The A-League will feature two teams in New Zealand for the 2024-25 season after a licence for an Auckland club was awarded to billionaire Bill Foley, who owns English Premier League club Bournemouth and reigning NHL champions the Vegas Golden Knights.
Foley is the founder and general partner of Black Knight Football Club, which owns AFC Bournemouth and has a significant investment in FC Lorient from France’s Ligue 1.
He also hoisted the Stanley Cup this year when the Golden Knights won the NHL title.
The yet-to-be-named team will enter a men’s side in the A-League next season, while a women’s team will be introduced the following season.
Foley pledged to bring a championship to Auckland, like he did with Las Vegas.
The NHL expansion team achieved the feat after just six seasons, the quickest to do so.
“It’s an honour to bring a top football club to Auckland,’’ he…