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New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football (NZF)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Anthony Hudson
Captain Winston Reid
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (88)
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium Westpac Stadium (Wellington)
FIFA code NZL
FIFA ranking 98 Increase 3 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 47 (August 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking 156 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 69
Highest Elo ranking 39 (June 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking 95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
First colours
Second colours
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 1–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1982)
Best result Group Stage, 1982, 2010
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1973)
Best result Champions, 1973, 1998, 2002, 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Group Stage, 1999, 2003, 2009

The New Zealand national football team represents New Zealand in international 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, being one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

New Zealand is a four-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 and 2009.

Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most top New Zealand footballers play abroad for clubs in Europe, the United States, Canada and in the Australian A-League.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

Recent success[edit]

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

Despite its large player numbers, football in New Zealand struggles to compete with other sports such as rugby union, cricket and rugby league, financially and for media exposure. The performance of the national team is further hindered by a relatively young semi-professional domestic league, the New Zealand Football Championship having been established in 2004. New Zealand has one professional team, Wellington Phoenix FC, which competes in the Australian A-League.

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.[2] 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.[2][3] 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.[4] The tournament also featured one of New Zealand's most notable results, a 1-1 draw with the then world champions Italy.

Supporters[edit]

The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.[5]

Rivalries[edit]

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia.[6] 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.[7]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach United States Anthony Hudson
Assistant coach England Neil Emblen
Assistant coach England Darren Bazeley
Goalkeeping coach New Zealand Paul Gothard
Technical advisor Argentina Raul Blanco
Manager New Zealand Rob Pickstock
Doctor New Zealand Mark Fulcher
Physiotherapist New Zealand Roland Jeffery
Massage therapist New Zealand Wade Irvine
Sports scientist Scotland Kenny McMillan
Media officer New Zealand Jamie Scott

Players[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the game against Uzbekistan on 8 September 2014.[8]
Caps and goals correct as of September 8 2014 after the game against Uzbekistan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Glen Moss (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 31) 29 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
12 1GK Tamati Williams (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30) 1 0 New Zealand Auckland City
2 2DF Winston Reid (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 18 1 England West Ham United
4 2DF Ben Sigmund (1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 33) 32 2 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
6 2DF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 (age 19) 5 0 France Marseille B
15 2DF Storm Roux (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners
19 2DF Michael Boxall (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 26) 9 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
22 2DF Andrew Durante (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 32) 9 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
27 2DF Tom Doyle (1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 (age 22) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
8 3MF Michael McGlinchey (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 27) 27 3 Australia Central Coast Mariners
13 3MF Chris James (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 27) 19 2 France Sedan
14 3MF Joel Stevens (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
17 3MF Kosta Barbarouses (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 24) 26 2 Australia Melbourne Victory
18 3MF Tim Payne (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 20) 11 2 Unattached
21 3MF Cameron Howieson (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 19) 9 0 England Burnley II
7 4FW Tyler Boyd (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 19) 3 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
16 4FW Jeremy Brockie (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 26) 45 1 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
20 4FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 22) 35 12 England Leicester City

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have also represented New Zealand in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jacob Spoonley (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 27) 2 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Japan, 5 March 2014 (Friendly)
DF James Musa (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Australia South Melbourne v.  South Africa, 30 May 2014 (Friendly)
DF Luke Adams (1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Unattached v.  South Africa, 30 May 2014 (Friendly)
DF Tony Lochhead (1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 32) 47 1 United States Chivas USA v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 24) 27 2 England Ipswich Town v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
DF Louis Fenton (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
DF Ivan Vicelich RET (1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 38) 88 6 New Zealand Auckland City v.  Mexico, 13 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
DF Aaron Scott (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 28) 8 0 New Zealand Waitakere United v.  Trinidad and Tobago,15 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Marco Rojas (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 22) 18 1 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Uzbekistan, 8 September 2014 (Friendly) WD
MF Ryan Thomas (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Netherlands Zwolle v.  Uzbekistan, 8 September 2014 (Friendly) WD
MF Jason Hicks (1990-01-16) 16 January 1990 (age 24) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  South Africa, 30 May 2014 (Friendly)
MF Matthew Ridenton (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 18) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  South Africa, 30 May 2014 (Friendly)
MF Jeremy Christie (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 31) 28 1 Unattached v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
MF Aaron Clapham (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 27) 13 0 New Zealand Canterbury United v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
MF Jake Butler (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 29) 2 0 Singapore Tampines Rovers v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
MF Craig Henderson (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Norway Stabæk v.  Mexico, 20 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
MF Leo Bertos (1981-12-20) 20 December 1981 (age 32) 56 0 India East Bengal v.  Mexico, 13 November 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)
MF Dan Keat (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 26) 5 0 Sweden Falkenberg v.  Trinidad and Tobago,15 October 2013 (Friendly)
MF Cole Peverley (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 1 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Trinidad and Tobago,15 October 2013 (Friendly)
FW Shane Smeltz (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 32) 50 23 Australia Sydney v.  Japan, 5 March 2014 (Friendly)
FW Rory Fallon (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 32) 18 4 Unattached v.  Japan, 5 March 2014 (Friendly)
FW Kris Bright (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 28) 6 1 Unattached v.  Trinidad and Tobago,15 October 2013 (Friendly)

INJ: Injured.
RET: Retired from international football.

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Records[edit]

Highest capped[edit]

# Name Career Caps Goals First Cap Latest Cap
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995–2013 88 6 vs.  Uruguay
25 June 1995
vs.  Mexico
13 November 2013
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011 69 6 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  Mexico
1 June 2011
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 64 28 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989 61 7 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
9 April 1989
5 Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 10 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
6 Brian Turner 1967–1982 59 21 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
7 Duncan Cole 1978–1988 58 4 vs.  Singapore
1 October 1978
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 vs.  Burma
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
9 Chris Zoricich 1988–2003 57 1 vs.  Israel
23 March 1988
vs.  France
22 June 2003
10 Ceri Evans 1980–1993 56 2 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
6 June 1993
Leo Bertos 2003– 56 0 vs.  Iran
13 October 2003
vs.  Mexico
13 November 2013
12 Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 12 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
13 Adrian Elrick 1975–1984 53 1 vs.  China PR
26 July 1975
vs.  Bahrain
24 April 1984
14 Shane Smeltz 2003– 50 23 vs.  United States
8 June 2003
vs.  Mexico
20 November 2013

Highest goal-scorer[edit]

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Goals Caps First Cap Most Recent Cap
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 28 64 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
2 Shane Smeltz 2003– 23 50 vs.  United States
8 June 2003
vs.  Mexico
20 November 2013
3 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 58 vs.  Burma
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
4 Brian Turner 1967–1982 21 59 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
5 Jock Newall 1951–1952 17 10 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  New Caledonia
28 September 1952
6 Keith Nelson 1977–1983 16 20 vs.  New Caledonia
5 March 1977
vs.  Ghana
7 June 1983
Chris Killen 2000– 16 48 vs.  Tahiti
19 June 2000
vs.  Saudi Arabia
5 September 2013
8 Grant Turner 1980–1988 15 42 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
9 Darren McClennan 1986–1997 12 43 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Papua New Guinea
11 June 1997
Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
Wynton Rufer 1980–1997 23 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
28 June 1997
Chris Wood 2009– 33 vs.  Tanzania
3 June 2009
vs.  Japan
5 March 2014
13 Steve Wooddin 1980–1984 11 24 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Fiji
20 October 1984
14 Roy Coxon 1951–1952 10 8 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  Tahiti
28 September 1952
Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
Dave Taylor 1967–1981 47 vs.  South Vietnam
10 November 1967
vs.  Japan
12 September 1981
Colin Walker 1984–1988 15 vs.  Fiji
18 October 1984
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988

Notable players[edit]

Players who have achieved one or more of the following: Fifty or more A-international caps for New Zealand, induction into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, receipt of an international award for football, represented more than one country at international level.

1 At least 50 A-international caps 2 Inductee to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame 3 Oceania footballer of the year 4 Represented more than one country at international level

Competitive record[edit]

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

As of New Zealand v South Africa, 30 May 2014

Pld W D L GF GA GD
356 148 63 145 641 561 +80

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
West Germany 1974 6 0 3 3 5 12
Argentina 1978 4 2 1 1 14 4
Spain 1982 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 15 9 5 1 44 10
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 13 7
Italy 1990 6 3 1 2 13 8
United States 1994 6 3 1 2 15 5
France 1998 6 3 0 3 13 6
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 0 2 20 7
Germany 2006 5 3 0 2 17 5
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 8 6 1 1 15 5
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 11 8 1 2 24 13
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 2/20 6 0 3 3 4 14 81 44 14 23 193 88

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 No OFC representative invited
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6
South Korea Japan 2001 Did not qualify
France 2003 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Germany 2005 Did not qualify
South Africa 2009 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7
Brazil 2013 Did not qualify
Russia 2017 To be determined
Qatar 2021
Total Group Stage 3/9 9 0 1 8 2 24

OFC Nations Cup[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 4
New Caledonia 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 0 3
Australia 1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1
French Polynesia 2000 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 3
New Zealand 2002 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
Australia 2004 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
Solomon Islands 2012 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 7
Total 4 Titles 9/9 39 28 3 8 100 38

See also[edit]

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. pp. 143–144.
  2. ^ a b Latham, Brent (17 March 2010). "U.S. connection helps New Zealand". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Latham's piece directly states; "From his post across the Pacific Ocean, Ricki Herbert may have a more profound interest in labor peace in America [referring to a possible MLS player strike that was averted days after the piece] than anyone in the history of New Zealand, because when his team kicks off the World Cup against Slovakia on 15 June, the All-Whites' lineup could feature even more MLS players than [U.S. national coach Bob] Bradley's."
  4. ^ "All Whites grab slice of history". TVNZ. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Celebrating with a little Slice of Heaven". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "All Whites backing derby rivalry to get them through". nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tell us your top Socceroos-All Whites games as a precursor to another trans-Tasman showdown". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ . stuff.co.nz. 12 August 2014 http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/10374184/All-Whites-named-former-captain-absent. Retrieved 12 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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