New Zealand Football (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 age-group, men’s and women’s tournaments.
Dr Johanna Wood was appointed as President of NZF in April 2019 – becoming the first female to be elected to the position – and is also an OFC Member of the FIFA Council. Wood is the first New Zealander to be elected to the FIFA Council since Charlie Dempsey, who served from 1996 to 2000.
Garth Galloway was elected as Honorary President of NZF in June 2015 while Andrew Pragnell was appointed as CEO in May 2019.
Danny Hay, a former captain of the national team, is currently coach of the All Whites while the Football Ferns are coached by Tom Sermanni.
New Zealand has qualified for the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, in 1982 and 2010, and has appeared at the FIFA Women’s World Cup five times, in 1991, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. The country is yet to win a match at either pinnacle event but the All Whites did make history by going through the 2010 campaign in South Africa unbeaten with three draws in the group stages, including a remarkable 1-1 result against defending champions Italy.
At age-group level, New Zealand’s best performance is a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup while the U-17 men, U-20 women and U-20 men have all also progressed past the group stages of a World Cup on at least one occasion.
Away from the international stage, New Zealand has benefited from FIFA funding with artificial turf projects completed at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium, Christchurch’s English Park, Wellington’s Memorial Park and, most recently, Logan Park in Dunedin.
NZF’s goal is for football to be the most inclusive sport in New Zealand and for its members to have enjoyable experiences that will foster a lifelong love of the beautiful game.