New Zealand women’s football has taken on a sharp new direction with an ever increasing number of players competing at top leagues overseas and, as FIFA.com examines, the Football Ferns are set to be the beneficiaries.
The Oceania Football Confederation have named New Zealand duo Ryan Nelsen and Ali Riley as their players of 2010.
Australia and New Zealand played out two typically hard-fought contests as final preparations for Germany 2011 gather pace.
FIFA.com previews the new WPS season which starts this weekend and allows a host of international stars a chance to hone their form before the FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off in Germany.
New Zealand defender Ali Riley has enjoyed a stellar 12 months and the reigning OFC Player of the Year now hopes to continue that momentum by helping the Football Ferns to a breakthrough showing at Germany 2011.
In the absence of traditional heavyweights, Group B is likely to be as open and unpredictable as any at Germany 2011, with Japan, England, Mexico and New Zealand all in with a realistic chance of qualification.