New Zealand national football team

The New Zealand national football team (Māori: He papa whutupaoro a-motu o Aotearoa) represents New Zealand in men's international football competitions. The team is governed by the governing body for football in New Zealand, New Zealand Football (NZF), which is currently a member of FIFA and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites.[4] New Zealand is a five-time OFC champion.

New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)All Whites
AssociationNew Zealand Football (NZF)
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachDanny Hay
CaptainWinston Reid
Most capsIvan Vicelich (88)
Top scorerVaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadiumNorth Harbour Stadium
Westpac Stadium
FIFA codeNZL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 121 Decrease 2 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest47 (August 2002)
Lowest161 (April–May 2016)
First international
 New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
 New Zealand 13–0 Fiji 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 0–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)[2]
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1982)
Best resultGroup stage (1982 and 2010)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1973)
Best resultChampions (1973, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2016)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017)

The team represented New Zealand at the FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1982 and 2010, and the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017. Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most professional New Zealand footballers play for clubs in English-speaking countries such as England, the United States and Australia.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

 
New Zealand playing Australia in 1922

New Zealand's first international football match was played in Dunedin at the old Caledonian Ground on 23 July 1904 against a team representing New South Wales. New Zealand lost by the game's only goal, but drew with the same team 3–3 in a game at Athletic Park, Wellington seven days later.[5] The following year the team played a Wellington representative side on 10 June before embarking on a tour of Australia, during which they played eleven representative sides, including three "test matches" against New South Wales. Of these three matches they won one, lost one, and drew one.

 
New Zealand playing against Israel during the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

A New Zealand national team did not play again until 1922, when New Zealand played three official full internationals against Australia, played at Carisbrook in Dunedin, Athletic Park in Wellington, and Auckland Domain. The results were two 3–1 wins to New Zealand and a 1–1 draw in Wellington.[6][7] In 1927, Canada became the second team to play in New Zealand as they played in four official matches with a win and a draw.[8]

New Zealand would become one of the founder members of the Oceania Football Confederation in 1966 which was founded between Charles Dempsey and his Australian colleague Jim Bayutti in founding the federation.[9]

1980s successEdit

According to Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, up until the 1980s "the high visibility of British migrants in the All Whites, as well as in the game's administration and domestic club scene, attracted negative comments". The All Whites qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, losing all three of its games by multiple goals. Of the 22-man squad, 11 members were born in the United Kingdom, including seven in England alone. This included the captain Steve Sumner and striker Steve Wooddin, who had both played club football in England before immigrating. However, over the following decades the composition of the national squad changed and "the face of football became increasingly Kiwi".[10]

Since the 1990s, United States college soccer has played a significant role in the development of New Zealand players. This influence began when former Scotland international Bobby Clark returned to the U.S. after his 1994–96 stint as New Zealand head coach to take the head coaching job at Stanford University (he now holds the same position at Notre Dame). Clark began recruiting in New Zealand, and former New Zealand national players Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott played for him at Stanford. The trend that Clark started has continued to the present; more than two dozen New Zealanders are now playing for NCAA Division I men's programs in the U.S.[11] A common next step in these players' career paths is a stint in Major League Soccer; ESPN soccernet journalist Brent Latham speculated in a March 2010 story that New Zealand's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad could have more MLS players than the U.S. squad.[11][12] However, Latham's speculation did not prove true, as only one MLS player made the New Zealand squad for the World Cup. New Zealand formerly competed against Australia for top honours in the OFC. However, after Australia left to join the AFC in 2006, New Zealand were left as the only seeded team in the OFC. New Zealand qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup though exited the competition after the first round despite being the only team not to lose a game during the tournament.[13] The tournament also featured one of New Zealand's most notable results, a 1–1 draw with the then world champions Italy. New Zealand drew their other two pool games with Slovakia and Paraguay and ultimately finished above Italy, who placed last, in the group. New Zealand drew all three games and finished third in their group. New Zealand were also the only undefeated team in the entire tournament thanks to Spain's defeat to Switzerland.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

 
New Zealand playing against Portugal in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In August 2014, Anthony Hudson was appointed manager of the All Whites. Hudson's first game in charge of the national team was a 3–1 defeat away to Uzbekistan in September 2014. As a result of the All Whites playing "just three matches" in the previous year, which was "the least of any country in world football",[14] and having "seven months without a match" the All Whites dropped to 161 in the FIFA world rankings.[15][16] The All Whites went on to win the 2016 OFC Nations Cup, winning four matches with the final being won via a penalty shootout after a 0–0 draw against Papua New Guinea, conceding only 1 goal, from a penalty, in the process. New Zealand's victory saw them crowned Oceania champions making New Zealand the most successful national team in the competition's history, having won the tournament five times, and also saw them qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The All Whites moved up 54 places in the world rankings in July and achieved 88th in the FIFA world rankings, the highest ranking in three years, on the back of the OFC Nations Cup victory that qualified them for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[17][18]

After a disappointing tournament at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup where they finished bottom of their group which featured Russia, Mexico and Portugal, the national team fell 27 places to 122nd.[19] In September 2017, New Zealand won the OFC Final against the Solomon Islands with an aggregate score of 8–3 to qualify for the inter-continental play-off qualifier against Peru, the fifth-ranked nation from the South America's qualifiers.[20][21] After holding Peru off in the first leg, they would go to lose 2–0 in the second leg to be eliminated from competition as Peru became the last team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[22][23]

RivalriesEdit

 
New Zealand vs Australia friendly match at Craven Cottage, London, England, 9 June 2005.

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbours Australia.[24] The two teams' history dates back to 1922, where they first met in both their international debuts. The rivalry between the Socceroos (Australia) and the All Whites (New Zealand) is part of a wider friendly rivalry between the geographical neighbours Australia and New Zealand, which applies not only to sport but to the culture of the two countries. The rivalry was intensified when Australia and New Zealand were both members of the OFC, regularly competing in OFC Nations Cup finals and in FIFA World Cup qualifications, where only one team from the OFC progressed to the World Cup. Since Australia left the OFC to join the AFC in 2006, competition between the two teams has been less frequent. However, the rivalry between the two teams is still strong, with the occasional match receiving much media and public attention.[25] The rivalry extends to club football, with New Zealand's only fully professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, playing in the Australian A-League.

Team imageEdit

New Zealand's traditional home colours are white with a black trim, while its away kits are usually reversed, featuring black with a white trim. This reversal of the colour scheme by New Zealand's football team is due to the fact that black was traditionally reserved for referees by FIFA.

During the qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the team appeared for the first time in an all white uniform against Taiwan in 1981. This led a commentator to dub them the "All Whites", a play on the traditional name "All Blacks" used for the national rugby team.[26] The name stuck, and was popularized in the song "Marching off to Spain" with its chant refrain "Kiwis! All Whites!". More recently, the nickname has been scrutinised by New Zealand Football due to its unintended racial overtones.[26][27]

Results and fixturesEdit

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's 1922–69 results page, 1970–99 results page, 2000–19 results page and 2020–present results page.

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Recent resultsEdit

9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) Friendly Curaçao   1–2   New Zealand Riffa, Bahrain
19:00
Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) Friendly Bahrain   0–1   New Zealand Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium

Forthcoming fixturesEdit

2022Edit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Danny Hay
Technical director   Andrew Boyens
Assistant coach   Darren Bazeley
Assistant coach   Neil Emblen
Assistant coach   Rory Fallon
Goalkeeping Coach   Jason Batty
Team manager   Vacant
Performance analyst   Vacant
Sports science / S&C   Danny Deigan[28]
Doctor   Chan Dassanayake[29]
Physiotherapist   Roland Jeffery[30]
Physiotherapist   Mark Palmer[30]

PlayersEdit

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see New Zealand national team players.

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for friendly matches against Curaçao and Bahrain, played on 9 and 12 October 2021.[31]
Caps and goals updated as of 13 October 2021 after the game against Bahrain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Michael Woud (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Almere City
20 1GK Stefan Marinovic (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 30) 26 0   Hapoel Nof HaGalil
21 1GK Nik Tzanev (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 24) 1 0   AFC Wimbledon

2 2DF Dalton Wilkins (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Kolding IF
3 2DF Nikko Boxall (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 29) 4 0   SJK
4 2DF Nando Pijnaker (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Helsingør
5 2DF Michael Boxall (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 33) 34 0   Minnesota United
6 2DF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 26) 27 1   Portland Timbers
13 2DF Liberato Cacace (2000-09-27) 27 September 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Sint-Truiden
15 2DF Kelvin Kalua (1999-07-10) 10 July 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Eastern Suburbs
16 2DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 31) 40 2   Colchester United
17 2DF Niko Kirwan (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 26) 2 1   Padova

8 3MF Joe Bell (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 22) 4 0   Viking
10 3MF Sarpreet Singh (1999-02-20) 20 February 1999 (age 22) 7 1   Jahn Regensburg
18 3MF Marko Stamenic (2002-02-19) 19 February 2002 (age 19) 2 0   HB Køge
19 3MF Matthew Garbett (2002-04-13) 13 April 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Torino

7 4FW Elijah Just (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 21) 4 0   Helsingør
9 4FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 29) 59 25   Burnley
11 4FW Joe Champness (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Giresunspor
12 4FW Callum McCowatt (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 22) 3 1   Helsingør
14 4FW Andre de Jong (1996-11-02) 2 November 1996 (age 24) 6 1   AmaZulu

Player recordsEdit

As of 12 October 2021[32][33]
Players in bold are still active with New Zealand.

Competitive recordEdit

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

Pld W D L GF GA GD
389 159 70 160 678 598 +80

FIFA World CupEdit

New Zealand's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not participate Did not participate
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
  1974 6 0 3 3 5 12
  1978 4 2 1 1 14 4
  1982 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad 15 9 5 1 44 10
  1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 13 7
  1990 6 3 1 2 13 8
  1994 6 3 1 2 15 5
  1998 6 3 0 3 13 6
    2002 6 4 0 2 20 7
  2006 5 3 0 2 17 5
  2010 Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 Squad 8 6 1 1 15 5
  2014 Did not qualify 11 8 1 2 24 13
  2018 13 8 4 1 24 6
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 2/23 6 0 3 3 4 14 94 52 18 24 217 94

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

New Zealand's FIFA Confederations Cup record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 No OFC representative invited
  1995
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6 Squad
    2001 Did not qualify
  2003 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11 Squad
  2005 Did not qualify
  2009 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7 Squad
  2013 Did not qualify
  2017 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Squad
Total Group stage 4/10 12 0 1 11 3 32

OFC Nations CupEdit

New Zealand's OFC Nations Cup record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
  1973 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 4
  1980 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 Third place 3rd 2 0 1 1 0 3
  1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1
  2000 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 3
  2002 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
  2004 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
  2012 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 7
  2016 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 10 1
  2020 Cancelled
  2024 To be determined
Total 5 titles 10/10 44 33 3 8 110 39

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