Since a young age, Christchurch’s Meikayla Moore has shown great promise both as a footballer and a future leader.

Called up as a 16-year-old in 2012, Moore simultaneously played the U-20 and U-17 OFC Women’s Championships in Auckland, New Zealand before earning a call-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan later that same year.

Since her debut for the Football Ferns as a substitute against China in September 2013, ‘Mouse’, as she’s known to friends, has accumulated 41 caps and climbing.

After years of development in Christchurch the defender moved to Germany in 2017 joining FC Köln, and later MSV Duisburg in the Frauen Budesliga where she picked up 38 appearances.

An injury blow ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup left her on the sidelines but 15 months later was signing a contract with Liverpool FC in the English Championship.

Moore has just finished her second Olympic Games with the Football Ferns in Japan this year.

“It’s not easy to compete on the world stage even from New Zealand, it’s a tough ask.

“To be able to hear they are putting plans in place to help not only us but more so the other nations that are a part of OFC is massive, I’m excited.”

Fast facts 

OFC Women’s Ambassador (New Zealand)

Name: Meikayla Moore

Born: 4.6.1996

Place of birth: New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Position: Defender

Current club: MSV Duisburg