Video 31 Oct 14 notes

toohardnottocare:

socwhore:

Still can’t believe Abby Wambach missed this penalty shot..

Abby didn’t miss it. The goalie just made the right move :)

Good on ya Erin ;)

Link 28 Oct 1 note MATCH REPORT: Ferns fall to strong USA side»

The Ferns played the first of two games against the USWNT at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, losing 4-1 against a stylish and well composed American side this morning.

The USA scored quick in the opening minutes, with Megan Rapinoe putting a fine free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the goal. Then it was Carli Lloyd’s turn to put one past Erin Nayler not long after, leaving the Ferns stranded 2-0. 

The Ferns grew more cohesive as the half went on, though, pressing up more into the USA half and creating opportunities that forced a couple of saves from US goalkeeper Hope Solo. However, Christen Press, who continued her amazing footballing career following on from her season with Swedish side FF Tyreso, widened the American lead when she scored just five minutes from half time.

In the second half, Hannah Wilkinson opened the account for the Ferns when she beat the US defense and pounced on a stray rebound and put it past second-half GK substitute Nicole Barnhart. 

Wilkinson was also the one who created the most chances for New Zealand, pushing forward and threatening the Americans, but it wasn’t enough to close the lead any more. When Heather O’Reilly was fed the ball through from Press and jetted the ball into the NZ goal from the penalty area, it was pretty much all over then. 

This was the first solid challenge for the Ferns this season, a true test for how far the squad has progressed since the Valais Cup and Cyprus Cup. Playing the number one team in the world is always a good indicator of tactics and strength and how well they’re working for a team. Overall, while it is disappointing to lose any match, I think the Ferns management will be coming away pleased. Despite the slow start it was great to see continual pressure from the Ferns, and a lot less of that final quarter tiredness we have tended to see in the past.

Rebekah Stott in particular was a highlight in defense today, along with the usual shoring backline of Percival and Riley. 

The next game against the USWNT is in Colombus, Ohio, and will be played on Thursday 31 October at 12:30pm NZT. 

USWNT 4 (Rapinoe 7’, Lloyd 12’, Press 40’) - 1 New Zealand (Wilkinson 53’). Half time USA 3-0 NZL.

Photo 28 Oct 1,568 notes 
Megan Rapinoe’s goal for the United States vs New Zealand.
Megan Rapinoe’s goal for the United States vs New Zealand.

(Source: tpinoe)

Photo 27 Oct 265 notes thrace-:

USA vs. New Zealand, Game 1 (San Francisco)
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT
How to watch:
This game is being streamed live on ussoccer.com

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USA vs. New Zealand, Game 1 (San Francisco)

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT

How to watch:

This game is being streamed live on ussoccer.com

via thrace_.
Photo 8 Oct 102 notes

(Source: instagram.com)

Video 26 Sep 5 notes

Following on the great tradition of Ali Riley making hilarious and fun videos while on tour: the Football Ferns cover Lorde’s hit song “Royals” while in Switzerland for the Valais Cup. 

Guest-starring: head coach Tony Readings, assistant coach Aaron McFarland

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footyfan56 said: Wondering if you know anything about Hayley Bowden's situation. I haven't heard anything about her since April/May after she joined Lincoln.

Sorry for taking ages to reply! I’ve been away and haven’t checked my messages. I actually don’t know, but I will have a look for you and see if I can find anything out. 

Photo 26 Sep 24 notes (photo from Football Ferns Facebook)
Football Ferns win Valais Cup
The Football Ferns beat China 4-0 with goals from Hannah Wilkinson (53’), Amber Hearn (65’, 88’), and Rosie White (84’) to win the final and the inaugural Valais Cup in Switzerland early this morning.
It’s the first tournament win for the senior team since the Asian Cup in 1975. 
On the match, Ferns coach Tony Readings said, “We’ve developed a new style of play but still remain stubborn in defence.
“We’ve kept two very good teams in Brazil and China scoreless and our keepers weren’t really tested today.
“We are trusting ourselves to keep the ball and wear teams down. You could see China tiring and the first goal broke their spirit. After the second goal the game was over.”
A particular highlight for me is the fact that the era where we would hold out for 80+ minutes before tiring out and conceding a goal or two in the final minutes looks to be over.  The game this morning sounded like a very technically sound performance, coupled with mental and physical endurance to hold on to our lead.
The Ferns will play two matches against the USA in October, which will be a good test for our progress so far.
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(photo from Football Ferns Facebook)

Football Ferns win Valais Cup

The Football Ferns beat China 4-0 with goals from Hannah Wilkinson (53’), Amber Hearn (65’, 88’), and Rosie White (84’) to win the final and the inaugural Valais Cup in Switzerland early this morning.

It’s the first tournament win for the senior team since the Asian Cup in 1975. 

On the match, Ferns coach Tony Readings said, “We’ve developed a new style of play but still remain stubborn in defence.

“We’ve kept two very good teams in Brazil and China scoreless and our keepers weren’t really tested today.

“We are trusting ourselves to keep the ball and wear teams down. You could see China tiring and the first goal broke their spirit. After the second goal the game was over.”

A particular highlight for me is the fact that the era where we would hold out for 80+ minutes before tiring out and conceding a goal or two in the final minutes looks to be over.  The game this morning sounded like a very technically sound performance, coupled with mental and physical endurance to hold on to our lead.

The Ferns will play two matches against the USA in October, which will be a good test for our progress so far.

[SOURCE]

Link 23 Sep 4 notes Football Ferns Beat Brazil 1-0 at Valais Cup»

The Football Ferns scored a single goal against Brazil in their “group” match of the Valais Cup this morning.  With this win the Ferns go on to play China in the final on Thursday morning (3:30am NZT).

The goal was scored by Amber Hearn in the 66th minute after a game dominated by New Zealand and a fair few chances that went amiss. 

This win is the first-ever for any New Zealand team against Brazil, senior or otherwise, and the first win for the Ferns against a FIFA top-10 team. It’s a historic win, and a win that has turned the corner for the WNT.  Starting with John Herdman’s work and now continued by Tony Readings, complemented by an increased focus on developing our youth teams, New Zealand has become a true challenger in the world game. Standards are raised every time we play matches like these against the world’s top teams and now fans can come away expecting wins. 

It’s a good time to be a Kiwi fan.

Link 11 Sep 3 notes Football Ferns Squad for Inaugural Valais Cup in Switzerland»

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings has named his squad for the inaugural Valais Cup to be held in Switzerland over four days later this month.

NZ will play Brazil on the 23rd while China and Mexico play on the 22nd, with the third-place and final matches scheduled for the 26th.

This will hopefully be a good show for the Ferns squad, with most of the team already having played together and professionally for a while now. The match up against Brazil will be tough, with them ranked 4th and the top seed for the tournament, but it should be a good game!


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