February 11, 2013
AUCKLAND – The All Whites’ last home FIFA World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia will be played at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 22.
A win in the Friday evening match will provide New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert and his charges Oceania’s place in the intercontinental playoff against a CONCACAF (North and Central American) nation in November 2013.
A draw will mean the final match of the qualifiers in Honiara against the Solomon Islands four days later will be more than a dead-rubber, with New Caledonia scheduled to face Tahiti at home on the same day.
"Anything is a possibility but nothing can be taken for granted in World Cup qualification," said All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.
The match is the first football international at the impressive indoor Forsyth Barr Stadium, and is the first time the All Whites have played in Dunedin since 1988 against Australia.
NZF Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh said Dunedin was long overdue to host a high profile All Whites match with other venues around New Zealand hosting key matches in the recent past.
"New Zealand Football is committed to playing matches around the country. We’ve already played All Whites fixtures in Auckland, Christchurch and now Dunedin.
"The ASB Chatham Cup and ASB Women’s Knockout Cup have been played in Palmerston North and Wellington, while the Football Ferns have played in smaller venues in Auckland and Whangarei," McKavanagh said.
The city was also the venue for New Zealand's first international when it played also Australia at Carisbrook in 1922.
McKavanagh added: "Dunedin is noted for its love of sport and 'scarfie' population and in bringing this crucial match to Forsyth Barr Stadium, we're hoping to see supporters from the region get out en masse and support the All Whites as they chase a berth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil."
Several of the Herbert’s potential All Whites will get an advanced look at the venue when the Wellington Phoenix plays the Melbourne Heart at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 3 in an A-League match.
New Zealand v New Caledonia
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Friday, March 22, 2013
Adults - $35 plus booking costs
Students - $15 plus booking costs
Children (under 15) - $15 plus booking costs
New Zealand v New Caledonia – last five encounters
26 July, 1979 v. New Caledonia (A) won 2-0 Keith Nelson, Steve Sumner
6 September, 2008 v. New Caledonia (A) won 3-1 Shane Smeltz 2, Ben Sigmund
10 September, 2008 v. New Caledonia (H) won 3-0 Shane Smeltz 2, Jeremy Christie
9 June, 2012 v. New Caledonia (N) lost 0-2 -
7 September, 2012 v. New Caledonia (A) won 2-0 Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood
All Whites in Dunedin
17 June, 1922 v. Australia won 3-1
25 June, 1927 v. Canada drew 2-2
4 July, 1936 v. Australia lost 1-7
5 July, 1947 v. South Africa lost 0-6
12 October, 1988 v. Australia lost 1-2