New Zealand national football team

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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 QBE Stadium
FIFA code NZL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 122 Decrease 9 (16 October 2017)
Highest 47 (August 2002)
Lowest 161 (April–May 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 73 (10 October 2017)
Highest 39 (June 1983)
Lowest 95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
First international
New Zealand New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
New Zealand New Zealand 13–0 Fiji 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 0–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)[1]
World Cup
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
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1999)
Best result Group stage, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017

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 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 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. 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.[2]

Recent success[edit]

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

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.[3] 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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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 inevitably finished above Italy, who placed last, in the group. New Zealand drew all three games and finished third in their group.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

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”,[6] and having “seven months without a match” the All Whites dropped to 161 in the FIFA world rankings.[7][8][8] 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 sees 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 sees 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 88 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.[9][10]

The All Whites Ranked 95th in the world headed into 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup as the lowest ranked team in the tournament. The All Whites were beaten 2–0 by hosts Russia, before 2–1 defeat at the hands of Mexico and 4–0 loss to Portugal. New Zealand also succumbed to 1–0 defeats against both Northern Ireland and Belarus as part of their preparations for the tournament. New Zealand fell 27 places to 122nd in the FIFA rankings after finishing the Confederations Cup.[11]

In September 2017, New Zealand won the OFC Final against Solomon Islands. The All Whites won the home-and-away tie on an aggregate score of 8–3 to qualify for the Inter-continental play-off qualifier against the fifth-ranked nation from South America's qualifiers, where the winner will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.[12] Peru ended up finishing fifth in CONMEBOL qualifiers meaning they would face New Zealand home and away in November[13]

Supporters[edit]

The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.[14]

Rivalries[edit]

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia.[15] 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.[16] The rivalry extends to club football, with New Zealand's only fully professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, playing in the Australian A-League.

Coaching staff[edit]

[17]

Position Name
Head Coach England Anthony Hudson
Assistant Coach England Peter Taylor
Assistant Coach England Alex Armstrong
Assistant Coach England Darren Bazeley
Goalkeeping Coach England Paul Gothard
Team Manager South Africa Rob Pickstock
Performance Analyst South Korea Jase Kim
Sports Scientist England Aidan Wivell
Doctor Scotland Chan Dassanayake
Physiotherapist New Zealand Roland Jeffery
Physiotherapist New Zealand Mark Palmer

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 22 players were called up for the Friendly vs. Japan on 6 October 2017.[18]
Caps and goals updated as of 6 October 2017 after the game against Japan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stefan Marinovic (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 26) 22 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps
12 1GK Michael Woud (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 18) 0 0 England Sunderland

5 2DF Michael Boxall (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 29) 29 0 United States Minnesota United
2 2DF Winston Reid (Captain) (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 29) 22 1 England West Ham United
22 2DF Andrew Durante (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 35) 22 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
4 2DF Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 (age 31) 14 1 Greece PAS Giannina
18 2DF Kip Colvey (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 23) 13 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
3 2DF Deklan Wynne (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 22) 13 0 Canada Whitecaps FC 2
19 2DF Sam Brotherton (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 21) 9 0 England Sunderland
17 2DF Tom Doyle (1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 (age 25) 8 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
16 2DF Dane Ingham (1999-06-08) 8 June 1999 (age 18) 5 0 Australia Brisbane Roar

8 3MF Michael McGlinchey (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 30) 50 5 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
11 3MF Marco Rojas (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 25) 38 5 Netherlands Heerenveen
6 3MF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 (age 22) 22 0 United States Portland Timbers
14 3MF Ryan Thomas (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 22) 16 3 Netherlands PEC Zwolle
15 3MF Moses Dyer (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 20) 10 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs
21 3MF James Musa (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 25) 3 0 United States Sporting Kansas City

10 4FW Shane Smeltz (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 36) 58 24 Indonesia Borneo
9 4FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 25) 54 24 England Burnley
7 4FW Kosta Barbarouses (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 27) 45 4 Australia Melbourne Victory
13 4FW Monty Patterson (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 20) 15 1 England Ipswich Town
20 4FW Myer Bevan (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 20) 2 1 Canada Whitecaps FC 2

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Glen Moss (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 34) 29 0 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017
GK Oliver Sail (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 21) 0 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Solomon Islands, 1 September 2017
GK Tamati Williams (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 33) 1 0 Denmark AaB 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

DF Storm Roux (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 24) 9 0 Australia Central Coast Mariners v.  Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017
DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 27) 35 2 England Ipswich Town v.  Solomon Islands, 1 September 2017 INJ
DF Louis Fenton (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 24) 7 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016
DF Luke Adams (1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 23) 5 1 Australia South Melbourne v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016
DF Liam Graham (1992-08-14) 14 August 1992 (age 25) 4 0 New Zealand Auckland City v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016

MF Alex Rufer (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 21) 3 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017
MF Clayton Lewis (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 20) 11 0 England Scunthorpe United 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
MF Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 22) 5 0 New Zealand Auckland City v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016
MF Henry Cameron (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Limerick v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016

FW Jai Ingham (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Australia Melbourne Victory v.  Fiji, 28 March 2017
FW Rory Fallon (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 35) 24 6 England Dorchester Town v.  New Caledonia, 12 November 2016

Results and fixtures[edit]

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

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Player records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

Caps and goals updated as 6 October 2017.

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995–2013 88 6
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011 69 6
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 64 28
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989 61 7
5 Chris Jackson 1992–2003 60 10
6 Brian Turner 1967–1982 59 21
7= Duncan Cole 1978–1988 58 4
7= Steve Sumner 1976–1988 58 22
7= Shane Smeltz 2003– 58 24
10 Chris Zoricich 1988–2003 57 1

Most goals[edit]

Players in bold still active at international level.

# Player Period Goals Caps
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 28 64
2= Shane Smeltz 2003– 24 58
2= Chris Wood 2009– 24 54
4 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 58
5 Brian Turner 1967–1982 21 59
6 Jock Newall 1951–1952 17 10
7= Keith Nelson 1977–1983 16 20
7= Chris Killen 2000–2013 16 48
9 Grant Turner 1980–1988 15 42
10 Darren McClennan 1986–1997 12 43
10= Michael McGarry 1986–1997 12 54

Competitive record[edit]

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
366 156 68 154 663 585 +78

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 2/22 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 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 8
2021 To be determined
Total Group stage 4/11 12 0 1 11 3 32

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
Papua New Guinea 2016 Champions 1st 5 4 1* 0 10 1
Total 5 titles 10/10 44 33 3 8 110 39
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

See also[edit]

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand matches at the World Football Elo Ratings
  2. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. pp. 143–144.
  3. ^ a b Latham, Brent (17 March 2010). "U.S. connection helps New Zealand". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "All Whites grab slice of history". TVNZ. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "National Teams". Soccerway. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "All Whites coach Anthony Hudson hits out over NZ football culture, lack of games". Newshub. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "All Whites drop to record-low ranking". Newshub. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Argentina stay top as All Whites and EURO heroes soar". FIFA. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – New Zealand". FIFA. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "All Whites drop 27 places in FIFA rankings, Germany back atop after Confederations Cup win". Stuff. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "All Whites book intercontinental place". NZ Football. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  13. ^ Hyslop, Liam. "All Whites to play Peru for place at the 2018 World Cup". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Celebrating with a little Slice of Heaven". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "All Whites backing derby rivalry to get them through". nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tell us your top Socceroos-All Whites games as a precursor to another trans-Tasman showdown". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/all-whites-depart-for-korea-test/
  18. ^ "Hudson names experienced squad for Japan". New Zealand Football. 29 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to New Zealand national association football team at Wikimedia Commons