Erin Nayler

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Erin Nayler
Erin Nayler (cropped).jpg
Nayler playing for New Zealand in 2019
Personal information
Full name Erin Nicole Nayler[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand[2]
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 16
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 IPFW Mastodons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Lynn-Avon United
Forrest Hill Milford
Eastern Suburbs AFC
2015 Norwest United AFC
2016 Sky Blue FC 0 (0)
2016–2017 Olympique Lyonnais Féminin 0 (0)
2017 Grenoble Foot 38 11 (0)
2017–2020 Bordeaux 32 (0)
2020–2021 Reading 0 (0)
National team
2010–2012 New Zealand U-20 10 (0)
2013– New Zealand 61[3] (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 April 2019

Erin Nicole Nayler (born 17 April 1992) is a New Zealand association football goalkeeper, playing for Reading of the English FA Women's Super League. She has represented New Zealand at international level.[4]

Early life[edit]

Nayler started playing as a goalkeeper at the age of 10.[5] Playing for Westlake Girls High School with her father Mark as coach, Nayler won many Secondary School tournaments before graduating in 2009.[6] Afterwards she went to Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2010,[7] spending one year playing for the IPFW Mastodons and studying biology.[8] She is currently studying Molecular Biology at Massey University.[5]


Nayler was a member of the New Zealand U-20 side at the 2010 and 2012 Women's World Championships, playing in all three of New Zealand's group games at both events.[9][10] The performances earned her a spot at the senior New Zealand team, the "Football Ferns", for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[11] Nayler was the only uncapped member of New Zealand's squad and did not feature in the tournament.[12] She was also a standby player for the 2012 Olympics.[13]

With Bordeaux in 2018.

Nayler's eventual senior début happened at the 2013 Cyprus Cup, in a 2–0 win over Italy.[14]

She played all three matches of New Zealand at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[15] Nayler was chosen as Player of the Match during her second game, as she kept a clean sheet in a 0–0 tie with the hosts in Edmonton.[16]

In 2015, Nayler was captain of Northern Football as they won the National Women's League, the top-flight women's football tournament of New Zealand.[17] She also played for Norwest United of the Northern League.[12] In 2016, Northern Football manager Paul Greig had become assistant coach of Sky Blue FC, in the United States' National Women's Soccer League, and led his new team to sign Nayler.[18] However, she was released by Sky Blue after 26 days and no games played, and Sky Blue signed another goalkeeper instead.[19][20]

Nayler then hoped to use the 2016 Olympics, where she was again the Ferns' starting goalie, to see if she attracted the attention of any foreign clubs.[21] In the Olympics, Nayler had a clean sheet in New Zealand's second game, a defeat of Colombia by 1–0, but the Ferns fell in the group stage following defeats to the United States and France.[22]

Shortly after the Games, Nayler signed a two-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais of France.[23] In 2017 she was loaned to women's team of Grenoble Foot 38, who played the Division 2, after seeing no playing time as the third goalkeeper.[24][25] For the 2017–18 season, Nayler signed with the female squad of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, who played in the Division 1.[26] At the end of her first season, where Bordeaux finished seventh, Nayler renewed her contract for an additional two years.[27]

In April 2019, Nayler was named to the final 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[28]

In August 2020, Nayler announced she had signed for FA Women's Super League club Reading.




  1. ^ a b c "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile". NZF. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Football Ferns squad revealed for World Cup". The New Zealand Herald. 29 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Thrill of the save fuels Nayler | New Zealand Football". 4 March 2015. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Westlake Girls High take out the champs". Stuff. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Fort Wayne Mastodons Athletics – Women's Soccer Adds Three to 2010 Roster". 3 February 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Fort Wayne Mastodons Athletics – Erin Nayler – 2010 Women's Soccer". Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Squad List – New Zealand". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Squad List – New Zealand". FIFA. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Nayler named in World Cup squad". Auckland Football Federation. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Football Ferns > Player Profiles > Erin Naylor". New Zealand Football. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Oceania Football Confederation". 29 June 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Football Ferns-Line-ups". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  15. ^ "FIFA player's stats". FIFA. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Nayler: We fought hard | New Zealand Football". 12 June 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Northern Football halt Mainland's dominance with national women's league final win". Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Erin Nayler signs for Sky Blue FC". New Zealand Football. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  19. ^ Wilson, Clay (6 July 2016). "Rio Olympics helps Football Ferns keeper Erin Nayler move on from club dumping". Stuff. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Former Friar Zimmerman Signs Pro Contract". Big East Conference. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Rio Olympics helps Football Ferns keeper Erin Nayler move on from club dumping". Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Football Ferns' Olympic campaign over after 3–0 loss to France". Stuff. 10 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Féminines : La gardienne Erin Nayler s'engage avec l'OL pour 2 ans".
  24. ^ "A la rencontre de Erin Nayler, internationale néo-zélandaise". GF38. 15 January 2017.
  25. ^ "NZ Football – HOME".
  26. ^ "Erin Nayler joins the Girondines!".
  27. ^ "Poignant test for Football Ferns keeper". Newsroom. 7 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Football Ferns squad revealed for World Cup". New Zealand Herald.
  29. ^ "IFFHS WOMAN TEAM – OFC – OF THE DECADE 2011–2020". IFFHS. 31 January 2021.

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