New Zealand play Norway at Auckland’s Eden Park, knowing a win will bring the Football Ferns their first-ever win at a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The match is the opening game of the 2023 tournament and provides both sides with an important step in their efforts to qualify from Group A for the knockout stages.
Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková has indicated her team will aim to be physical in their approach — what she calls “gritty” and “hard to beat”.
Main photo: The Football Ferns … ready for action in the opener against Norway. Photo credit: NZ Football.
New Zealand are rated the outsiders of this match, with bookmakers TAB rating Norway a 73% probability of a win, with a 17% chance of a draw and only a 10% likelihood of a home team victory.
New Zealand were paying $9.00 in fixed odds betting to win, while a dollar on a Norway win returns only $1.22. The draw is $5.50.
Two global sports data analyst companies, however, rate New Zealand as a chance of making it into the top 16 of the tournament.
Record crowd expected
Game to be played on Thursday July 20, 2023
New Zealand v Norway
Eden Park, Auckland, 7pm
How to watch
Here’s how and when you can watch the game on television, including the match highlights and full replays.
Here’s how and when you can listen to match commentaries on radio.
How to get there
If you’re going to Eden Park, don’t forget your match ticket includes free use of public transport to get there and back.
Before the game
The official world cup song Do It Again will be performed live by New Zealand singer BENEE and Australian entertainer Mallrat as part of the opening ceremony that starts at 6.35pm.
Current FIFA ranking: #26
Best World Cup finish: Group stage 2019
Base training camp: Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill, Auckland (home of Auckland United)
1 Erin Nayler (IFK Norrköping, Sweden)
21 Victoria Esson (Rangers, Scotland)
23 Anna Leat (Aston Villa, England)*
4 CJ Bott (Leicester City, England)
3 Claudia Bunge (Melbourne Victory, Australia)*
5 Michaela Foster (Unattached)*
7 Ali Riley (Angel City, United States)
13 Rebekah Stott (Brighton & Hove Albion, England)
14 Katie Bowen (Unattached)
19 Elizabeth Anton (Perth Glory, Australia)*
2 Ria Percival (Tottenham Hotspur, England)
6 Malia Steinmetz (Unattached)*
8 Daisy Cleverley (HB Køge, Denmark)
10 Annalie Longo (Unattached)
11 Olivia Chance (Celtic, Scotland)
12 Betsy Hassett (Stjarnan, Iceland)
9 Gabi Rennie (Arizona State University, United States)*
15 Paige Satchell ( Unattached)
16 Jacqui Hand (Åland United, Finland)*
17 Hannah Wilkinson (Melbourne City, Australia)
18 Grace Jale (Unattached)*
20 Indiah-Paige Riley (Unattached)*
22 Milly Clegg (Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia)*
*FIFA Women’s World Cup debut
Current FIFA ranking: #12
Best World Cup finish: Winners 1995
Base training camp: Seddon Fields, Westmere, Auckland (home of Western Springs)
1 Cecilie Fiskerstrand (LSK Kvinner, Norway)
12 Guro Pettersen (Vålerenga, Norway)
23 Aurora Mikalsen (Brann, Norway)
2 Anja Sønstevold (Inter Milan, Italy)
3 Sara Horte (Rosenborg, Norway)
4 Tuva Hansen (Bayern Munich)
5 Guro Bergsvand (Brighton, England)
6 Maren Mjelde (Chelsea, England)
16 Mathilde Harviken (Rosenborg, Norway)
19 Marit Bratberg Lund (Brann, Norway)
7 Ingrid Syrstad Engen (Barcelona, Spain)
8 Vilde Bøe Risa (Manchester United, England)
11 Guro Reiten (Chelsea, England)
13 Thea Bjelde (Vålerenga, Norway)
15 Amalie Eikeland (Reading, England)
17 Julie Blakstad (Manchester City, England)
18 Frida Leonhardsen Maanum (Arsenal, England)
20 Emilie Haavi (Roma, Italy)
9 Karina Sævik (Vålerenga, Norway)
10 Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona, Spain)
14 Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, France)
21 Anna Jøsendal (Rosenborg, Norway)
22 Sophie Roman Haug (Roma, Italy)