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New Zealand national football team

New Zealand national football team
National Football Team
NameNew Zealand
NicknameAll Whites
AssociationNew Zealand Football (NZF)
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachNZ Ricki Herbert
CaptainRyan Nelsen
Most capsIvan Vicelich (73) 1
Top scorerVaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadiumNorth Harbour Stadium (Auckland)
Westpac Stadium (Wellington)
FIFA codeNZL
FIFA ranking89
Highest FIFA ranking47 (August 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking156 (September 2007)
Elo ranking62
Highest Elo ranking39 (June 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking95 (September 1997,
February 1998)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalNew Zealand New Zealand 3 - 1 Australia Australia
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest winNew Zealand New Zealand 13 - 0 Fiji Fiji
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeatNew Zealand New Zealand 0 - 10 Australia Australia
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
Appearances2
First World Cup1982
Best resultRound 1, 1982 and 2010
Regional cup statistics
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances8
First apps.1973
Best resultChampions, 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances3
First apps.1999
Best resultRound 1, 1999, 2003 and 2009

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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 governed by New Zealand Football (NZF). 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. Its nickname is also a play on the New Zealand national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks. The silver fern, a symbol of New Zealand, appears on the All Whites uniform.

The All Whites played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The 2010 New Zealand team is one of only eight in the history of the World Cup to have remained unbeaten through a World Cup Finals competition without winning the trophy.

Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most top New Zealand footballers play abroad for clubs in Europe, in 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 plays in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), leaving New Zealand as the only seeded team in the OFC. New Zealand has won the OFC Nations Cup four times in 1973, 1998, 2002 and 2008.


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