New Zealand Football

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New Zealand Football
Association crest
Founded 1891
FIFA affiliation 1948
OFC affiliation 1966
President Frank van Hattum

New Zealand Football is the governing body for the sport of association football in New Zealand. It was founded in 1891, and became officially affiliated with FIFA in 1948. New Zealand was a founding member of the Oceania Football Confederation.

NZF oversees the seven New Zealand Football federations, as well as the New Zealand national football team (nicknamed the "All Whites"), the national junior and women's teams (nicknamed the "Football Ferns"), the men's and women's National League (the men's league is known as the ASB Premiership, with a number of tournaments, including the Chatham Cup. The ASB Premiership is played in the New Zealand summer between eight teams. A New Zealand team, Wellington Phoenix FC, play in the Australian A-League.

In May 2007, the organisation was renamed New Zealand Football (NZF), replacing the word "soccer" with "football" in line with the common usage in the rest of the world.

In September 2007, the New Zealand female football teams were rebranded. The women's national team changed its name from "SWANZ" to "Football Ferns", the female under-20 team to the "Junior Football Ferns" and the under-17 team became the "Young Football Ferns"[1]

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, New Zealand achieved their best result in their teams' history when they had a 1-1 draw with reigning World champions Italy. Shane Smeltz scored in the 7th minute marking the first time New Zealand had ever led a match at the World Cup.[2] They went on to become the only unbeaten team in the tournament.


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  1. ^ NEW LOOK FOR ‘FOOTBALL FERNS', 4 September 2007.
  2. ^ "World Cup Match Results: Italy vs New Zealand - FIFA World Cup 2010 - ESPN Soccernet". 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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