18 Dec 2008

Soccer organisation fears fall in player numbers

3:12 pm on 18 December 2008

New Zealand Soccer says waning sponsorship dollars may not be the only problem it has to contend with in the current financial crisis.

The gradual drying up of corporate money for sport has continued overseas this week, with two car makers pulling out of the 2009 World Rally Championship, and Vodafone announcing it will no longer sponsor England's cricket team.

New Zealand Soccer chief executive Michael Glading says the credit crunch has not affected the organisation yet, though he expects it will become more difficult to attract sponsors.

However, he said the bigger fear is that player numbers may drop off because parents can no longer afford to have their children attend.

Mr Glading said will become clear in February or March when registrations are received.