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Football Ferns named for Paris Olympics

Updated: Jul 5

The Football Ferns squad for Paris has been selected with Milly Clegg (pictured) a potential weapon
Teenager Milly Clegg who plays for Louisville Racing in the United States could be a key for the Football Ferns in Paris PHOTO: LOUISVILLE RACING

An 18-player Football Ferns squad for Paris has been confirmed with an mixed lineup of experience and newcomers to the Olympics selected.

There are three big names missing with striker Hannah Wilkinson, who has been to the three previous Olympic Games, midfielder Annalie Longo, who played at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and Betsy Hassett.all missing the cut.

Ten players will be part of any Olympic competition for the first time.

The coach will be Michael Mayne after issues between New Zealand Football and Jitka Klimkova.


Mayne acknowledged the difficulty in selecting the squad and task ahead for the team in Paris where they face defending champs, Canada, hosts, France and Colombia.

“Paris 2024 is a pinnacle event, and I am excited to get to France, assemble the team, and get to work. “I am clear on the outcomes we want to achieve, and we will be doing all we can to collectively accomplish those goals

“With this tournament having smaller squads than something like the FIFA Women’s World Cup we have had to make some tough decisions, but through our selection process, we have selected 18 players we believe can achieve the outcomes we want and are prepared for the challenges we will face.

“It is great to be able to give over half the squad their Olympic debuts, and I know it will be a proud moment for all of the players and staff to wear the fern in France. 

“There is no doubt this can be a special event for us, and we will draw on the uniqueness of representing the entire New Zealand Olympic team to give us the edge we will need.”

New Zealand come into the tournament with a record of six wins, two defeats and one draw in 2024, scoring 37 goals and conceding eight. 

At Paris 2024 they have been drawn in Group A alongside reigning champions Canada, Colombia, and hosts France. They kick off the tournament on 26 July (NZT) vs Canada in Saint-Etienne, before facing Colombia on 29 July (NZT), and France on 1 August (NZT), both in Lyon. 

The team will warm-up for the tournament with an international friendly against Zambia on 14 July (NZT) at Stade Louis Darragon, Vichy, France,


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 FC, USA

Victoria Esson (23 caps) Rangers FC, Scotland

Macey Fraser* (5 caps) Utah Royals, USA

Ally Green* (14 caps) AGF, Denmark

Jacqui Hand* (27 caps) Unattached

Grace Jale* (31 caps) Unattached

Katie Kitching* (10 caps) Sunderland AFC, England

Anna Leat (18 caps) Aston Villa FC, England

Meikayla Moore (65 caps) Unattached

Gabi Rennie (37 caps) Åland United, Finland

Ali Riley (162 caps) Angel City FC, USA

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

Claudia Bunge (HB Koge, Denmark), Michaela Foster (Unattached), Annalie Longo (Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand), and Murphy Sheaff (Kansas State University, USA) have been named as travelling reserves


Upcoming Fixtures:

New Zealand vs Zambia

International Friendly

Sunday 14 July NZT (Saturday 13 July local)

KO 3am NZT (5pm local)

Stade Louis Darragon, Vichy, France


Canada vs New Zealand

Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024

Friday 26 July NZT (Thursday 25 July local)

KO 3am NZT (5pm local)

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France

New Zealand vs Colombia

Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024

Monday 29 July NZT (Sunday 28 July local)

KO 3am NZT (5pm local)

Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France

New Zealand vs France

Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024

Thursday 1 August NZT (Wednesday 31 July local)

KO 7am (9pm local)

Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France


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