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New Zealand
Nickname(s) All Whites
Association New Zealand Football (NZF)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Fritz Schmid
Captain Winston Reid
Most caps Ivan Vicelich (88)
Top scorer Vaughan Coveny (28)
Home stadium

QBE Stadium

Westpac Stadium
FIFA code NZL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 119 Increase 3 (7 February 2019)
Highest 47 (August 2002)
Lowest 161 (April–May 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 83 Decrease 7 (3 March 2019)
Highest 39 (June 1983)
Lowest 100 (June 1997)
First international
New Zealand New Zealand 3–1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
New Zealand New Zealand 13–0 Fiji 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 16 August 1981)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 0–10 Australia 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 11 July 1936)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1982)
Best result Group stage, 1982 and 2010
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 10 (first in 1973)
Best result Champions, 1973, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2016
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1999)
Best result Group stage, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2017

The New Zealand national football team is the national football team of New Zealand. They are commonly known as the All Whites. In New Zealand, football is often called soccer in spoken English.

FIFA 2010

In the 2010 FIFA world cup, the All whites played in group F, along with Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia. The All Whites played Slovakia to start off with and drew 1-1. The All Whites then played Italy, and surprisingly also drew 1-1, taking all of New Zealand by surprise. NZ then played Paraguay as the deciding match, in this game, Paraguay and New Zealand drew 0-0. This is the first world cup where New Zealand has scored a goal and the first world cup where NZ is undefeated. The All whites have so much help by the fans, Ricki Herbert and Neil Emblen so I would like to celebrate them for all they have done and support.

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