New Zealand women's national football team

women's national association football team representing New Zealand

The New Zealand women's national football team, which FIFA calls Aotearoa New Zealand and is looked after by New Zealand Football (NZF). The New Zealand national team has played in the FIFA Women's World Cup six times. They first played in the world cup for the first time in 1991. In 2023, New Zealand and Australia together hosted the World Cup. However, they have never gone further than the group stage in any of the tournaments.

New Zealand
Nickname(s)Football Ferns[1]
AssociationNew Zealand Football
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachJitka Klimková
CaptainAli Riley
Most capsRia Percival (163)
Top scorerAmber Hearn (54)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 19 Increase 1 (7 December 2018)[2]
Highest16 (December 2013, July 2015 – March 2016)
Lowest26 (June – August 2023)
First international
 New Zealand 2–0 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; 25 August 1975)
Biggest win
 New Zealand 21–0 Samoa 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 11–0 New Zealand 
(Brisbane, Australia; 24 February 2004)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1991)
Best resultGroup stage (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023)
OFC Women's Nations Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1983)
Best resultChampions (1983, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Summer Olympics
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best result8th (2012)



In 1975, the New Zealand Women's Soccer Association was started. They were asked to join the Asian Women's Championship that year and they won. After that, they played in the Oceanic Championship.

When Australia left the OFC, New Zealand didn't have strong competitors in Oceania. This made it easier for New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup and Olympics. They've been in every edition of both tournaments since 2007.

2023 FIFA Women's World Cup


In 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, New Zealand co-hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup with Australia. They were given the opportunity on 25 June 2020 because they were more likely to win than the other candidate, Colombia. The Football Ferns got to be in the tournament automatically as co-hosts. They won their first match against Norway, but surprisingly lost to newcomers Philippines. Later, they tied with Switzerland in their final match and were knocked out. This was the first time the hosts were knocked out in the group stage. They only managed to score one goal during the tournament.[3]


  1. "Soccer women step out with new name – Football Ferns". 31 January 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2023.
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. "New Zealand makes history by being ousted in group stage, as Group A is settled". Fox Sports. 31 July 2023.