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The New Zealand national football team, nicknamed the All Whites, is the national association football team of New Zealand and is controlled by New Zealand Football.

It played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and on 14 November 2009 qualified for the 2010 finals. Because of the lack of a high-quality domestic league, most talented New Zealand footballers play their trade in the higher-class leagues of Europe or the United States, or in the Australian A-League.

New Zealand formerly battled Australia for top honours in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). This is no longer the case as Australia now play in the Asian Football Confederation, leaving New Zealand as the only seeded team left in OFC. New Zealand have won the OFC Nations Cup four times, in 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008. The white strip was originally based on the colour of England's strip and name is in contrast with the rugby union team, the All Blacks.


Despite its large player numbers, New Zealand football struggles to compete with other sports such as rugby union, rugby league and cricket, 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, who compete in the Australian A-League.

The best known current players are Blackburn Roversmarker defender Ryan Nelsen, former Roda JC defender Ivan Vicelich, Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz, Celtic striker Chris Killen and Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon. Several young players have shown promise in breaking through into the senior side, including Tampere United midfielder Chris James, North Queensland Fury midfielder Jeremy Brockie, and West Bromwich Albion striker Chris Wood.

Major tournament participation

Confederation Cup

New Zealand has competed in three Confederations Cups, in Mexico 1999, France 2003 and South Africa 2009. In each of these tournaments, the All Whites failed to progress past the first round. At the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand gained their first point at a FIFA tournament with a draw against Iraq. New Zealand has scored a total of two goals in the tournaments and has gained one point.


New Zealand made their first apperance in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico, in 1999. New Zealand qualified for the competition by defeating Australia 1-0 in the 1998 OFC Nations Cup.New Zealand were drawn into Group B with World Cup winners Brazil, USA, and Germany. New Zealand failed to win a match and their only goal was against USA through Chris Zoricich in the 93rd minute.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0


New Zealand made their second appearance in the Confederations Cup in France, in 2003. New Zealand qualified after defeating Australia in the 2002 OFC Nations Cup final through a 78th minute goal from captain Ryan Nelsen. New Zealand was drawn into Group A with hosts France, Colombia, and Japan. New Zealand lost their first match against Japan 3-0. New Zealand scored their only goal of the competition in a loss against Colombia when Raf de Gregorio got the ball past Oscar Cordoba. New Zealand then suffered their largest loss of the competition against France 5-0.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
3 0 0 3 1 11 -10 0


New Zealand made their third appearance in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, in 2009. New Zealand qualified through winning the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz played a large part in New Zealand winning the OFC Nations Cup by scoring eight goals, winning the competition's Golden Boot award. Smeltz scored in five of New Zealand's six matches. New Zealand were drawn in Group A in South Africa along with UEFA Euro 2008 champions and world number one Spain, hosts South Africa, and 2007 AFC Asian Cup winners Iraq. New Zealand played three friendly matches leading up to the competition which included a 4-3 loss to Italy where they led the match on three occasions through goals from Shane Smeltz and Chris Killen. New Zealand's first match against Spain didn't start well as Liverpool FC striker Fernando Torres scored a hatrick within the first 20 minutes. Torres went on to win the Man of the Match award. Goals from Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Valencia FC striker David Villa completed Spains 5-0 win over New Zealand. New Zealand lost their second match against South Africa 2-0 with man of the match Bernard Parker scoring a double. New Zealand drew their final match against Iraq 0-0, which gained New Zealand their first ever point in a major FIFA competition.

3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1

World Cup


New Zealand has competed in one FIFA World Cup, in Spain, in 1982. They qualified for this tournament through a long process, winning the Oceania Qualification group then playing in a five-team round-robin tournament against teams from Asia. This tournament resulted in China and New Zealand being tied for a qualification place. A sudden-death play-off in Singapore led to New Zealand qualifying for the tournament.

In Spain, New Zealand played three matches, against Brazil, the Soviet Union, and Scotland. New Zealand lost all three games, with scores of 0–4, 0–3, and 2–5 respectively.


New Zealand has qualified for its second World Cup, to be held in South Africa, in 2010.

New Zealands first challenge in their qualifing campaign was the OFC Nations Cup. New Zealands won five out of the six games in the OFC Nations Cup and there only loss was agaisnt Fiji where Roy Krishna scored a double

After winning the Oceania Qualification group, they needed to defeat the 5th-placed AFC nation, Bahrain. Bahrain had earlier defeated Saudi Arabia on the away goals rule after drawing 2-2 in Riyadh to earn a place in this play-off.

New Zealand first went to Manama to play their away fixture agaisnt Bahrain. New Zealand and Bahrain drew the match 0-0. New Zealand defended well throughout the game and left the match pleased with their effort.On 14 November 2009, New Zealand qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after defeating Bahrain 1-0 in the second leg of their tie in front of a New Zealand record crowd in Wellington, thanks to a goal from Rory Fallon in first half stoppage time and a Mark Paston save in the 56th minute.

OFC Nations Cup

New Zealand have competed in every OFC Nations Cup since the tournament was established in 1973, when New Zealand both hosted and won the competition. The All Whites have won the Nations Cup four times, including the most recent tournament (2008 OFC Nations Cup).

Previous Squads

FIFA Confederations Cup squads:

FIFA World Cup squads:


Year Tournament Result Pld Pts W D L GF GA
1982 World Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 2 12
1999 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 6
2003 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 11
2009 Confederations Cup Round 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 7
2010 World Cup


Year Tournament Result Pld W D L GF GA
1973 OFC Nations Cup Winner 5 4 1 0 13 4
1980 OFC Nations Cup Round 1 3 1 0 2 7 8
1996 OFC Nations Cup Third Place (shared) 2 0 1 1 0 3
1998 OFC Nations Cup Winner 4 4 0 0 11 1
2000 OFC Nations Cup Runner Up 4 3 0 1 6 3
2002 OFC Nations Cup Winner 5 5 0 0 23 2
2004 OFC Nations Cup Third Place 5 3 0 2 17 5
2008 OFC Nations Cup Winner 6 5 0 1 14 5

Match competition record

Type Played Win Draw Loss Goals For Goals Against Differential
Internationals Only 309 132 49 124 582 492 +90
All 531 211 84 236 976 999 -23

Recent Matches

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result* Scorers Referee Attendance

Friendly match 28 March 2009 Thailand Amarker 1 – 3 Bright

Friendly match 31 March 2009 Thailand 'A' Amarker 2 – 2 Nelsen

Friendly match 3 June 2009 Tanzania Amarker 1 – 2 Smeltz

Friendly match 6 June 2009 Botswana Amarker 0 – 0

Friendly match 10 June 2009 Italy Amarker 3 – 4 Smeltz , Killen (pen) 10,000

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 17 June 2009 Spain Amarker 0 – 5 Coffi Codjia 21,649

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 17 June 2009 South Africa Amarker 0 – 2 Benito Archundia 36,598

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 20 June 2009 Iraq Amarker 0 – 0 Howard Webb 23,295

Friendly match 9 September 2009 Jordan Amarker 3 – 1 Smeltz , Fallon

2010 World Cup qualification 10 October 2009 Bahrain Amarker 0 – 0 Viktor Kassai 37,000

2010 World Cup qualification 14 November 2009 Bahrain Hmarker 1 – 0 Fallon Jorge Larrionda 35,194

* New Zealand score given first

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bahrain on the 14 November 2009.

As injury cover, the following five players have been named as non-travelling reserves on standby:

Caps and goals accurate up to and including 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bahrain on 10 October 2009, and only include appearances in official matches.

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the All Whites squad in the last 2 years:

Caps and goals accurate as of 11 October 2009, and only include appearances in official matches.

Technical Staff

  • Ricki Herbert: Head Coach
  • Brian Turner: Assistant Coach
  • Clint Gosling: Goalkeeping Coach
  • Raul Blanco: Technical Advisor
  • Phil Warbrick: Team Manager
  • Celeste Geertsema: Team Doctor
  • Roland Jeffery: Physiotherapist
  • Wade Irvine: Massage Therapist
  • Kenny McMillan: Sports Scientist
  • Jamie Scott: Media Officer

Notable players

The following is a list of notable players who have achieved more than 50 A-international caps for New Zealand, been inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame, received an international award or represented more than one country at international level.

Player drain to other countries

Dual nationality representatives

The following player(s) were eligible to play for New Zealand but chose to play for another nation:

Dual nationality age group representatives

The following players have played age group international football and are eligible to play for either New Zealand or another country but have not been capped by either country's senior national team:


Name Period country
Ken Armstrong 1957-1964 *
Ljubiša Broćić 1965-1966
Juan Schwanner 1967-1968 *
Ljubiša Broćić 1969
Barrie Truman 1970-1976
Wally Hughes 1977-1978
John Adshead 1979-1982
Allan Jones 1983-1984
Kevin Fallon 1985-1988
John Adshead 1989
Ian Marshall 1990-1993
Bobby Clark 1994-1995
Keith Pritchett 1996-1997
Joe McGrath 1997-1998
Ken Dugdale 1998-2002
Mick Waitt 2002-2004
Ricki Herbert 2005-


FIFA World Cup

  • Group Stage:
  • Qualified:
    • 2010 (round reached in competition yet to be determined)

FIFA Confederations Cup

OFC Nations Cup

Other Titles


Largest wins

# Score Opponent Competition Date
1 13-0 Fiji 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification 16 August 1981
2 10-0 Tahiti 2004 OFC Nations Cup 4 June 2004
3 9-1 Papua New Guinea 2002 OFC Nations Cup 7 July 2002
4 8-1 Vanuatu 1998 OFC Nations Cup 28 September 2002

The 13-0 win against Fiji was, at the time, a record score for a FIFA World Cup qualification match.


1  A-Internationals only. The record for all international appearances for New Zealand is held by Steve Sumner (105).



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