Football Ferns to play friendly international against Zambia in mid-July

New Zealand will play Zambia in an international friendly on Sunday July 14 (NZT) to help both teams prepare for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The match will be played at Stade Louis Darragon, Vichy, France, and will be streamed live and free by FIFA+.

Zambia will play in Group B at the Olympic tournament, facing high-ranking United States, Germany and Australia.

They are currently #65 in the FIFA women’s world rankings, the highest they have been rated in their history.

New Zealand are #28 in the rankings.

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Game to be played on Sunday July 14, 2024 (NZT)

New Zealand v Zambia
Stade Louis Darragon, Vichy, France, 3am (NZT)

New Zealand squad


Mackenzie Barry* (16 caps) Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand
CJ Bott (46 caps) Leicester City, England
Katie Bowen (109 caps) Inter Milan, Italy
Milly Clegg* (8 caps) Racing Louisville, United States
Victoria Esson (23 caps) Rangers FC, Scotland
Macey Fraser* (5 caps) Utah Royals, United States
Ally Green (14 caps) AGF, Denmark
Jacqui Hand (27 caps) Lewes FC, England
Grace Jale* (31 caps) Unattached
Katie Kitching* (10 caps) Sunderland, England
Anna Leat (18 caps) Aston Villa, England
Meikayla Moore (65 caps) Glasgow City, Scotland
Gabi Rennie (37 caps) Åland United, Finland
Ali Riley (162 caps) Angel City, United States
Indiah-Paige Riley* (24 caps) PSV Vrouwen, Netherlands
Malia Steinmetz* (31 caps) FC Nordsjælland, Denmark
Rebekah Stott (102 caps) Melbourne City FC, Australia
Kate Taylor* (16 caps) Unattached

*Denotes first involvement in an Olympic campaign

Non-travelling reserves

Claudia Bunge (31 caps) HB Køge, Denmark
Michaela Foster (18 caps) Auckland United, New Zealand
Annalie Longo (133 caps) Cashmere Technical, New Zealand
Murphy Sheaff (0 caps) Kansas State University, United States

Olympics tournament

New Zealand will play Canada, France and Colombia in their group games at the tournament.

The groups

# indicates current FIFA world ranking

Group A

  • France #2
  • Colombia #22
  • Canada #8
  • New Zealand #28

Group B

  • United States #5
  • Zambia #64
  • Germany #4
  • Australia #12

Group C

  • Spain #1
  • Japan #7
  • Nigeria #36
  • Brazil #9

Olympic Games fixtures

Games to be played on Friday July 26, 2024 (NZT)

Canada v New Zealand
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, 3am (NZT)

France v Colombia
Stade de Lyon, Décines-Charpieu, 7am (NZT)

Games to be played on Monday July 29, 2024 (NZT)

New Zealand v Colombia
Stade de Lyon, Décines-Charpieu, 3am (NZT)

France v Canada
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, 7am (NZT)

Games to be played on Thursday August 1, 2024 (NZT)

New Zealand v France
Stade de Lyon, Décines-Charpieu, 7am (NZT)

Colombia v Canada
Stade de Nice, Nice, 7am (NZT)

This story was first published on July 4, 2024.

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