New Zealand Football (NZF) are looking ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with the All Whites hoping to make up for missing out on a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Their last appearance The All Whites have made two appearances at FIFA’s pinnacle event first was in 1982 when young striker Wynton Rufer showed his worth and went on to become one of the best players in European club football, followed by the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
NZF was founded in 1891 and became affiliated to FIFA in 1948. Along with Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, New Zealand was one of the founding members of OFC when the confederation was formally approved in 1966. Since Australia’s exit to Asia in 2006, New Zealand has enjoyed numerous appearances at FIFA events including youth, men’s and women’s tournaments. The Young All Whites made history at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 by becoming the first Kiwi side to qualify for the knock-out stages of a FIFA event, they became the first U-20 side to make it to the knock-out stages in 2015 on home soil at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The All Whites also went close to doing so at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, recording a remarkable 1-1 draw with Italy and emerging at the only side to go through the tournament unbeaten.
New Zealand has also benefited from the FIFA Goal Programme with artificial pitches completed in 2007 at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium - next to the NZF headquarters at Lion Foundation House - and in 2011 at Christchurch's ASB Football Park with a similar development completed in New Zealand's capital of Wellington.
Deryk Shaw was appointed President of NZF in June 2015, with Garth Galloway elected honourary President during the same congress. In December 2013 NZF appointed Andy Martin to the role of CEO, taking over from acting CEO Mark Aspden. The former CEO of London Irish Rugby Club, Martin took up the post in February 2014. Anthony Hudson is the current All Whites coach, taking over from predecessor Ricki Herbert in September 2014.