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The Football Ferns are New Zealand's national women's football side and are the current champions of Oceania.

The moniker was adopted just prior to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, as the clear favourite among thousands submitted by fans during a public competition.

In fitting with a national history filled with groundbreaking women, New Zealand’s footballers were among the first countries in the world to play international football, playing its first match in August 1975.

 

A golden period for New Zealand in the 1980s saw placings of second (1981), fourth (1984), and second-equal (1987) at World Invitational Tournaments in Taiwan – the unofficial precursor to the FIFA World Cup – indicating just where New Zealand sat in the international order of women’s football at that time.

Following on from recent highlights such as qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as claiming an historic first point at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, the Football Ferns have just come of a succesful run to the Quarter Finals at the 2012 London Olympics.

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