New Zealand national football team
|Association||New Zealand Football (NZF)|
|Head coach||Anthony Hudson|
|Most caps||Ivan Vicelich (88)|
|Top scorer||Vaughan Coveny (28)|
|Home stadium||QBE Stadium|
|Current||122 9 (16 October 2017)|
|Highest||47 (August 2002)|
|Lowest||161 (April–May 2016)|
|Current||73 (10 October 2017)|
|Highest||39 (June 1983)|
|Lowest||95 (September 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|
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.
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Coaching staff
- 3 Players
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Player records
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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. Peru ended up finishing fifth in CONMEBOL qualifiers meaning they would face New Zealand home and away in November
The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.
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||Anthony Hudson|
|Assistant Coach||Peter Taylor|
|Assistant Coach||Alex Armstrong|
|Assistant Coach||Darren Bazeley|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Paul Gothard|
|Team Manager||Rob Pickstock|
|Performance Analyst||Jase Kim|
|Sports Scientist||Aidan Wivell|
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:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Glen Moss||19 January 1983||29||0||Newcastle Jets||v. Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017|
|GK||Oliver Sail||13 January 1996||0||0||Wellington Phoenix||v. Solomon Islands, 1 September 2017|
|GK||Tamati Williams||19 January 1984||1||0||AaB||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|DF||Storm Roux||13 January 1993||9||0||Central Coast Mariners||v. Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Tommy Smith||31 March 1990||35||2||Ipswich Town||v. Solomon Islands, 1 September 2017 INJ|
|DF||Louis Fenton||3 April 1993||7||0||Team Wellington||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
|DF||Luke Adams||8 May 1994||5||1||South Melbourne||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
|DF||Liam Graham||14 August 1992||4||0||Auckland City||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
|MF||Alex Rufer||12 June 1996||3||0||Wellington Phoenix||v. Solomon Islands, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Clayton Lewis||12 February 1997||11||0||Scunthorpe United||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|MF||Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi||27 March 1995||5||0||Auckland City||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
|MF||Henry Cameron||28 June 1997||2||0||Limerick||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
|FW||Jai Ingham||14 August 1993||1||0||Melbourne Victory||v. Fiji, 28 March 2017|
|FW||Rory Fallon||20 March 1982||24||6||Dorchester Town||v. New Caledonia, 12 November 2016|
Results and fixtures
|12 November 2016 World Cup qualification||New Zealand||2–0||New Caledonia||Auckland, New Zealand|
|15:00 UTC+13||Rojas 42', 72'||Report||Stadium: QBE Stadium
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
|15 November 2016 World Cup qualification||New Caledonia||0–0||New Zealand||Koné, New Caledonia|
|17:00 UTC+11||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Stade Yoshida
Referee: George Time (Solomon Islands)
|25 March 2017 World Cup qualification||Fiji||0–2||New Zealand||Lautoka, Fiji|
|Wood 48' (pen.)
|Stadium: Churchill Park
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
|28 March 2017 World Cup qualification||New Zealand||2–0||Fiji||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Thomas 27', 68'||(FIFA)||Stadium: Westpac Stadium
Referee: Kader Zitouni (Tahiti)
|2 June 2017 Friendly||Northern Ireland||1–0||New Zealand||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|20:45 BST||Boyce 6'||Report||Stadium: Windsor Park
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
|12 June 2017 Friendly||Belarus||1–0||New Zealand||Minsk, Belarus|
|Palyakow 47'||Report||Stadium: Traktor Stadium
Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (Russia)
|17 June 2017 Confederations Cup GS||Russia||2–0||New Zealand||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|18:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|21 June 2017 Confederations Cup GS||Mexico||2–1||New Zealand||Sochi, Russia|
|21:00 UTC+3||Report||Wood 42'||Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|24 June 2017 Confederations Cup GS||New Zealand||0–4||Portugal||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|18:00 UTC+3||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|1 September 2017 World Cup qualification||New Zealand||6–1||Solomon Islands||Auckland, New Zealand|
|19:45 UTC+12||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: North Harbour Stadium
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
|5 September 2017 World Cup qualification||Solomon Islands||2–2||New Zealand||Honiara, Solomon Islands|
|15:00 UTC+11||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Lawson Tama Stadium
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|6 October 2017 Kirin Challenge Cup 2017||Japan||2–1||New Zealand||Nagoya, Japan|
||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
|11 November 2017 World Cup qualification||New Zealand||v||Peru||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Stadium: Westpac Stadium
|15 November 2017 World Cup qualification||Peru||v||New Zealand||Lima, Peru|
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Lima
Caps and goals updated as 6 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 Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup
|1930||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|
|2018||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|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 Cup
|OFC Nations Cup record|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
- New Zealand matches at the World Football Elo Ratings
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- Latham, Brent (17 March 2010). "U.S. connection helps New Zealand". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- 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."
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