New Zealand women's national football team

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New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Football Ferns[1]
Visión OFC
Association New Zealand Football
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Tony Readings
Captain Abby Erceg
Most caps Abby Erceg (116)
Top scorer Amber Hearn (45)
FIFA code NZL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Steady (25 September 2015)
Highest 16 (December 2013, July-September 2015)
Lowest 24 (December 2006)
First international
 New Zealand 2–0 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; 25 August 1975)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1991)
Best result Group stage (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015)
OFC Women's Nations Cup
Appearances 10 (First in 1983)
Best result Champions (1983, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2014)

The New Zealand women's national football team, nicknamed the Football Ferns, represents New Zealand in international women's football and is governed by New Zealand Football (NZF). The New Zealand national team qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, held in China in September 2007, sending the team to their first World Cup in 16 years, and the second since their 1975 debut in international competition.[2]

Record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Group Stage 11th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007 Group Stage 14th 3 0 0 3 0 9
Germany 2011 Group Stage 12th 3 0 1 2 4 6
Canada 2015 Group Stage 19th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Total Group Stage - 12 0 3 9 7 29

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 Did not enter
China 2008 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 7 –5 1
United Kingdom 2012 Quarter-finals 4 1 0 3 3 5 –2 3
Brazil 2016 Qualified
Total Quarter-finals 7 1 1 5 5 12 –7 4

OFC Championship[edit]

Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
New Caledonia 1983 1st 4 3 1 0 24 3 +21
New Zealand 1986 3rd 4 2 0 2 3 3 0
Australia 1989 2nd 5 4 0 1 10 1 +9
Australia 1991 1st 4 3 0 1 28 1 +27
Papua New Guinea 1995 2nd 4 3 0 1 10 2 +8
New Zealand 1998 2nd 4 3 0 1 41 3 +38
Australia 2003 2nd 4 3 0 1 29 2 +27
Papua New Guinea 2007 1st 3 3 0 0 21 1 +20
New Zealand 2010 1st 5 5 0 0 50 0 +50
Papua New Guinea 2014 1st 3 3 0 0 30 0 +30
Total 5 Titles 40 32 1 7 246 16 +230

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal in March 2016.[3]
Caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2016 after the game against Papua New Guinea.

Head coach: Tony Readings

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Erin Nayler (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 23) 34 0 New Zealand Norwest United
1GK Rebecca Rolls (1975-08-22) 22 August 1975 (age 40) 21 0 New Zealand Three Kings United
2DF Abby Erceg (c) (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 26) 119 6 Japan AS Elfen Saitama
2DF Ria Percival (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 26) 109 11 Germany USV Jena
2DF Ali Riley (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 28) 98 1 Sweden FC Rosengård
2DF Anna Green (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 25) 56 7 Japan AS Elfen Saitama
2DF Rebekah Stott (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 22) 45 4 Australia Melbourne City
2DF Meikayla Moore (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 19) 10 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs
2DF Catherine Bott (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 26) 2 0 New Zealand Forrest Hill Milford
3MF Katie Duncan (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 28) 108 1 Switzerland FC Zürich
3MF Kirsty Yallop (1986-11-04) 4 November 1986 (age 29) 93 12 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Betsy Hassett (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 25) 84 8 Norway Amazon
3MF Annalie Longo (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 24) 84 8 New Zealand Coastal Spirit
3MF Katie Bowen (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 21) 30 0 United States Univ. of North Carolina
3MF Kate Loye (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 22) 1 0 New Zealand Claudelands Rovers
4FW Amber Hearn (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 31) 105 48 Germany USV Jena
4FW Rosie White (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 22) 74 14 England Liverpool
4FW Sarah Gregorius (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 28) 72 22 Japan AS Elfen Saitama
4FW Jasmine Pereira (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 19) 12 0 New Zealand Three Kings United
4FW Aimee Phillips (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 24) 2 1 New Zealand Forrest Hill Milford

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the national side in the previous 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Victoria Esson (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 24) 0 0 New Zealand Ferrymead Bays v.  Papua New Guinea, 23 January 2016 (Olympic Qualifier)
MF Grace Jale 0 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs v.  Papua New Guinea, 23 January 2016 (Olympic Qualifier)
GK Cushla Lichtwark (1980-11-29) 29 November 1980 (age 35) 0 0 New Zealand Hutt City v.  Papua New Guinea, 23 January 2016 (Olympic Qualifier)
FW Stephanie Skilton (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 21) 2 0 United States Syracuse University v.  Brazil, 1 December 2015 (Friendly)
FW Hannah Wilkinson (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 23) 72 23 United States Univ. of Tennessee 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Emma Kete (1987-09-01) 1 September 1987 (age 28) 48 3 New Zealand Fencibles United 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Daisy Cleverley (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 18) 3 2 New Zealand Forrest Hill Milford 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Evie Millynn (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 21) 2 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Hayley Bowden (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 31) 92 10 Japan Iwata Bonita v.  United States, 4 April 2015 (Friendly)
FW Helen Collins (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 27) 28 6 New Zealand Claudelands Rovers v.  Australia, 12 February 2015 (Friendly)

Results and fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

# Name Years Caps Goals
1 Erceg, AbbyAbby Erceg 2006– 119 6
2 Percival, RiaRia Percival 2006– 109 11
3 Hoyle, KatieKatie Hoyle 2006– 108 1
4 Hearn, AmberAmber Hearn 2004– 105 48
5 Riley, AliAli Riley 2007– 98 1
6 Yallop, KirstyKirsty Yallop 2004– 93 12
7 Bowden, HayleyHayley Bowden 2003–2015 92 10
8 Hassett, BetsyBetsy Hassett 2008– 84 8
8 Longo, AnnalieAnnalie Longo 2006– 84 8
10 Bindon, JennyJenny Bindon 2004–2013 77 0
Statistics as of 26 January 2016.

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Years Goals Caps
1 Hearn, AmberAmber Hearn 2004– 48 105
2 Sharpe, WendyWendy Sharpe 1980–1995 34 47
3 Wilkinson, HannahHannah Wilkinson 2010– 23 72
4 Gregorius, SarahSarah Gregorius 2010– 22 72
5 Henderson, WendiWendi Henderson 1987–2007 17 64
5 Jacobson, MaureenMaureen Jacobson 1979–1996 17 53
7 Andersen, PernillePernille Andersen 1998 15 7
8 Smith, NickyNicky Smith 1998–2007 14 23
8 White, RosieRosie White 2009– 14 74
10 Jackman, MaiaMaia Jackman 1993–2010 12 50
10 Yallop, KirstyKirsty Yallop 2004– 12 93

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer women step out with new name - Football Ferns...". Stuff.co.nz. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  2. ^ "1975 ASIAN CUP". New Zealand Football on NZfootball.co.nz. Archived from the original on September 2, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/ferns-named-for-algarve-cup/

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
OFC Women's Champions
1983 (First title)
Succeeded by
1986 Chinese Taipei 
Preceded by
1989 Chinese Taipei 
OFC Women's Champions
1991 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1995 Australia 
Preceded by
2003 Australia 
OFC Women's Champions
2007 (Third title)
2010 (Fourth title)
2014 (Fifth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbents
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
AFC Women's Champions
1975 (First title)
Succeeded by
1977 Republic of China