All Whites to play two games at UAE tournament in March international window

The All Whites will play two international games at a four-nation tournament to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in late March.

New Zealand will participate in the tournament with Croatia (FIFA rank #10), Egypt (#33) and Tunisia (#28).

The draw for the tournament will produce opening games with the winners going into a tournament final, and the losers playing off for third place.

Called the W Cup, the tournament will take place from March 22, 2024, with the final on March 26 and third-place play-off on March 25 (local time).

Match venues, kick-off times and tournament sponsors will be announced soon.

All games will be streamed live and free on FIFA+.

All Whites head coach Darren Bazeley sees the tournament as a perfect start to a big year of football for his side.

“The focus for the team this year is FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers, but should we get there, tournament experience against higher-ranked teams will be critical,” he said.

“To start 2024 with games against some of the top sides in the world, in a tournament environment, is a great opportunity to continue to test and learn about ourselves playing against opposition of this level.

“We ended 2023 with a great performance and I know the whole squad can’t wait to get going in 2024.”

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