New Zealand national football team
The New Zealand national football team represents New Zealand in international association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in New Zealand New Zealand Football (NZF), which is currently a member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites. New Zealand is a five-time OFC champion. 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.
|Association||New Zealand Football (NZF)|
|Head coach||Fritz Schmid|
|Most caps||Ivan Vicelich (88)|
|Top scorer||Vaughan Coveny (28)|
|Home stadium||QBE Stadium Westpac Stadium|
|Current||119 3 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||47 (August 2002)|
|Lowest||161 (April–May 2016)|
|Current||83 7 (3 March 2019)|
|Highest||39 (June 1983)|
|Lowest||100 (June 1997)|
| New Zealand 3–1 Australia |
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
| New Zealand 13–0 Fiji |
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
| New Zealand 0–10 Australia |
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
|Appearances||2 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1982 and 2010|
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1973)|
|Best result||Champions, 1973, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2016|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017|
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. 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.
A New Zealand national team did not play again until 1921, 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.
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. A common next step in these players' career paths is a stint in Major League Soccer; ESPNsoccernet 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. 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. 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
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”, and having “seven months without a match” the All Whites dropped to 161 in the FIFA world rankings. 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.
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. 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. 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.
New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia. 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. The rivalry extends to club football, with New Zealand's only fully professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, playing in the Australian A-League.
|Head Coach||Fritz Schmid|
|Technical Director||Andrew Boyens|
|Assistant Coach||Des Buckingham|
|Assistant Coach||José Figueira|
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see New Zealand national team players.
The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 12 months and are still eligible for selection:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Michael Boxall||18 August 1988||31||0||Minnesota United||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|DF||Themistoklis Tzimopoulos||20 November 1985||14||1||PAS Giannina||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|DF||Storm Roux||13 January 1993||9||0||Melbourne Victory||v. Canada, 24 March 2018 INJ|
|MF||Michael McGlinchey||7 January 1987||52||5||Central Coast Mariners||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Ryan Thomas||20 December 1994||17||3||PSV||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Niko Kirwan||4 September 1995||0||0||Reggina||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|FW||Jeremy Brockie||7 October 1987||50||1||Mamelodi Sundowns||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
|FW||Marco Rojas||5 November 1991||40||5||SønderjyskE||v. Canada, 24 March 2018|
Results and fixturesEdit
|24 March 2018 Friendly||Canada||1–0||New Zealand||San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain|
|16:00 CET (UTC+1)||Ricketts 54'||Report||Stadium: Pinatar Arena|
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
|2 June 2018 Intercontinental Cup||Kenya||2–1||New Zealand||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST (UTC+5:30)||Miheso 45'
|Report||Singh 42'||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Santhosh Kumar (India)
|5 June 2018 Intercontinental Cup||Chinese Taipei||0–1||New Zealand||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST (UTC+5:30)||Report||Bevan 36' (pen.)||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: C. R. Srikrishna (India)
|7 June 2018 Intercontinental Cup||India||1–2||New Zealand||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST (UTC+5:30)||Chhetri 46'||Report||De Jong 49'
|Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
Caps and goals updated as 11 October 2017.
Players in bold still active at international level.
For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.
FIFA World CupEdit
|New Zealand's FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1970||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||6|
|1986||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||13||7|
|2014||Did not qualify||11||8||1||2||24||13|
|2022||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|New Zealand's FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||No OFC representative invited|
|1997||Did not qualify|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|2005||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
OFC Nations CupEdit
|New Zealand's OFC Nations Cup record|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
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