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All Whites

For other uses, see New Zealand national football team (disambiguation).
New Zealand
Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football (NZF)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Ricki Herbert
Captain Winston Reid
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (87)
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium North Harbour Stadium (Auckland)
Westpac Stadium (Wellington)
FIFA code NZL
FIFA ranking 79 Decrease 12
Highest FIFA ranking 47 (August 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking 156 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 56
Highest Elo ranking 39 (June 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking 95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
13–0 Fiji 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
0–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1982)
Best result Group Stage; 1982 and 2010
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1973)
Best result Champions; 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Group Stage; 1999, 2003 and 2009

The New Zealand national football team represents New Zealand in international 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.

New Zealand is a four-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 and 2009.

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.

History

Early years

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.[1]

Recent success

Despite its large player numbers, football in New Zealand struggles to compete with other sports such as rugby union, cricket and rugby league, financially and for media exposure. The performance of the national team is further hindered by a relatively young semi-professional domestic league, the New Zealand Football Championship having been established in 2004. New Zealand has one professional team, Wellington Phoenix FC, which competes in the Australian A-League.

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.[2] 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.[2][3] 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.[4] The tournament also featured one of New Zealand's most notable results, a 1-1 draw with the then world champions Italy.

Team image

Media coverage

Colours

As of 2010, the national team's home kit is a white jersey with white shorts and white socks. The away kit is a black jersey with black shorts and black socks. Nike are the current kit provider for the national team.

The team plays in an all-white strip rather than the traditional New Zealand sporting black due to a former FIFA regulation that reserved black for the international referee strip. The silver fern, a symbol of New Zealand, appears on the national team's kit.

Nickname

New Zealand's nickname, All Whites, was coined during the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.[5] It is commonly used by both the New Zealand people and the governing body New Zealand Football. The nickname is also a play on the New Zealand national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks.

Supporters

The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.[6]

Rivalries

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia.[7] 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.[8]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach New Zealand Ricki Herbert
Assistant coach New Zealand Brian Turner
Goalkeeping coach New Zealand Clint Gosling
Technical advisor Argentina Raul Blanco
Manager New Zealand Phil Warbrick
Doctor New Zealand Mark Fulcher
Physiotherapist New Zealand Roland Jeffery
Massage therapist New Zealand Wade Irvine
Sports scientist Scotland Kenny McMillan
Media officer New Zealand Jamie Scott

Players

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

Current squad

The following 22 players were called up for an international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on 15 October 2013. Caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Glen Moss (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 31) 24 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
1GK Tamati Williams (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30) 0 0 New Zealand Auckland City

2DF Ivan Vicelich (1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 37) 87 6 New Zealand Auckland City
2DF Tony Lochhead (1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 32) 46 1 New Zealand WaiBOP United
2DF Tommy Smith (1990-03-31) 31 March 1990 (age 24) 25 2 England Ipswich Town
2DF Winston Reid (Captain) (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 17 1 England West Ham United
2DF Aaron Scott (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 28) 5 0 New Zealand WaiBOP United
2DF Andrew Durante (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 32) 4 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
2DF Bill Tuiloma (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Marseille

3MF Leo Bertos (1981-12-20) 20 December 1981 (age 32) 54 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
3MF Jeremy Christie (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 31) 26 1 New Zealand Waitakere United
3MF Kosta Barbarouses (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 24) 25 2 Australia Melbourne Victory
3MF Michael McGlinchey (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 27) 23 3 Australia Central Coast Mariners
3MF Aaron Clapham (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 27) 13 0 New Zealand Canterbury United
3MF Cameron Howieson (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 19) 6 0 England Burnley
3MF Dan Keat (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 26) 4 0 Sweden Falkenbergs
3MF Jake Butler (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 29) 2 0 New Zealand Waitakere United
3MF Cole Peverley (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 1 0 New Zealand Team Wellington
3MF Craig Henderson (1987-06-24) 24 June 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Sweden Mjällby

4FW Jeremy Brockie (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 26) 40 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
4FW Rory Fallon (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 32) 15 3 Scotland St. Johnstone
4FW Kris Bright (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 27) 6 1 Finland Mariehamn

Recent callups

The following players have also represented New Zealand in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jacob Spoonley (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 27) 2 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
GK Scott Basalaj (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)

DF Ian Hogg (1989-12-15) 15 December 1989 (age 24) 6 1 New Zealand Waitakere United v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
DF Tim Myers (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 23) 3 0 New Zealand Waitakere United v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
DF Luke Rowe (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 22) 1 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
DF Louis Fenton (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
DF James Musa (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 22) 0 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
DF Ben Sigmund (1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 33) 31 2 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 2013 OSN Cup

MF Cameron Lindsay (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 21) 1 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
MF Chris James (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 27) 18 1 Finland KuPS 2013 OSN Cup
MF Tim Payne (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 20) 10 2 England Blackburn Rovers 2013 OSN Cup
MF Marco Rojas (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 22) 14 1 Germany Stuttgart v.  New Caledonia, 22 March 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)

FW Tyler Boyd (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 19) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v.  Jordan, 4 June 2013 (Friendly)
FW Chris Killen (1981-10-08) 8 October 1981 (age 32) 48 16 China Chongqing 2013 OSN Cup
FW Chris Wood (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 22) 33 10 England Leicester City 2013 OSN Cup
FW Shane Smeltz (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 32) 49 23 Australia Perth Glory v.  New Caledonia, 22 March 2013 (2014 FIFA WCQ)

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's 1922–69 results page and 1970–present results page.

2012

2013

Records

Highest capped

# Name Career Caps Goals First Cap Recent Cap
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995– 87 6 vs.  Uruguay
25 June 1995
vs.  United Arab Emirates
09 September 2013
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011 69 6 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  Mexico
1 June 2011
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 64 28 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989 61 7 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
9 April 1989
5 Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 10 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
6 Brian Turner 1967–1982 59 21 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
7 Duncan Cole 1978–1988 58 4 vs.  Singapore
1 October 1978
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 vs.  Burma
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
9 Chris Zoricich 1988–2003 57 1 vs.  Israel
23 March 1988
vs.  France
22 June 2003
10 Ceri Evans 1980–1993 56 2 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
6 June 1993
11 Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 12 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
Leo Bertos 2003– 54 0 vs.  Iran
13 October 2003
vs.  Trinidad and Tobago
15 October 2013
13 Adrian Elrick 1975–1984 53 1 vs.  China PR
26 July 1975
vs.  Bahrain
24 April 1984

Highest goal-scorer

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Goals Caps First Cap Most Recent Cap
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 28 64 vs.  Fiji
7 June 1992
vs.  Brazil
4 June 2006
2 Shane Smeltz 2003– 23 49 vs.  United States
9 June 2003
vs.  New Caledonia
21 March 2013
3 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 58 vs.  Burma
13 September 1976
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
4 Brian Turner 1967–1982 21 59 vs.  Australia
5 November 1967
vs.  Brazil
23 June 1982
5 Jock Newall 1951–1952 17 10 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  New Caledonia
28 September 1952
6 Keith Nelson 1977–1983 16 20 vs.  New Caledonia
5 March 1977
vs.  Ghana
7 June 1983
Chris Killen 2000– 16 48 vs.  Tahiti
19 June 2000
vs.  Saudi Arabia
5 September 2013
8 Grant Turner 1980–1988 15 42 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Israel
27 March 1988
9 Darren McClennan 1986–1997 12 43 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Papua New Guinea
11 June 1997
Michael McGarry 1986–1997 54 vs.  Fiji
17 September 1986
vs.  Australia
6 July 1997
Wynton Rufer 1980–1997 23 vs.  Kuwait
16 October 1980
vs.  Australia
28 June 1997
12 Steve Wooddin 1980–1984 11 24 vs.  Mexico
20 August 1980
vs.  Fiji
20 October 1984
13 Roy Coxon 1951–1952 10 8 vs.  New Caledonia
19 September 1951
vs.  Tahiti
28 September 1952
Chris Jackson 1995–2003 60 vs.  Singapore
21 February 1995
vs.  France
22 June 2003
Dave Taylor 1967–1981 47 vs.  South Vietnam
10 November 1967
vs.  Japan
12 September 1981
Colin Walker 1984–1988 15 vs.  Fiji
18 October 1984
vs.  Saudi Arabia
23 June 1988
Chris Wood 2009– 31 vs.  Tanzania
3 June 2009
vs.  Saudi Arabia
5 September 2013

Notable players

Players who have achieved one or more of the following: Fifty or more A-international caps for New Zealand, induction into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, receipt of an international award for football, represented more than one country at international level.

As of New Zealand v Solomon Islands, 26 March 2013

Pld W D L GF GA GD
348 147 60 141 634 545 +89

Competitive record

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
Qualification record
Manager (s)
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 Broćić
West Germany 1974 4 6 0 3 3 5 12 Truman
Argentina 1978 2 4 2 1 1 14 4 Hughes
Spain 1982 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad Play-off 15 9 5 1 44 10 Adshead
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 3 6 3 1 2 13 7 Fallon
Italy 1990 3 6 3 1 2 13 8 Fallon, Adshead
United States 1994 Play-off 6 3 1 2 15 5 Marshall
France 1998 Play-off 6 3 0 3 13 6 McGrath
South Korea Japan 2002 Play-off 6 4 0 2 20 7 Dugdale
Germany 2006 3 5 3 0 2 17 5 Waitt
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 Squad Play-off 8 6 1 1 15 5 Herbert
Brazil 2014 To Be Determined Play-off 9 8 1 0 21 4 Herbert
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total 2/19 No Titles 6 0 3 3 4 14 - 79 44 14 21 190 79 -

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 No OFC representative invited
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 6
South Korea Japan 2001 Did not qualify
France 2003 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Germany 2005 Did not qualify
South Africa 2009 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 7
Brazil 2013 Did not qualify
Russia 2017 To be determined
Qatar 2021
Total 3/8 0 Titles 9 0 1 8 2 24

OFC Nations Cup

Main article: New Zealand at the OFC Nations Cup
OFC Nations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 4
New Caledonia 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 0 3
Australia 1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1
French Polynesia 2000 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 3
New Zealand 2002 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 23 2
Australia 2004 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 14 5
Solomon Islands 2012 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 7
Total 9/9 4 Titles 39 28 3 8 100 38

See also

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads

References

External links

  • New Zealand Football

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