New Zealand women's national football team

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New Zealand
Nickname(s)Football Ferns[1]
AssociationNew Zealand Football
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachTom Sermanni
CaptainAli Riley
Most capsRia Percival (153)
Top scorerAmber Hearn (54)
FIFA codeNZL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 22 Steady (25 June 2021)[2]
Highest16 (December 2013, July–September 2015)
Lowest24 (December 2006)
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
Appearances6 (first in 1991)
Best resultGroup stage (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
OFC Women's Nations Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1983)
Best resultChampions (1983, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Summer Olympics
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best result8th (2012)

The New Zealand women's national football team, nicknamed the Football Ferns, 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.[3] New Zealand will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup alongside Australia, the Football Ferns automatically qualified as co-host.

History[edit]

The New Zealand Women's Soccer Association was founded in 1975. By invitation the team took part in the Asian Women's Championship in 1975 and won the championship.[4] They have since then played in the Oceanic Championship. New Zealand will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup along with Australia after being awarded on 25 June 2020 as the favorites over Colombia. The Football Ferns automatically qualified as co-host.

Team image[edit]

Nicknames[edit]

The New Zealand women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Football Ferns[5]".

FIFA world rankings[edit]

As of 14 July 2021[6]

  Worst Ranking    Best Ranking    Worst Mover    Best Mover  

New Zealand's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
22 2021 1 0 1 0 22 Increase 0 22 Decrease 0

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2021[edit]

14 July Friendly Great Britain  3–0  New Zealand Tokyo, Japan
Report Stadium: Todoroki Athletics Stadium
Attendance: 0 (behind closed doors)
21 July Olympics GS Australia  2–1  New Zealand Tokyo, Japan
20:30 UTC+9
[7]
Stadium: Tokyo Stadium
24 July Olympics GS New Zealand  1–6  United States Saitama, Japan
20:30 UTC+9
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 0
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
27 July Olympics GS New Zealand  0–2  Sweden Rifu, Japan
17:00 UTC+9
Stadium: Miyagi Stadium
Attendance: 884
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Ref.
Head coach Scotland Tom Sermanni [8]
Assistant coach New Zealand Leon Birnie [8]
Assistant coach United Kingdom Owain Prosser [8]
Goalkeeping coach New Zealand Duncan Reed [8]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were named to the squad for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[9]

  • Caps and goals are current as of 21 July 2021 after match against  Australia.[8]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Erin Naylor (1992-04-17)April 17, 1992 (aged 29) 72 0 Unattached
18 1GK Anna Leat (2001-06-26)June 26, 2001 (aged 20) 4 0 New Zealand East Coast Bays

3 2DF Anna Green (1990-08-20)August 20, 1990 (aged 30) 78 7 New Zealand Lower Hutt
4 2DF C. J. Bott (1995-04-22)April 22, 1995 (aged 26) 25 1 Norway Vålerenga Fotball Damer
5 2DF Meikayla Moore (1996-06-04)June 4, 1996 (aged 25) 42 3 England Liverpool
6 2DF Claudia Bunge (1999-09-21)September 21, 1999 (aged 21) 4 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
7 2DF Ali Riley (C) (1987-10-30)October 30, 1987 (aged 33) 135 1 United States Orlando Pride
8 2DF Abby Erceg (1989-11-20)November 20, 1989 (aged 31) 142 6 United States North Carolina Courage

2 3MF Ria Percival (1989-12-07)December 7, 1989 (aged 31) 151 14 England Tottenham Hotspur
10 3MF Annalie Longo (1991-07-01)July 1, 1991 (aged 30) 123 15 Australia Melbourne Victory
12 3MF Betsy Hassett (1990-08-04)August 4, 1990 (aged 30) 120 13 Iceland Stjarnan
14 3MF Katie Bowen (1994-04-15)April 15, 1994 (aged 27) 71 3 United States Kansas City
15 3MF Daisy Cleverley (1997-04-30)April 30, 1997 (aged 24) 10 2 United States Georgetown Hoyas
16 3MF Emma Rolston (1996-11-10)November 10, 1996 (aged 24) 5 6 Norway Arna-Bjørnar

9 4FW Gabi Rennie (2001-07-07)July 7, 2001 (aged 20) 1 1 United States Indiana Hoosiers
11 4FW Olivia Chance (1993-10-05)October 5, 1993 (aged 27) 21 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
13 4FW Paige Satchell (1998-04-13)April 13, 1998 (aged 23) 19 1 Unattached
17 4FW Hannah Wilkinson (1992-05-28)May 28, 1992 (aged 29) 98 26 Unattached

Recent call-ups[edit]

  • The following players have been named to a roster in the previous 12 months.

This list may be incomplete, and caps and goals may be inaccurate.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Victoria Esson (1991-03-06) March 6, 1991 (age 30) 3 0 Norway Avaldsnes 2020 Summer Olympics ALT

DF Elizabeth Anton (1998-12-12) December 12, 1998 (age 22) 5 0 New Zealand Future Ferns Domestic Programme 2020 Summer Olympics ALT
DF Marisa van der Meer (2002-03-27) March 27, 2002 (age 19) 0 0 New Zealand Future Ferns Domestic Programme 2020 Summer Olympics ALT

FW Michaela Robertson (1996-08-28) August 28, 1996 (age 24) 0 0 New Zealand Lower Hutt 2020 Summer Olympics ALT

Notes:

  • ALT = Alternate

Captains[edit]

[10]

Current New Zealand captain

Records[edit]

Bold players are still active.

Statistics as of 27 July 2021.[10]

Honours[edit]

Continental[edit]

Med 1.png Champions: 1983, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2018
Med 2.png Runners-up: 1989, 1994, 1998, 2003

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record
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
France 2019 Group stage 20th 3 0 0 3 1 5
Australia New Zealand 2023 Qualified as co-hosts
Total Group stage 15 0 3 12 8 34
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
China 1991 Group stage 17 November  Denmark L 0–3 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
19 November  Norway L 0–4 Guangdong Provincial Stadium, Guangzhou
21 November  China PR L 1–4 New Plaza Stadium, Foshan
China 2007 Group stage 12 September  Brazil L 0–5 Wuhan Stadium, Wuhan
15 September  Denmark L 0–2
20 September  China PR L 0–2 Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium, Tianjin
Germany 2011 Group stage 27 June  Japan L 1–2 Ruhrstadion, Bochum
1 July  England L 1–2 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, Dresden
5 July  Mexico D 2–2 Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
Canada 2015 Group stage 6 June  Netherlands L 0–1 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
11 June  Canada D 0–0
15 June  China PR D 2–2 Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
France 2019 Group stage 11 June  Netherlands L 0–1 Stade Océane, Le Havre
15 June  Canada L 0–2 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
20 June  Cameroon L 1–2 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Australia New Zealand
2023
Group stage July TBD TBD
July TBD TBD
July TBD TBD

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympics record
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 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3
Japan 2020 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
Total 13 2 1 10 8 27 −19 7

OFC Women's Nations Cup[edit]

OFC Women's Nations Cup record
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 1994 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
New Caledonia 2018 1st 5 5 0 0 43 0 +43
Total 6 Titles 45 37 1 7 289 16 +273

Algarve Cup[edit]

The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup".[11]

Portugal Algarve Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
2016 4th place 4 1 2 1 2 2 0
2020 4th place 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4
Total 2/27 7 1 3 3 4 8 −4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer women step out with new name – Football Ferns..." Stuff.co.nz. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ "1975 ASIAN CUP". New Zealand Football on NZfootball.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  4. ^ "1975". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Soccer women step out with new name – Football Ferns..." Stuff.co.nz. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - New Zealand - Women's". FIFA. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  7. ^ Voerman, Andrew (21 July 2021). "Football Ferns outclassed by Australia in opening match at the Tokyo Olympics". Stuff. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020" (PDF). FIFA. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Squads named for Tokyo 2020". www.nzfootball.co.nz/. New Zealand Football. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Roll of Honour". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 22 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Women's game thriving in the Algarve". FIFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2014.

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)
2018 (Sixth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbents
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
AFC Women's Champions
1975 (First title)
Succeeded by
1977 Republic of China