The Young Football Ferns are New Zealand's national U-17 women's football team.
The team sealed a second straight World Cup appearance by qualifying for Azerbaijan 2012 with wins over Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea at the OFC U-17 Women's Championship in Auckland in April 2012.
In 2008, they captured the hearts of the New Zealand football public with dramatic encounters against Canada and Denmark and a thrilling win over Colombia during the New Zealand hosted FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the first of its kind.
The matches were played in front of large crowds and uncovered rising new stars, who have gone on to make the full international debut.
In 2010, Dave Edmondson's charges were aiming to reach the quarter finals in Trinidad and Tobago. Losses in the opening two group matches with Venezuala and Spain put pay to that ambition, before a 0-6 loss to eventual runners up Japan.
Recently, the Young Football Ferns were again attempting to become the first women's age group side to advance to the quarter finals in Azerbaijan and despite opening losses to Mexico (0-1) and Japan (0-3) the kiwis were still in the hunt to advance in their final match against Brazil.
New Zealand opened brightly taking the lead and went down fighting eventually losing the match 3-4 but winning plenty of admirers with their tenacity and style of play.