About Us

Our history

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 against the Newcastle Jets in 2010. The Phoenix has appeared in the A-League finals on four occasions, making the elimination final in 2009-2010 following a stirring semi-final victory against the Jets in front of 32,792 at Westpac Stadium.

In September 2011, the Phoenix was taken over by Welnix, a consortium of some of Wellington's most successful and influential businesspeople. With business acumen and professional integrity 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 Wellington Phoenix a 10 year license extension to give the club security heading into the future.

Today 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, Wellington Phoenix’s future looks bright.

Our Staff


Head Coach: Mark Rudan

Assistant Coach: Chris Greenacre

Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Gothard

Football Operations Manager: Shaun Gill

Head of Football Conditioning: Aidan Wivell

Head of Medical: Adam Crump

Assistant Physiotherapist: Ben Venn

Sports Physician: Dr Jake Pearson

Team Doctor: Dr Nick Oscroft

Club Ambassador & Player Welfare Consultant: Ben Sigmund

Video Analyst: Carl Edwards

Football Operations Assistant: Lachie Griffiths

Academy & Youth Development:

Head of Academy, Premiership Assistant Coach, U17s Head Coach: Paul Temple

U17s Head Coach: Steve Coleman

Academy & Reserve GK Coach: Jake Piper

Academy & Reserve Physiotherapist: Grayson Harwood

Academy Strength &Conditioning Coach: Weijie Lim

Manager, Student Care: Carl Tinsley

Team Manager: Justin Raffin

Video Analyst: Dharshan Naran

Front Office:

General Manager: David Dome

Head of Commercial: Penelope Hobbs

Head of Media, Communications & Fan Engagement: Courtney Marsden

Event Manager: Graeme Davidson

Office Manager: Lynsey Greenacre

Financial Officer: Jane Hewson

Commercial Executive: TBC

Marketing  & Communications Executive: Tom Bray

Content Creator: Blake Weston

Community & Membership Officer: Becky Cooke