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FOOTBALL FERNS | RECENT RESULTS FOOTBALL FERNS | PAST FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP RESULTS 2018 OFC WOMEN’S NATIONS CUP - NEW CALEDONIA 19 Nov Tonga 0 - 11 New Zealand (Sarah Gregorius 3, Betsy Hassett 2, Annalie Longo 2, Rosie White 2, Grace Jale, Ria Percival) 22 Nov Cook Islands 0 - 6 New Zealand (Emma Rolston 2, Grace Jale, Annalie Longo, Sarah Morton, Katie Rood) 25 Nov Fiji 0 - 10 New Zealand (Sarah Gregorius 3, Annalie Longo 2, Katie Rood 2, Meikayla Moore, Emma Rolston, own goal) SF | 28 Nov New Caledonia 0 - 8 New Zealand (Emma Rolston 3, Rosie White 2, Katie Bowen, Betsy Hassett, Paige Satchell) F | 1 Dec Fiji 0 - 8 New Zealand (Sarah Gregorius 2, Betsy Hassett 2, Rosie White 2, Meikyla Moore, Katie Rood) 2019 CUP OF NATIONS - AUSTRALIA 28 Feb Australia 2 - 0 New Zealand 3 March Argentina 0 - 2 New Zealand (CJ Bott, Katie Rood) 6 March Korea Republic 2 - 0 New Zealand 2019 WORLD CUP WARM-UPS 9 April | Spain Norway 0 - 1 New Zealand (Rosie White) 17 May | USA USA 5 - 0 New Zealand 2 June | England England 0 - 1 New Zealand (Sarah Gregorius) 5 June | Wales Wales 1 - 0 New Zealand 1991 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - CHINA 17 Nov Denmark 3 - 0 New Zealand 19 Nov Norway 4 - 0 New Zealand 21 Nov China 4 - 1 New Zealand (Kim Nye) 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - CHINA 12 Sep Brazil 5 - 0 New Zealand 15 Sep Denmark 2 - 0 New Zealand 20 Sep China 2 - 0 New Zealand 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - GERMANY 27 June Japan 2 - 1 New Zealand (Amber Hearn) 1 July England 2 - 1 New Zealand (Sarah Gregorius) 5 July Mexico 2 - 2 New Zealand (Rebecca Smith, Hannah Wilkinson) 2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - CANADA 6 June Netherlands 1 - 0 New Zealand 1 July Canada 0 - 0 New Zealand 5 July China 2 - 2 New Zealand (Rebekah Stott, Hannah Wilkinson) 2 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 3
MANAGEMENT TEAM Head Coach: TOM SERMANNI Assistant Coach: OWAIN PROSSER Assistant Coach: WENDI HENDERSON Assistant Coach: GEMMA LEWIS Goalkeeping Coach: DUNCAN REED Sports Scientist: REILLY O’MEAGHER Performance Analyst: ALICE NOYER Performance Coach: AARON WALSH Doctor: ALYSE CAMERON Physiotherapist: EMMA MACKIE Physiotherapist: SAMANTHA MILNER Team Manager: ANGELINA LEE-HUSSIEN Media Manager: PETER THORNTON HEAD COACH | TOM SERMANNI KEY CONTACTS ANGELINA LEE-HUSSIEN Football Ferns Team Manager MOB: +64 21 294 9176 EMAIL: Angelina.Lee-Hussien@nzfootball.co.nz PETER THORNTON Football Ferns Media Manager MOB: +64 27 403 8905 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Hugely experienced and widely respected in the women’s game, Sermanni played as a midfielder in his native Scotland before further stints in England, Australia and New Zealand.
He moved into coaching in Australia and had two reigns in charge of the women’s national team. The second of these was for seven years from 2005, Sermanni leading the Matildas to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on two occasions, in 2007 and 2011. That caught the eye of the US Soccer Federation, who appointed him to lead their women’s national team from early 2013, Sermanni finishing his first year unbeaten and winning the Algarve Cup. He then acted as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup before becoming foundation coach of the newly-formed Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The 64-year-old took up his current role with New Zealand last October, leading the Football Ferns to the OFC Women’s Nations Cup title to qualify for France. FOOTBALL FERNS | FULL SQUAD FOOTBALL FERNS | STAFF 1 | ERIN NAYLER Goalkeeper 6 | REBEKAH STOTT Defender 11 | SARAH GREGORIUS Forward 16 | KATIE DUNCAN Midfielder 21 | VICTORIA ESSON Goalkeeper 3 | ANNA GREEN Defender 8 | ABBY ERCEG Defender 13 | ROSIE WHITE Forward 18 | STEPHANIE SKILTON Defender 23 | NADIA OLLA Goalkeeper 2 | RIA PERCIVAL Defender 7 | ALI RILEY Defender 12 | BETSY HASSETT Midfielder 17 | HANNAH WILKINSON Forward 22 | OLIVIA CHANCE Midfielder 4 | CJ BOTT Defender 9 | EMMA KETE Forward 14 | KATIE BOWEN Midfielder 19 | PAIGE SATCHELL Forward 5 | MEIKAYLA MOORE Defender 10 | ANNALIE LONGO Midfielder 15 | SARAH MORTON Defender 20 | DAISY CLEVERLEY Midfielder 5 4 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: Firmly established as New Zealand’s number one, Nayler has the athleticism to pull off stunning saves and is hugely experienced at just 27. She did not make the field in her first senior World Cup back in 2011 but it was a different story four years later, Nayler playing every minute of New Zealand’s 2015 campaign in Canada. After starring at the next year’s Olympic Games, she signed for Olympique Lyonnais before remaining in France with Bordeaux. Gifted academically, she studied molecular biology at university.
Biography: Now back in her homeland, Green’s club career has taken in stints in Australia, Germany, Sweden and England.
Most recently with Reading in the English top-flight, she brought an end to her time as a professional at 28 and now works as an accountant while playing in the National Women’s League, as well as for a men’s team in Wellington. A previous captain of her country at U-20 level, Green can play at either fullback or more centrally and is renowned for the quality of her left-foot delivery. Biography: The versatile Percival is equally adept in both a defensive or midfieldroleandisthemostcappedplayerinhercountry’shistory, male or female. Despite amassing 140 appearances, she does not turn 30 until late this year and her experience will be invaluable in France.
Remarkably, this will be her fourth World Cup and she is also a veteran of three Olympic Games. Now based in England with West Ham United, Percival has had a well-travelled club career that has also included spells in the United States, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
Biography: Despite making her debut five years ago, Bott has had to bide her time to establish herself in the Ferns line-up but is now among the first picks for a fullback berth on either flank. She shot to national prominence earlier this year when the stunning nature of her first international goal – a strike from fully 35 metres against Argentina – hit the headlines. Now playing professionally in Sweden, Bott uses her strength and physicality to good effect and her marauding bursts forward are a major attacking threat. 1 | ERIN NAYLER DOB: 17 April, 1992 Position: Goalkeeper Club: Bordeaux, France Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 64 3 | ANNA GREEN DOB: 20 August, 1990 Position: Defender Club: Miramar Rangers Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 75 Goals: 7 2 | RIA PERCIVAL DOB: 7 December, 1989 Position: Defender Club: West Ham United, England Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 3 Senior International Caps: 142 Goals: 14 4 | CJ BOTT DOB: 22 April, 1995 Position: Defender Club: Vittsjo GIK, Sweden Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 1 Senior International Caps: 18 Goals: 1 6 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 7
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: Only 22, Moore displays a composure and maturity that belie her tender years and mark her out as potentially a future captain of her country. She did not take the field in her previous taste of a World Cup four years ago but is likely to feature far more prominently this time as she is now a key component of the Ferns defence. A threat at set pieces, the centre back scored her first international goal in a home game against Japan in mid-2018 and added two more in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Biography: California-born Riley lived in Los Angeles for the first part of her life but holds New Zealand citizenship through her Kiwi father and first wore the silver fern at the 2006 U-20 World Cup.
She has since appeared at three senior World Cups and just as many Olympic Games, becoming captain of the Football Fernstwoyearsago.Afterbeginningherprofessionalcareerin the United States and then enjoying a lengthy stay in Sweden at FC Rosengard, she is now with English giants Chelsea and has twice been named in the FIFPRO World XI short-list. Biography: Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, Stott is now very much a true Kiwi after wearing the silver fern over 70 times. She has spent little time on these shores though as her professional career has taken her to Australia, Germany, America and now Norway, where she is a club mate of fellow Fern Victoria Esson.
After representing Australia at age-group level, she switched allegiance in 2012 and played every minute of the 2015 World Cup campaign, finding the net in a draw against China. Biography: Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, Erceg is second only to Ria Percival among the most-capped players in her nation’s history and has been a regular since the age of 17. A former captain of the Ferns, she previously played in Spain, Australia and Germany before heading to the United States, where she now captains National Women’s Soccer League champions North Carolina Courage. Erceg was named in the 2018 NWSL Best XI and was also singled out as the competition’s Defender of the Year.
5 | MEIKAYLA MOORE DOB: 4 June, 1996 Position: Defender Club: MSV Duisburg, Germany Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 1 Senior International Caps: 38 Goals: 3 7 | ALI RILEY DOB: 30 October, 1987 Position: Defender Club: Chelsea, England Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 3 Senior International Caps: 126 Goals: 1 6 | REBEKAH STOTT DOB: 17 June, 1993 Position: Defender Club: Avaldsnes, Norway Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 1 Senior International Caps: 73 Goals: 4 8 | ABBY ERCEG DOB: 20 November, 1988 Position: Defender Club: North Carolina Courage, USA Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 3 Senior International Caps: 138 Goals: 6 8 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 9
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: Just a few months ago, the World Cup was not even on the radar of striker Kete, who had not played for her country since 2012 and appeared to have pulled the pin on her international career. But she was one of several Ferns to make themselves available again after the popular appointment of Tom Sermanni and her tenacious style of play will be a useful weapon in France. During her time away from the game she completed a bachelor of science degree, majoring in psychology, and is the partner of England striker Jodie Taylor.
Biography: Known as ‘Flea’ by her team mates due to her diminutive stature, Longo is one of the most technically gifted female players ever produced by her country and will be expected to pull the strings in the Ferns midfield.
She became New Zealand’s youngest international on debut in 2006 and is the second youngest person to represent any country at a senior World Cup. Originally from Auckland, she is now based in Christchurch and is regarded as the best domestic-based player in the country, earning MVP in last season’s National Women’s League. 9 | EMMA KETE DOB: 1 September, 1987 Position: Forward Club: Unattached Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 51 Goals: 3 10 | ANNALIE LONGO DOB: 1 July, 1991 Position: Midfielder Club: Unattached Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 3 Senior International Caps: 116 Goals: 15 Biography: AnotherFerntohavereturnedtothefoldafterseeminglybringing the curtain down on her international career, Gregorius is the highest scorer in the current squad and third on her country’s all-time list.
She jointly won the golden boot with eight strikes in qualifying and is likely to be one of New Zealand’s main goal threats in France. Away from the pitch, she is a well-known figure, acting as a New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA) board member and appearing as a television pundit. Biography: An energetic presence in midfield, the forward bursts and skill on the ball of Hassett are an important component of the Ferns attack. She was named MVP of the qualifying tournament and will be looking to take that form into France after recovering from the setback of a broken wrist in the build-up.
Now based in Iceland, she has some famous clubs on her CV having also played for Manchester City, Werder Bremen and Ajax. Annalie Longo and Ria Percival are the only other non-strikers in the current Ferns line-up to have scored more international goals than Hassett. 11 | SARAH GREGORIUS DOB: 6 August, 1987 Position: Forward Club: Miramar Rangers Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 94 Goals: 34 12 | BETSY HASSETT DOB: 8 August, 1990 Position: Midfielder Club: KR Reykjavik, Iceland Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 113 Goals: 13 10 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 11
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: To prepare for the physicality and speed of the World Cup, White has been playing with men in the build-up, relocating to New Zealand from the United States and training with the Wellington Phoenix academy. She hopes that will give her an edge in France and will need to be at her best as she is one of her country’s main source of goals, her record bettered only by Sarah Gregorius and Hannah Wilkinson in the current squad. She recently joined six of her team mates in becoming an international centurion. Biography: Despite only recently turning 25, Bowen has already made 60 international appearances and seems set to become one of New Zealand’s most capped players by the end of her career.
Most of her caps have come as a midfielder but she is equally comfortable in a more defensive role and has played her recent club football at right back. Remarkably, she has been an international for over a decade, making history as the youngest player to represent her country when playing for the national U-17 team on her 14th birthday. 13 | ROSIE WHITE DOB: 6 June, 1993 Position: Forward Club: Unattached Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 102 Goals: 24 14 | KATIE BOWEN DOB: 15 April, 1994 Position: Midfielder Club: Utah Royals, USA Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 62 Goals: 3 Biography: One of the Ferns’ brightest young prospects, Morton is a success story of the Future Ferns Domestic Programme (FFDP), which was established by New Zealand Football to help bridge the gap between the domestic game and international football.
Having already represented her country at U-17 and U-20 level, she made her senior debut against Japan in mid-2018 and will provide competition to the likes of the more established Ali Riley, CJ Bott and Anna Green for the fullback berths.
Biography: Another of the contingent to be lured out of retirement, Duncan is one of her country’s most decorated players after featuring in three World Cups and three Olympic Games. Her return to action is a big boost to Tom Sermanni as her vast experience will prove invaluable, both on and off the pitch. An automatic selection for many years prior to her retirement, the strength of her positional play and ability to break up attacks make her a leading contender to fill the holding midfield role. 15 | SARAH MORTON DOB: 28 August, 1998 Position: Defender Club: Western Springs Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 6 Goals: 1 16 | KATIE DUNCAN DOB: 1 February, 1988 Position: Midfielder Club: Onehunga Sports Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 3 Senior International Caps: 123 Goals: 1 12 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 13
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: Just taking her place in the World Cup squad is a significant achievement for Wilkinson, whose hopes of doing so appeared in tatters when she suffered a serious knee injury last October. She faced a race against time to return to full fitness and has made a remarkably quick recovery to earn a ticket to France. Coach Tom Sermanni will be relieved she did as Wilkinson if one of his highest scorers, her tally including the equaliser in a draw with Mexico that earned New Zealand’s first ever women’s World Cup point at Germany 2011.
Biography: After making a name for herself as a striker, Skilton made a relatively late positional change to centre back at the age of 23.
She has plenty of competition in that area of the pitch but was handed a starting spot the last time the Ferns played on home soil against Japan in mid-2018. Yet to enter the fully professional game, she studied health and exercise science while playing at Syracuse University in the United States and now captains Auckland Football in the National Women’s League. 17 | HANNAH WILKINSON DOB: 28 May, 1992 Position: Forward Club: Unattached Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2 Senior International Caps: 90 Goals: 25 18 | STEPHANIE SKILTON DOB: 27 October, 1994 Position: Defender Club: Papakura City Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 9 Goals: 0 Biography: Blessed with blistering pace, Satchell has enjoyed a memorable six months after missing most of 2017 while recovering from injury.
Her comeback was complete when making a first senior international start during World Cup qualifying in December and she followed that up by signing her first professional contract with German outfit SC Sand. While speed is her most dangerous attribute, Tom Sermanni has been pleased with the rate of improvement in other areas of Satchell’s game and she could prove a match-winner, either from the start or as an impact player off the bench.
Biography: Another to have her recent progress disrupted by injury, Cleverley was earmarked as a bright prospect from a young age and has represented her country at all levels. She was part of the World Cup squad four years ago but didn’t feature in any matches so is now looking to appear on the biggest stage of all for the first time. To do so, she must earn a place ahead of more experienced midfield team mates but her vision and technical quality provide an appealing option. Remarkably, she had taken part in five FIFA tournaments by the time her teenage years were up. 19 | PAIGE SATCHELL DOB: 13 April, 1998 Position: Forward Club: SC Sand, Germany Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 14 Goals: 1 20 | DAISY CLEVERLEY DOB: 27 October, 1994 Position: Defender Club: California Golden Bears, USA Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 1 Senior International Caps: 8 Goals: 2 14 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 15
FOOTBALL FERNS | PLAYER PROFILES Biography: A long-time member of the squad, Esson had to be patient in making a first appearance, finally debuting in late 2017 at the age of 26. But she has since become a professional in Norway with Avaldsnes and will be aiming to put pressure on incumbent number one Erin Nayler for a starting berth. She enjoyed an impressive three-year collegiate stint at Texas Tech University in the United States, breaking several records and completing a degree in wind energy and industrial engineering in the process. Biography: After debuting for the Ferns as a teenager in 2011, Chance foundherselfintheinternationalwildernessbeforefinallybeing recalled for a United States tour in September of 2017.
She has remained part of the plans ever since but her involvement was broken up by a knee injury, from which she recovered to make her first international appearance in a year two months ago against Norway. Currently without a club after leaving Everton, the World Cup provides the perfect shop window to showcase her skills, which include a deft touch and ability to pick out a pin- point pass.
21 | VICTORIA ESSON DOB: 6 March, 1991 Position: Goalkeeper Club: Avaldsnes, Norway Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 3 22 | OLIVIA CHANCE DOB: 5 October, 1993 Position: Midfielder Club: Unattached Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 14 Goals: 0 Biography: The youngest member of the World Cup squad, Olla will be looking to soak up every aspect of the experience and put that to good use in future years. Still a teenager, she made her international debut at just 18, keeping a clean sheet against New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the World Cup qualifying tournament.
With the more experienced Erin Nayler and Victoria Esson ahead of her in the pecking order, Olla is unlikely see any game time in France but it will be an important step in her development regardless. Away from football, she studies psychology and biology at university. 23 | NADIA OLLA DOB: 7 February, 2000 Position: Goalkeeper Club: Western Springs Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups: 0 Senior International Caps: 1 16 FOOTBALL FERNS MEDIA GUIDE | 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 17
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KOR 03 15:00 GER v. CHN 05 13:00 AUS v. ITA 07 18:00 ENG v. SCO 09 21:00 CAN v. CMR 11 21:00 USA v. THA 37 21:00 2A v. 2C 02 21:00 NOR v. NGA 14 15:00 NGA v. KOR 13 21:00 FRA v. NOR 26 21:00 KOR v. NOR 25 21:00 NGA v. FRA 04 18:00 ESP v. RSA 15 18:00 GER v. ESP 16 21:00 RSA v. CHN 27 18:00 RSA v. GER 28 18:00 CHN v. ESP 06 15:30 BRA v. JAM 17 18:00 AUS v. BRA 18 18:00 JAM v. ITA 29 21:00 JAM v. AUS 30 21:00 ITA v. BRA 08 18:00 ARG v. JPN 19 21:00 ENG v. ARG 20 15:00 JPN v. SCO 31 21:00 JPN v. ENG 32 21:00 SCO v. ARG 10 15:00 NZL v. NED 21 21:00 CAN v. NZL 22 15:00 NED v. CMR 33 18:00 NED v.
CAN 34 18:00 CMR v. NZL 12 18:00 CHI v.
SWE 24 15:00 SWE v. THA 35 21:00 SWE v. USA 36 21:00 THA v. CHI 38 17:30 1B v. 3ACD 39 17:30 1D v. 3BEF 40 21:00 1A v. 3CDE 41 18:00 2B v. 1F 42 21:00 2F v. 2E 43 18:00 1C v. 3ABF 44 21:00 1E v. 2D 45 21:00 W37 v. W39 46 21:00 W40 v. W41 47 15:00 W43 v. W44 48 18:30 W38 v. W42 49 21:00 W45 v. W46 50 21:00 W47 v. W48 51 17:00 3rd Place 52 17:00 Final 23 18:00 USA v. CHI
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