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.
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.
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.
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. 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. However, Latham's speculation did not prove true, as only one MLS player made the New Zealand squad for the World Cup.
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. 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. 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.
The supporters of the New Zealand national team are known as the 'White Noise', a play on the All Whites nickname.
New Zealand's long time rivals are Trans-Tasman neighbors Australia. 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. The rivalry extends to club football, with New Zealand's only fully professional team, the Wellington Phoenix, playing in the Australian A-League.
|Head Coach||Anthony Hudson|
|Assistant Coach||Alex Armstrong|
|Assistant Coach||Darren Bazeley|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Paul Gothard|
|Sports Scientist||Aidan Wivell|
|Technical Director||Rob Sherman|
|Performance Analyst||Jase Kim|
|Massage Therapist||Mark Palmer|
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see New Zealand national team players.
The following players have also been called up to represent New Zealand in the last 12 months:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Nik Tzanev||23 December 1996||0||0||Brentford||v. Oman, 12 November 2015|
|DF||Liam Higgins||27 September 1993||1||0||Richmond SC||v. Myanmar, 7 September 2015|
|DF||Harshae Raniga||1 October 1994||1||0||Onehunga Sports||v. Myanmar, 7 September 2015|
|DF||Winston Reid||3 July 1988||19||1||West Ham United||v. Myanmar, 7 September 2015|
|MF||Clayton Lewis||12 February 1997||3||0||Onehunga Sports||2016 OFC Nations Cup, 28 May 2016|
|MF||Henry Cameron||28 June 1997||1||0||Blackpool||v. Oman, 12 November 2015|
|MF||Alex Rufer||12 June 1996||2||0||Wellington Phoenix||v. Oman, 12 November 2015|
|MF||Ryan Thomas||20 December 1994||5||0||Zwolle||v. Oman, 12 November 2015|
|MF||Tim Payne||10 January 1994||14||2||Unattached||v. Myanmar, 7 September 2015|
|FW||Shane Smeltz||29 September 1981||51||24||Sydney FC||2016 OFC Nations Cup, 28 May 2016 INJ|
Results and fixtures
|7 September 2015 Friendly||Myanmar||1–1||New Zealand||Yangon, Myanmar|
|Zaw 66'||Smeltz 43' (pen.)||Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
|12 November 2015 Friendly||Oman||0–1||New Zealand||Al-Seeb, Oman|
|Wood 5'||Stadium: Al-Seeb Stadium|
|28 May 2016 OFC Nations Cup Group B||New Zealand||3–1||Fiji||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+10||Tzimopoulos 16'|
Wood 61' (pen.)
|Krishna 45+2' (pen.)||Stadium: Sir John Guise Stadium|
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
|31 May 2016 OFC Nations Cup Group B||Vanuatu||0–5||New Zealand||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+10||Wood 5' 6'|
|Stadium: Sir John Guise Stadium|
Referee: Amos Anio (Papua New Guinea)
|4 June 2016 OFC Nations Cup Group B||New Zealand||1–0||Solomon Islands||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|19:00 UTC+10||Adams 80'||Stadium: Sir John Guise Stadium|
|8 June 2016 2016 OFC Nations Cup Semi-final||New Zealand||1–0||New Caledonia||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+10||Wood 49'||Stadium: Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby|
Referee: Kader Zitouni (Tahiti)
|11 June 2016 2016 OFC Nations Cup Final||New Zealand||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Papua New Guinea||Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+10||Stadium: Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby|
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Most capped players
Players in bold still active at international level.
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|
|1930||Did not participate||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1970||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||6|
|1986||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||13||7|
|2014||Did not qualify||11||8||1||2||24||13|
|2018||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||No OFC representative invited|
|1997||Did not qualify|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|2005||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
OFC Nations Cup
|OFC Nations Cup record|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup