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The Northern Region Football League, or Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier for sponsorship reasons, is a professional/semi-professional New Zealand association football (soccer) league competition that is run by the Auckland Football Federation. The NRFL is at the First level of New Zealand Football, along with the franchise-based ASB Premiership, and includes soccer clubs located in the northern part of the North Island, New Zealand. It is open to clubs from the Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty provinces.

The 2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier season the League had eight clubs, down from ten in the 2009 season and the 2010 season also saw it include clubs from US1 Premiership in a reforming procedure to the League. The 2011 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier season has returned to a 10 team structure with Onehunga Sports and Hamilton Wanderers being included in the league after their promotions from the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1.

In the years 1965–1969, before the launch of a National Soccer League, the Northern League was the highest level competition available to the clubs in the northern region. When the National Soccer League was created in 1970, the Northern League became one of its feeder leagues.

In 1997 and 1998, when the National Soccer League operated as an invitation-only summer league, the Northern League again became the highest level club competition available to the clubs from the northern provinces.
Present day

With the demise of the club-based National Soccer League in 2004, the Northern League, now known as Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Men’s Premier, became the highest level football league competition in New Zealand for the third time in its history. The league runs between the New Zealand autumn and winter months (April to October), while the ASB Premiership runs between the New Zealand spring and summer months (November to April).

South Korea Kia Motors 2010–2012, (marketing partner)
Italy Lotto Sport Italia 2008–2012, (primary sponsor)
New Zealand ASB Bank 2010–2012, (marketing partner)
New Zealand Prime (New Zealand) 2010–2012, (TV channel), (TV partner)
New Zealand FTN – Family Television Network 2010–2012, (TV channel), (TV partner)
New Zealand TVNZ 2010–2012,(TV channel), (official TV sponsor)
New Zealand Sky Network Television 2009–present, (TV channel), (TV partner – For national & international broadcasting)

Past Champions & Current Champion

1965 – Eastern Suburbs
1966 – Eastern Suburbs
1967 – Ponsonby AFC
1968 – Mount Wellington
1969 – George McFadden
1970 – Mt Albert
1971 – Takapuna City
1972 – Hamilton Wanderers
1973 – North Shore United
1974 – Eden
1975 – Manurewa
1976 – Hamilton Wanderers
1977 – Courier Rangers
1978 – Manurewa
1979 – Hamilton Wanderers
1980 – Takapuna City

1981 – East Coast Bays
1982 – Papatoetoe
1983 – University of Auckland
1984 – Hamilton Wanderers
1985 – Takapuna City
1986 – Mount Maunganui
1987 – AFC Waikato
1988 – Takapuna City
1989 – Mount Roskill
1990 – Mt Albert-Ponsonby
1991 – Papatoetoe
1992 – Oratia United
1993 – Ellerslie
1994 – Mount Maunganui
1995 – Melville United
1996 – Lynn-Avon United

1997 – Mount Wellington
1998 – Metro F.C.
1999 – Tauranga City
2000 – Tauranga City
2001 – North Shore United
2002 – Glenfield Rovers
2003 – Glenfield Rovers
2004 – Alexander McFadden
2005 – Bay Olympic
2006 – Bay Olympic
2007 – Central United
2008 – Central United
2009 – Melville United
2010 – East Coast Bays
2011 – Bay Olympic
2012 – TBC

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