Date of birth: 29/9/1981
Place of birth: Goppingen, Germany
Current club: Perth Glory (AUS)
Previous clubs: Gold Coast United (AUS), Wellington Phoenix, Halifax Town (ENG), AFC Wimbledon (ENG), Mansfield Town (ENG)
‘A’ internationals (Goals): 48 (23)
‘A’ international debut: 25 Apr, 2006 vs Chile
U-23 Internationals (Goals): 6 (2) (Overage Player)
FIFA Tournaments: FIFA 2009 Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup 2010, 2012 Olympic Games
Honours: New Zealand Player of the Year 2007, 2008; OFC Player of the Year 2008
Northland born and raised, Abby Erceg first started playing for Whangarei Rovers as a five year old. A qualified personal trainer, Erceg enjoys tennis and free running in her limited spare time.
One of the youngest players to reach 50 caps, Erceg did so at great pace setting a record for 37 consecutive starting appearances from her debut in late 2006 until injury in 2009 ruled her out of a friendly in Japan. Remarkably, the only other ‘A’ international Erceg has missed since her debut was a World Cup qualifier in 2010 for which she was rested.
Of Maori (Ngapuhi) heritage, Erceg’s favourite opponents to play are New Zealand’s Trans-Tasman rivals Australia while her most memorable moment , alongside playing at the 2008 Olympic Games, is scoring New Zealand’s first ever goal at an U-20 World Cup (against hosts Russia in 2006).