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, being one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

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 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.

Recent success

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] 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.[3] 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 inevitably finished above Italy, who placed last, in the group. New Zealand drew all three games and finished third in their group.

OFC Nations Cup 2016 Success

All Whites midfielder Marco Rojas finished the job for New Zealand in a dramatic penalty shootout in Port Moresby as they claimed their fifth OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand and Papua New Guinea could not be separated after 90 minutes in the final, and after another 30 minutes of extra time, before the All Whites prevailed 4-2 in a nail-biting penalty shootout in front of a near capacity crowd at Sir John Guise Stadium. All Whites skipper Rory Fallon got the tournament favourites on the board before Stefan Marinovic saved the first shot from the locals from Koriak Upaiga. Michael McGlinchey and Moses Dyer continued New Zealand’s momentum when they converted from the spot and they were matched by Papua New Guinea playmakers Tommy Semmy and Michael Foster. All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie missed the chance to all but put the contest to bed when he blazed wide of the target as the fourth penalty taker for New Zealand. But Marinovic again rallied and turned the match back in New Zealand’s favour when he saved a shot from Raymond Gunemba.

Rojas, one of the standout players from New Zealand throughout the match after he came off the bench in the 52nd minute, coolly finished off with a fine penalty to silence the local crowd and send the All Whites team and support staff into raptures. The four-time champions were good enough under pressure to secure the coveted silverware and book their place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

All Whites under Anthony Hudson

In August 2014, Hudson was appointed manager of the New Zealand national football team. After resigning from his position with Bahrain, Hudson has relocated to New Zealand for the fulltime role which also includes responsibilities in overseeing the programme of the country's age-group representative sides. Both New Zealand national under-20 football team and New Zealand national under-17 football team made history by making into knockout stages of their respective World Cups in the same cycle for the first time.

Although Hudson's first game in charge of the national team was a 3-1 defeat away to Uzbekistan in September 2014, the All Whites have been unbeaten since March 2015, conceding only two goals in this period, which includes defeating Oman, who were ranked 67 places higher at 92nd place in the FIFA World Rankings, in a 1-0 victory.

Hudson also took the coaching reigns of the New Zealand U-23 who won all three of their pool games and their semi final without conceding a goal in their Oceania Olympic Qualifiers at the Pacific Games in July 2015, but were disqualified (and had their semi final win overturned) for fielding an ineligible player due to an administrative error from the national body.[39][40] This incident lead to Hudson losing players for selection for his preparation for his matches against Myanmar and Oman as the national body continued their detailed review of the internal processes and eligibility information for all players.

In 2016, Hudson's squad assembled for the first time of the year in May for a two-week training camp in Australia ahead of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup hosted in Papua New Guinea. The All Whites went on to win the 2016 OFC Nations Cup, winning all 5 matches and conceding only 1 goal, from a penalty, in the process. New Zealand’s victory sees 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 sees them qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Hudson has become the youngest coach to earn the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching award in the game, in 2012 after help along the way from Fabio Capello, Brendan Rodgers, Malky Mackay and Harry Redknapp.

Supporters

The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.[4]

Rivalries

New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia.[5] 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.[6] 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

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PositionName
Head CoachEngland Anthony Hudson
Assistant CoachEngland Alex Armstrong
Assistant CoachEngland Darren Bazeley
Goalkeeping CoachEngland Paul Gothard
Sports ScientistEngland Aidan Wivell
Technical DirectorWales Rob Sherman
ManagerSouth Africa Rob Pickstock
Performance AnalystSouth Korea Jase Kim
DoctorScotland Mark Fulcher
PhysiotherapistNew Zealand Roland Jeffery
Massage TherapistNew Zealand 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 the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.[8]
Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2016 after the game against Papua New Guinea.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKStefan Marinovic(1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 80Germany Unterhaching
1GKTamati Williams(1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 10Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
1GKMax Crocombe(1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 00England Oxford United

2DFMichael Boxall(1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 170South Africa SuperSport United
2DFLouis Fenton(1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 60New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
2DFSam Brotherton(1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 60United States Wisconsin Badgers
2DFLuke Adams(1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 51Australia South Melbourne
2DFKip Colvey(1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 40United States San Jose Earthquakes
2DFTom Doyle(1992-06-30) 30 June 1992 30New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

3MFMichael McGlinchey(1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 384New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
3MFMarco Rojas(1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 251Switzerland Thun
3MFBill Tuiloma(1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 130France Strasbourg
3MFThemistoklis Tzimopoulos(1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 61Greece PAS Giannina
3MFMoses Dyer(1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 40New Zealand Onehunga Sports
3MFTe Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi(1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 30New Zealand Onehunga Sports
3MFLuka Prelevic(1995-09-07)7 September 1995 (aged 20)30Australia Pascoe Vale FC
3MFMatthew Ridenton(1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 20New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

4FWJeremy Brockie(1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 491South Africa SuperSport United
4FWChris Wood (Captain)(1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 4218England Leeds United
4FWKosta Barbarouses(1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 333New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
4FWRory Fallon(1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 226England Truro City
4FWMonty Patterson(1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 50England Ipswich Town
4FWLogan Rogerson(1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 30New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 12 months:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKNik Tzanev(1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 00England Brentfordv.  Oman, 12 November 2015

DFLiam Higgins(1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 10Australia Richmond SCv.  Myanmar, 7 September 2015
DFHarshae Raniga(1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 10New Zealand Onehunga Sportsv.  Myanmar, 7 September 2015
DFWinston Reid(1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 191England West Ham Unitedv.  Myanmar, 7 September 2015

MFClayton Lewis(1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 30New Zealand Onehunga Sports2016 OFC Nations Cup, 28 May 2016
MFHenry Cameron(1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 10England Blackpoolv.  Oman, 12 November 2015
MFAlex Rufer(1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 20New Zealand Wellington Phoenixv.  Oman, 12 November 2015
MFRyan Thomas(1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 50Netherlands Zwollev.  Oman, 12 November 2015
MFTim Payne(1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 142Unattachedv.  Myanmar, 7 September 2015

FWShane Smeltz(1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 5124Australia Sydney FC2016 OFC Nations Cup, 28 May 2016 INJ

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.

2015

2016

2017

Records

Most capped players

#PlayerPeriodCapsGoals
1Ivan Vicelich1995–2013886
2Simon Elliott1995–2011696
3Vaughan Coveny1992–20066428
4Ricki Herbert1980–1989617
5Chris Jackson1992–20036010
6Brian Turner1967–19825921
7Duncan Cole1978–1988584
8Steve Sumner1976–19885822
9Chris Zoricich1988–2003571
10Ceri Evans1980–1993562

Top goalscorers

Players in bold still active at international level.

#PlayerPeriodGoalsCaps
1Vaughan Coveny1992–20062864
2Shane Smeltz2003–2451
3Steve Sumner1976–19882258
4Brian Turner1967–19822159
5Chris Wood2009–1842
6Jock Newall1951–19521710
7=Keith Nelson1977–19831620
7=Chris Killen2000–20131648

Competitive record

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

PldWDLGFGAGD
36415165148653570+83

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup
qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Uruguay 1930Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970Did not qualify200206
West Germany 19746033512
Argentina 19784211144
Spain 1982Group stage23rd3003212159514410
Mexico 1986Did not qualify6312137
Italy 19906312138
United States 19946312155
France 19986303136
South Korea Japan 20026402207
Germany 20065302175
South Africa 2010Group stage22nd3030228611155
Brazil 2014Did not qualify118122413
Russia 2018To be determined
Qatar 2022
TotalGroup stage2/2260334148144142319388

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Saudi Arabia 1992No OFC representative invited
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997Did not qualify
Mexico 1999Group stage8th300316
South Korea Japan 2001Did not qualify
France 2003Group stage8th3003111
Germany 2005Did not qualify
South Africa 2009Group stage8th301207
Brazil 2013Did not qualify
Russia 2017Qualified
2021To be determined
TotalGroup stage4/109018224

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
New Zealand 1973Champions1st5410134
New Caledonia 1980Group stage5th310278
1996Third place3rd201103
Australia 1998Champions1st4400111
French Polynesia 2000Runners-up2nd430173
New Zealand 2002Champions1st5500232
Australia 2004Third place3rd5302175
2008Champions1st6501145
Solomon Islands 2012Third place3rd531187
Papua New Guinea 2016Champions1st541*0101
Total5 titles10/1044333811039
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads