New Zealand national football team

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New Zealand
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Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football (NZF)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Danny Hay
Captain Winston Reid
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (88)
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium North Harbour Stadium
Westpac Stadium
FIFA code NZL
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 121 Increase2.svg 1 (24 October 2019) [1]
Highest47 (August 2002)
Lowest161 (April–May 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 85 Decrease2.svg 4 (19 November 2019) [2]
Highest39 (June 1983)
Lowest100 (June 1997)
First international
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3–1 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 13–0 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
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(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936) [3]
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1982 )
Best resultGroup stage (1982 and 2010)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1973 )
Best resultChampions (1973, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1999 )
Best resultGroup stage

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. [4] 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 professional New Zealand footballers play for clubs in English-speaking countries such as England, the United States and Australia.

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History

Early years

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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. [5] 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. [6] In 1927, Canada became the second team to play in New Zealand as they played in four official matches with a win and a draw. [7]

New Zealand would become one of the founder members of the Oceania Football Confederation in 1966 which was founded between Charles Dempsey and his Australian colleague Jim Bayutti in founding the federation. [8]

Recent success

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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. [9] A common next step in these players' career paths is a stint in Major League Soccer; ESPN soccernet 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. [9] [10] 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. [11] 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 ultimately finished above Italy, who placed last, in the group. New Zealand drew all three games and finished third in their group. New Zealand were also the only undefeated team in the entire tournament thanks to Spain's defeat to Switzerland.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

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”, [12] and having “seven months without a match” the All Whites dropped to 161 in the FIFA world rankings. [13] [14] [14] 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 saw 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 saw 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 88th 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. [15] [16]

After a disappointing tournament at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup where they finished bottom of their group which featured Russia, Mexico and Portugal, the national team fell 27 places to 122nd. [17] In September 2017, New Zealand won the OFC Final against the Solomon Islands with an aggregate score of 8–3 to qualify for the inter-continental play-off qualifier against Peru, the fifth-ranked nation from the South America's qualifiers. [18] [19] After holding Peru off in the first leg, they would go to lose 2-0 in the second leg to be eliminated from competition as Peru became the last team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [20] [21]

Rivalries

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbours Australia. [22] 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. [23] 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

PositionName
Head Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Danny Hay
Technical Director Flag of New Zealand.svg Andrew Boyens
Assistant Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Rory Fallon
Assistant Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Jason Batty
Goalkeeping Coach Vacant
Team Manager Vacant
Performance Analyst Vacant
Sports Science / S&C Flag of Australia (converted).svg Danny Deigan
Doctor Flag of Scotland.svg Chan Dassanayake
Physiotherapist Flag of New Zealand.svg Roland Jeffery
Physiotherapist Flag of New Zealand.svg Mark Palmer

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see New Zealand national team players.

Current squad

The following players were called up for friendly games against Ireland and Lithuania to be play on 15 and 18 November 2019.
[24] Caps and goals updated as of 17 November after the game against Lithuania.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Stefan Marinovic (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 28)250 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix
1 GK Michael Woud (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willem II

2 DF Michael Boxall (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 31)330 Flag of the United States.svg Minnesota United
2 DF Liberato Cacace (2000-09-27) 27 September 2000 (age 19)30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix
2 DF James McGarry (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willem II
2 DF Nando Pijnaker (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20)10 Flag of Sweden.svg Torslanda IK
2 DF Winston Reid (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 31)251 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
2 DF Storm Roux (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 26)100 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory
2 DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 29)382 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado Rapids
2 DF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 24)260 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Timbers

3 MF Joe Bell (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of the United States.svg Virginia Cavaliers
3 MF Michael McGlinchey (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 32)555 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Mariners
3 MF Tim Payne (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 25)192 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix
3 MF Matthew Ridenton (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 23)60 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets
3 MF Marco Rojas (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 28)425 Flag of Denmark.svg SønderjyskE
3 MF Alex Rufer (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 23)70 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix
3 MF Sarpreet Singh (1999-02-20) 20 February 1999 (age 20)61 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich II
3 MF Ryan Thomas (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 24)193 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven

4 FW Elliot Collier (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 24)20 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Fire
4 FW Andre de Jong (1996-11-02) 2 November 1996 (age 23)41 Flag of South Africa.svg AmaZulu
4 FW Elijah Just (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 19)20 Flag of Denmark.svg FC Helsingør
4 FW Max Mata (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 19)10 Flag of Estonia.svg Nõmme Kalju
4 FW Callum McCowatt (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 20)11 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix
4 FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 27)5724 Flag of England.svg Burnley

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 18 months and are still eligible for selection:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Max Crocombe (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 26)20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar 2018 Intercontinental Cup
GK Nik Tzanev (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 22)10 Flag of England.svg AFC Wimbledon 2018 Intercontinental Cup

DF Deklan Wynne (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 24)150 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado Rapids 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Sam Brotherton (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 23)120 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Dane Ingham (1999-06-08) 8 June 1999 (age 20)70 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth Glory 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Nikko Boxall (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 27)30 Flag of Denmark.svg Viborg 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Louis Fenton (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 26)70 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Justin Gulley (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26)30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Team Wellington 2018 Intercontinental Cup

MF Tim Payne (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 25)182 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Phoenix 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Clayton Lewis (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 22)140 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Cameron Howieson (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24)130 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Moses Dyer (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 22)111 Flag of Norway.svg Florø 2018 Intercontinental Cup

FW Myer Bevan (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 22)62 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City 2018 Intercontinental Cup

Results and fixtures

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.

2018

2019

Player records

Most caps

Caps and goals updated as 15 November 2019.

#PlayerPeriodCapsGoals
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995–2013886
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011696
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–20066428
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989617
5 Chris Jackson 1992–20036010
6 Brian Turner 1967–19825921
7= Duncan Cole 1978–1988584
7= Steve Sumner 1976–19885822
7= Shane Smeltz 2003–20175824
10= Chris Zoricich 1988–2003571
10= Chris Wood 2009–5724

Most goals

Players in bold still active at international level.

#PlayerPeriodGoalsCaps
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–20062864
2= Shane Smeltz 2003–20172458
2= Chris Wood 2009–2457
4 Steve Sumner 1976–19882258
5 Brian Turner 1967–19822159
6 Jock Newall 1951–19521710
7= Keith Nelson 1977–19831620
7= Chris Killen 2000–20131648
9 Grant Turner 1980–19881542
10= Wynton Rufer 1980–19971223
10= Darren McClennan 1986–19971243
10= Michael McGarry 1986–19971254

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

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FIFA World Cup

New Zealand's FIFA World Cup recordQualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
RoundPosPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not participateDid not participate
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify200206
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 6033512
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 4211144
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Group stage23rd3003212159514410
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Did not qualify6312137
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 6312138
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 6312155
Flag of France.svg 1998 6303136
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 6402207
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 5302175
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Group stage22nd3030228611155
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Did not qualify118122413
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 13841246
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalGroup stage2/2360334149452182421794

FIFA Confederations Cup

New Zealand's FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 No OFC representative invited
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Group stage8th300316
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 2003 Group stage8th3003111
Flag of Germany.svg 2005 Did not qualify
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Group stage8th301207
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Did not qualify
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Group stage8th300318
TotalGroup stage4/10120111332

OFC Nations Cup

New Zealand's OFC Nations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1973 Champions 1st5410134
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1980 Group stage5th310278
1996 Third place3rd201103
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1998 Champions1st4400111
Flag of French Polynesia.svg 2000 Runners-up2nd430173
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2002 Champions 1st5500232
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2004 Third place3rd5302175
2008 Champions1st6501145
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg 2012 Third place3rd531187
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 2016 Champions1st541*0101
Total5 titles10/1044333811039
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

See also

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads

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