Football Ferns to face 19th-ranked Iceland in Easter Weekend friendly

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The Football Ferns will play an international friendly against Iceland in Turkey during Easter Weekend.

News of the match was announced by Football Iceland on their social media channels today (March 20) as fixtures were unveiled for the next FIFA international window.

Iceland’s announcement of the fixture.

According to Football Iceland, the game will be played at the 7,428-capacity Mardan Sports Complex in Antayla, Turkey.

The game will be played on April 8 (Easter Saturday), kicking off at 1am (NZT),

Four days later, the Ferns will play 45th-ranked Nigeria at the same Turkish venue.

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Iceland are currently 19th in the FIFA women’s world rankings, compared to New Zealand’s 24th rating.

They missed out on a spot at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, losing 4-1 after extra time to Portugal in a play-off last October.

Nicknamed “Stelpurnar okkar (Our Girls)”, the Iceland team are unbeaten in 2023 after a 2-0 win against Scotland, a 0-0 draw with Wales and a 5-0 crushing of the Phillipines, all at the Pinatar Cup in February.

Those games were played in Spain.

Four days after they play New Zealand, Iceland are scheduled to meet Switzerland in a friendly.

Past meetings

New Zealand drew 1-1 with Iceland at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, but lost 6-5 on penalties, on March 9, 2016. Amber Hearn scored for the Ferns.

On February 18, 2022, Iceland beat New Zealand 1-0 at the SheBelieves Cup tournament in the United States.

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Game to be played on Saturday April 8, 1am (NZT)

New Zealand v Iceland

Mardan Sports Complex.

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