What is the Fund for?

To enable more children and youth to participate in football through reducing financial barriers.

To build a sustainable long-term football fund that supports thousands of Federations players for many years to come.

Who can apply?

Anyone on behalf of a child aged between 5 and 18 years old at the time of application.

How do we apply?

Download a Scorching Goal Application Form CLICK HERE 

Forms can be posted to:
Scorching Goal Football Fund
C/-Mainland Football
PO Box 21122
Christchurch 8140
or scanned and emailed to

When can we apply?

The application due dates for 2022 are:

Thursday 31 March
Thursday 30 April
Thursday 30 June
Thursday 31 August
Thursday 13 November

What can we apply for?

Club fees, club uniforms and gear, Tournament/Festival Fees OR Federation/National Talent Centre Fees OR Futsal Nationals

If accepted how much will we receive?

No more than 50% of the total cost will be paid, with the maximum amount for each category being:

$70 for Club Fees
$50 for Club Uniforms and Gear
$200 for Tournament/Fetival Fees OR Federation/National Talent Centre Fees OR Futsal Youth Nationals 
Please note that GST does not apply to Scorching Goal Football Fund grants.

The fund committee is entitled to pay out more than 50% of the total cost if substantial hardship is proven to be directly related to football and enables the participant to participate otherwise.

Is there anything I can do to assist with the application process?

Given the number of applications received, it is highly advisable to supply evidence of financial hardship. This may be by way of supporting documentation such as a payslip, benefit letter from WINZ, evidence of a current state of employment etc.

What is the background to the Fund?

The 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes and the subsequent impact on people’s lives were the catalysts for Mainland Football to initiate a New Zealand wide football fundraising effort.

On behalf of Mainland Football, New Zealand Football (NZF) initiated an earthquake appeal which initially raised over $67,000, with initial donations being received from Japan Football Association, Oceania Football Confederation, NZF and Central Football Federation.

Mainland Football is grateful to a number of other NZ football organisations and individuals who also made invaluable contributions to the appeal.  As a result, Mainland Football was very proud to launch the Scorching Goal Football Fund in 2012. 

Mainland Football has since made a further contribution of $100,000 to the fund.  Annual fundraising and interest earned will form the basis of grant distribution.

The Scorching Goal Football Fund has been established to assist children and youth attending primary or secondary school, aged between 5 years and 18 years who are from financially disadvantaged families or backgrounds, and where finance is a barrier to participation, either at club level, across development programmes or at representative level.

This is not a fund established to specifically support talented players but is rather about providing children and youth with the opportunity to continue to participate in football.

Each year Mainland Football will endeavour to run a specific fundraiser and will continue to seek other donations to ensure it does not exhaust its start-up fund equity.

We understand;

  • That football talent exists across our Federation and we want to ensure opportunities are provided to players who otherwise may miss out.
  • The need for kids to “fall in love” with football and not to be denied opportunities to do so through no fault of their own.
  • The health and well-being advantages of having thousands of healthy active football kids.                                 

 The opportunities provided through direct funding may assist with the following;

  • Club fees
  • Club uniforms or players gear
  • Tournament/Festival Fees incl. Futsal or South Island Tournaments/Festivals 
  • Federation Programmes, i.e. Pride Development

For Further Info:


Other News