Any appearance by the New Zealand National Football team represents a great opportunity to catch some quality football. The national side are traditional heavyweights of football in Oceania and New Zealand bring a mix of experience, ability and know-how to entertain all fans of good football. The passionate support of the Kiwi fans is always guaranteed, making New Zealand tickets a great pickup, whether it's for a group of friends or the whole family. So remember to pack some flags and join in the fun after picking up some New Zealand football tickets at StubHub!
New Zealand football history
New Zealand have an international footballing pedigree which goes all the way back to 1922 when the 'All Whites' took on Australia in their first international game, creating a long-lasting rivalry. Since then they have gone on to become a real force in the Oceania Football Confederation(OFC), picking up a number of OFC titles, with the first in 1973 and being crowned champions after clean sweeps with 100% records in 1998 and 2002.
Over the years New Zealand have built up a local rivalry with Australia that is still strong despite Australia moving into the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and the All Whites going up against the Socceroos is always a great date for the diary of all football fans with the 'White Noise', as the Kiwi fans are known going up against the Socceroos fans to create a memorable atmosphere and great match day experience that has to be witnessed
On The World stage
New Zealand have a growing reputation on the world stage with appearances at the FIFA World Cup Finals in 1982 and 2010 alongside FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003 and 2009. The 2010 World Cup proved to be an especially memorable tournament for the All Whites as they exited the tournament undefeated after draws with Slovakia, Paraguay and then World Champions Italy.
Some stellar performances at FIFA's flagship event showcased the high level of performance that the Kiwis are capable of and a number of players have made their way into some of Europe's top leagues. The English leagues have proved a popular destination for some of the All Whites with Chris Wood, Tommy Smith and Sam Brotherton joining the ranks of UK based players alongside Premier League stalwarts Ryan Nelsen and Winston Reid. As ever for an emerging world football team, the challenge is to solidify their position as the top team in their region along with producing the players that will allow them to make an assault on the higher tiers of football's hierarchy.