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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Position Name
Head Coach England Anthony Hudson
Assistant Coach England Alex Armstrong
Assistant Coach England Darren Bazeley
Goalkeeping Coach England Paul Gothard
Sports Scientist England Aidan Wivell
Technical Director Wales Rob Sherman
Manager South Africa Rob Pickstock
Performance Analyst South Korea Jase Kim
Doctor Scotland Mark Fulcher
Physiotherapist New Zealand Roland Jeffery
Massage Therapist New 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 # 0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Stefan Marinovic ( 1991-10-07 ) 7 October 1991 8 0 Germany Unterhaching
1 GK Tamati Williams ( 1984-01-19 ) 19 January 1984 1 0 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
1 GK Max Crocombe ( 1993-08-12 ) 12 August 1993 0 0 England Oxford United

2 DF Michael Boxall ( 1988-08-18 ) 18 August 1988 17 0 South Africa SuperSport United
2 DF Louis Fenton ( 1993-04-03 ) 3 April 1993 6 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
2 DF Sam Brotherton ( 1996-10-02 ) 2 October 1996 6 0 United States Wisconsin Badgers
2 DF Luke Adams ( 1994-05-08 ) 8 May 1994 5 1 Australia South Melbourne
2 DF Kip Colvey ( 1994-03-15 ) 15 March 1994 4 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
2 DF Tom Doyle ( 1992-06-30 ) 30 June 1992 3 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

3 MF Michael McGlinchey ( 1987-01-07 ) 7 January 1987 38 4 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
3 MF Marco Rojas ( 1991-11-05 ) 5 November 1991 25 1 Switzerland Thun
3 MF Bill Tuiloma ( 1995-03-23 ) 23 March 1995 13 0 France Strasbourg
3 MF Themistoklis Tzimopoulos ( 1985-11-20 ) 20 November 1985 6 1 Greece PAS Giannina
3 MF Moses Dyer ( 1997-03-21 ) 21 March 1997 4 0 New Zealand Onehunga Sports
3 MF Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi ( 1995-03-27 ) 27 March 1995 3 0 New Zealand Onehunga Sports
3 MF Luka Prelevic ( 1995-09-07 ) 7 September 1995 (aged 20) 3 0 Australia Pascoe Vale FC
3 MF Matthew Ridenton ( 1996-03-11 ) 11 March 1996 2 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

4 FW Jeremy Brockie ( 1987-10-07 ) 7 October 1987 49 1 South Africa SuperSport United
4 FW Chris Wood ( Captain) ( 1991-12-07 ) 7 December 1991 42 18 England Leeds United
4 FW Kosta Barbarouses ( 1990-02-19 ) 19 February 1990 33 3 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
4 FW Rory Fallon ( 1982-03-20 ) 20 March 1982 22 6 England Truro City
4 FW Monty Patterson ( 1996-12-09 ) 9 December 1996 5 0 England Ipswich Town
4 FW Logan Rogerson ( 1998-05-28 ) 28 May 1998 3 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix

Recent call-ups

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 ( 1996-12-23 ) 23 December 1996 0 0 England Brentford v. Oman , 12 November 2015

DF Liam Higgins ( 1993-09-27 ) 27 September 1993 1 0 Australia Richmond SC v. Myanmar , 7 September 2015
DF Harshae Raniga ( 1994-10-01 ) 1 October 1994 1 0 New Zealand Onehunga Sports v. Myanmar , 7 September 2015
DF Winston Reid ( 1988-07-03 ) 3 July 1988 19 1 England West Ham United v. Myanmar , 7 September 2015

MF Clayton Lewis ( 1997-02-12 ) 12 February 1997 3 0 New Zealand Onehunga Sports 2016 OFC Nations Cup, 28 May 2016
MF Henry Cameron ( 1997-06-28 ) 28 June 1997 1 0 England Blackpool v. Oman , 12 November 2015
MF Alex Rufer ( 1996-06-12 ) 12 June 1996 2 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix v. Oman , 12 November 2015
MF Ryan Thomas ( 1994-12-20 ) 20 December 1994 5 0 Netherlands Zwolle v. Oman , 12 November 2015
MF Tim Payne ( 1994-01-10 ) 10 January 1994 14 2 Unattached v. Myanmar , 7 September 2015

FW Shane Smeltz ( 1981-09-29 ) 29 September 1981 51 24 Australia Sydney FC 2016 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

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Ivan Vicelich 1995–2013 88 6
2 Simon Elliott 1995–2011 69 6
3 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 64 28
4 Ricki Herbert 1980–1989 61 7
5 Chris Jackson 1992–2003 60 10
6 Brian Turner 1967–1982 59 21
7 Duncan Cole 1978–1988 58 4
8 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 58 22
9 Chris Zoricich 1988–2003 57 1
10 Ceri Evans 1980–1993 56 2

Top goalscorers

Players in bold still active at international level.

# Player Period Goals Caps
1 Vaughan Coveny 1992–2006 28 64
2 Shane Smeltz 2003– 24 51
3 Steve Sumner 1976–1988 22 58
4 Brian Turner 1967–1982 21 59
5 Chris Wood 2009– 18 42
6 Jock Newall 1951–1952 17 10
7= Keith Nelson 1977–1983 16 20
7= Chris Killen 2000–2013 16 48

Competitive record

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

Pld W D L GF GA GD
364 151 65 148 653 570 +83

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA 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 0 0 2 0 6
West Germany 1974 6 0 3 3 5 12
Argentina 1978 4 2 1 1 14 4
Spain 1982 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 12 15 9 5 1 44 10
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 13 7
Italy 1990 6 3 1 2 13 8
United States 1994 6 3 1 2 15 5
France 1998 6 3 0 3 13 6
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 0 2 20 7
Germany 2006 5 3 0 2 17 5
South Africa 2010 Group stage 22nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 8 6 1 1 15 5
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 11 8 1 2 24 13
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Group stage 2/22 6 0 3 3 4 14 81 44 14 23 193 88

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 Qualified
2021 To be determined
Total Group stage 4/10 9 0 1 8 2 24

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
Papua New Guinea 2016 Champions 1st 5 4 1* 0 10 1
Total 5 titles 10/10 44 33 3 8 110 39
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

General

List of New Zealand international footballers

Squads