draw with A-League powerhouse the Melbourne Victory.
Since then the Phoenix has gone from strength to strength: Over one million people have gone through the gates to watch a Wellington Phoenix A-League match, the Phoenix has broken records for attendances at a football match in New Zealand twice with sell out crowds for the LA Galaxy and David Beckham in 2007, and again in the finals playoffs against the Newcastle Jets in 2010. The Phoenix has appeared in the A-League playoffs two seasons in a row.
In September 2011, the Phoenix was taken over by Welnix, a consortium of some of Wellington's most successful and influential businessmen. With business acumen and professional intergrity unparallelled in New Zealand business, this consortium has secured the future of the Phoenix for many years to come.
In February 2016, Football Federation Australia granted the Wellington Phoenix a 10 year license extension to give the club security heading into the future.
Today the Wellington Phoenix is an important and integral part of New Zealand’s sporting landscape, enjoying passionate support from all over New Zealand and the world. With a strong suite of corporate sponsors, a passionate supporter base and the support of the Wellington community in general, the Wellington Phoenix’s future looks bright.
Head Coach: Ernie Merrick
Assistant Coach: Chris Greenacre
Football Operations Manager: Shaun Gill
Goalkeeper Coach: Des Buckingham
Head of S&C: Lee Spence
S&C Coach: Duncan Pearce
Head Physiotherapist: Sam Jewell
Assistant Physiotherapist: Ben Venn
Team Doctors: Dr Jake Pearson, Dr Nick Oscroft
Equipment & Media Manager: Russell Gray
Academy & Youth Development:
Head of Youth Development & Head Coach, Wellington Phoenix Premiers: Andy Hedge
Assistant Coach, Wellington Phoenix Premiers: Valerio Raccuglia
Academy & Reserve GK Coach: Phil Imray
Academy & Reserve Physiotherapist: Grayson Harwood
Head of Academy: Paul Temple
Academy S&C Coach: Weijie Lim
Manager, Student Care: Renee Clearwater
Administration Manager: Phil McMahon
General Manager: David Dome
Head of Commercial: Nathan Godfrey
Head of Fan Engagement: Sally Freedman
Head of Communications: Vitor Sobral
Office Manager: Lynsey Greenacre
Operations Coordinator: Johnny Schmitt
Business Development Manager: Adelaide Levy
Community Officer: TBA
Membership & Ticketing and Events Officer: Sam Murphy
To contact the Wellington Phoenix:
Call: 04 802 4998
For membership enquiries:
Phone: 04 384 2457