New Zealand women's national football team

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New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Football Ferns[1]
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
FIFA ranking 16 Increase 1 (10 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 16 (December 2013, July 2015)
Lowest FIFA ranking 24 (December 2006)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 New Zealand 2–0 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; 25 August 1975)
Biggest win
 New Zealand 21–0 Samoa 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 11–0 New Zealand 
(Brisbane, Australia; 24 February 2004)
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
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 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[3]
Caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2015 after the game against China.[4]

Head coach: Tony Readings

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Erin Nayler (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 23) 31 0 New Zealand Norwest United
2 2DF Ria Percival (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 25) 106 11 Germany USV Jena
3 2DF Anna Green (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 25) 55 7 Unattached
4 3MF Katie Hoyle (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 27) 105 1 Switzerland FC Zürich
5 2DF Abby Erceg (c) (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 25) 116 4 United States Chicago Red Stars
6 2DF Rebekah Stott (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 22) 42 1 Unattached
7 2DF Ali Riley (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 27) 95 1 Sweden FC Rosengård
8 4FW Jasmine Pereira (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 19) 10 0 New Zealand Three Kings United
9 4FW Amber Hearn (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 30) 102 45 Germany USV Jena
10 4FW Sarah Gregorius (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 28) 69 23 Japan AS Elfen Saitama
11 3MF Kirsty Yallop (1986-11-04) 4 November 1986 (age 28) 90 12 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
12 3MF Betsy Hassett (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 25) 82 8 Unattached
13 4FW Rosie White (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 22) 71 14 New Zealand Unattached
14 3MF Katie Bowen (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 21) 29 0 United States Univ. of North Carolina
15 2DF Meikayla Moore (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 19) 10 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs
16 3MF Annalie Longo (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 24) 81 6 New Zealand Coastal Spirit
17 4FW Hannah Wilkinson (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 23) 72 23 United States Univ. of Tennessee
18 2DF Catherine Bott (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 26) 1 0 New Zealand Forrest Hill Milford
19 3MF Evie Millynn (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 20) 2 0 New Zealand Eastern Suburbs
20 3MF Daisy Cleverley (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 18) 3 2 New Zealand Forrest Hill Milford
21 1GK Rebecca Rolls (1975-08-22) 22 August 1975 (age 40) 21 0 New Zealand Three Kings United
22 4FW Emma Kete (1987-09-01) 1 September 1987 (age 27) 48 3 New Zealand Fencibles United
23 1GK Cushla Lichtwark (1980-11-29) 29 November 1980 (age 34) 0 0 New Zealand Hutt City

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
MF Hayley Bowden (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 31) 92 10 Japan Iwata Bonita v.  United States, 4 April 2015 (Friendly)</small
FW Helen Collins (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 26) 28 6 New Zealand Claudelands Rovers v.  Australia, 12 February 2015 (Friendly)
MF Isabella Coombes (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 17) 0 0 New Zealand Claudelands Rovers v.  Norway, 27 November 2014 (Friendly)

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

# Name Years Caps Goals
1 Erceg, AbbyAbby Erceg 2006– 116 5
2 Percival, RiaRia Percival 2006– 106 11
3 Hoyle, KatieKatie Hoyle 2006– 105 1
4 Hearn, AmberAmber Hearn 2004– 102 45
5 Riley, AliAli Riley 2007– 95 1
6 Bowden, HayleyHayley Bowden 2003–2015 92 10
7 Yallop, KirstyKirsty Yallop 2004– 90 12
8 Hassett, BetsyBetsy Hassett 2008– 81 8
8 Longo, AnnalieAnnalie Longo 2006– 81 6
10 Bindon, JennyJenny Bindon 2004–2013 77 0
Statistics as of 15 June 2015.

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Years Goals Caps
1 Hearn, AmberAmber Hearn 2004– 45 102
2 Sharpe, WendyWendy Sharpe 1980–1995 34 47
3 Gregorius, SarahSarah Gregorius 2010– 23 69
3 Wilkinson, HannahHannah Wilkinson 2010– 23 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 71
10 Jackman, MaiaMaia Jackman 1993–2010 12 50
10 Yallop, KirstyKirsty Yallop 2004– 12 90

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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