A new era of football is coming to Auckland
Official team name, crest, and kit coming soon!

About Us

Bill Foley and the Foley Entertainment Group are excited to bring Isuzu A-League football action back to Auckland. With a dedication to winning, this new club will join a sporting family of excellence along side AFC Bournemouth of the English Premier League and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.

The men's club will be joining the Isuzu A-League at the beginning of the 2024-25 season with the women's team joining them for the 2025-26 season.

Bill Foley

William P. Foley, II (“Bill”)  is the general partner and visionary of a global multi club football operator that owns 100% of AFC Bournemouth of the English Premier League and a significant minority interest in FC Lorient of France’s Ligue 1.  Foley is the majority owner of the 2023 Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League where he led the expansion franchise into Las Vegas in 2017.  Foley oversaw the development of the commercial and technical aspects of the team and also developed required team infrastructure, which included two community ice hockey facilities and one 17,367 seat arena located right on the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The Vegas Golden Knights made the playoffs in five of their first six seasons and won the league championship within six years of being established. “Cup in Six,” just as he famously predicted back in 2017.

Foley owns multiple businesses in New Zealand including Foley Family Wines, a public company listed on the NZ stock exchange, a restaurant group which includes Soul Bar in Auckland, Wharekauhau Lodge, and other hospitality and consumer assets including restaurants and/or wineries in Queenstown, Bannockburn, Blenheim, Martinborough as well as Auckland.  He and his family have been frequent visitors of New Zealand for decades and own a home in Palliser Bay.

Foley oversees multiple public companies in the US including: Founder and Chairman of Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF), Chairman of Alight, Inc (NYSE: ALIT), Chairman of Cannae Holdings (NYSE: CNNE), and Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB).

Foley Entertainment Group

Foley Entertainment Group is a leading luxury leisure organization that operates across four verticals: Hospitality, Sports, Venues and Foundations. Its Hospitality portfolio is highlighted by the 121-room five-star Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, California as well as a world-class portfolio of wineries and restaurants. Within the Sporting Division, FEG owns and operates the 2023 Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League. Launched as an expansion franchise in 2017, the Golden Knights won the league championship in just their sixth season of existence. In addition to the Golden Knights, FEG owns AFC Bournemouth of the English Premier League, widely considered the top football league in the entire world.

FEG has three venues located in Southern Nevada, including two community hockey facilities and one arena in Henderson, Nevada that is home to the minor league affiliate of the Golden Knights (Henderson Silver Knights), a professional indoor football team (Vegas Knight Hawks) and the NBA G-League Ignite.

Foley and his family have held an unwavering commitment to serving the communities they reside and operate in. The Folded Flag Foundation provides grants to the spouses and children of U.S. military and government personnel who died in service of our country. Every penny donated goes toward scholarships for those Gold Star families, totaling more than $14 million for 2,500 scholarships in less than 10 years. The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation supports exemplary Las Vegas non-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the local community, and has donated more than $10 million to more than 200 local charities since its inception in 2017. The foundation’s efforts focus on five pillars: youth sports, health and wellness, education, first responders and veterans, and hunger and homelessness.

Our Team

Steve Corica

Head Coach

Steve Corica is one of the A-Leagues most successful players and managers of all time. He has plenty of experience working with a start-up club, having been involved with Sydney FC from its inception. He went on to make 106 appearances for the Sky Blues and scored 23 goals, between 2005 – 2010.

Post-retirement, Corica remained at Sydney FC, trained for his AFC Pro License, and worked his way up through the ranks from; Youth team coach in 2010, to Assistant coach under Graham Arnold in 2011 – 2018, and took over the head coach role in 2018 – 2023.

Over his journey he collected 2x A-league Championships (2006 & 2010) and 1x A-League Premiership (2010), as a player and as a head coach, he won back-to-back A-League Championships (2019 & 2020), 1x A-League Premiership (2020), and 1x Australia Cup (2023).

Nick Becker

CEO

Nick Becker is an international sports executive with more than two decades of major event, entertainment and marketing experience across large scale iconic global sports groups and brands including Manchester City FC, Melbourne City FC, Arsenal FC, Telefonica o2UK, Nike and Puma.

Nick joins BKFG from a successful consultancy business with clients across sports, agencies and tech start ups. Before that, Nick led Marketing and Operations for Melbourne City FC, having joined the A-Leagues in 2015 from Manchester City in the English Premier League where he led the transformation of the game-day marketing, content, commercial and event experience.

Nick is a native New Zealander and returns to his hometown of Auckland having spent many years living in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Terry McFlynn

Director of Football

Originally from Northern Ireland, McFlynn started his football journey as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers in the English top division.

 

He joined Sydney FC in 2005 and played 214 times across all competitions.

 

He retired from football in 2014 having captained Sydney FC for four seasons, won two Premierships and one Championship. 

News

AFC Bournemouth

Bill Foley and an ownership group highlighted by award winning actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) acquired AFC Bournemouth in December 2022. Located two hours from London on England's south coast, the 'Cherries' compete in the Premier League, the best and most popular football (soccer) league in the world.


Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League won the Stanley Cup Championship in 2023, in just their sixth season of existence. Bill Foley and his family founded the Golden Knights in 2016 and became the 31st team to enter the NHL. “Vegas Born,” the Golden Knights were the first major professional team to call the city of Las Vegas home. The Golden Knights play their home games at T-Mobile Arena, located on the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

FC Lorient

FC Lorient is a fixture of Ligue 1, the top professional football league in France, having competed at the highest level of French football for 14 of the last 17 seasons. Ligue 1, which refers to itself as “The League of Talents”, is known for developing some of the most talented players in the world. Lorient is located in the Brittany region of France, along the country’s western coast.

Thanks to the vision and leadership of Bill Foley, Auckland will have its own top flight football club competing in the Isuzu Mens A-Leagues for the 2024-25 season.

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