New Zealand cruised comfortably through Oceania qualifying and now, on the back of significant growth in recent years, are looking to make a splash at London 2012.
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.
Two stunning strikes from Japan's Aya Miyama and Mexico's Monica Ocampo earned their side precious points in their respective Group B encounters on Matchday 2 of Germany 2011.
Japan dominated possession but were en route to a 1-1 draw with a resilient New Zealand side before a delightful 68th-minute strike from their No8 secured victory.
FIFA.com spoke to New Zealand's super striker Amber Hearn about her personal ambitions for Germany 2011 and her side's chances of a breakthrough showing against the world's elite.
The Oceania Football Confederation have named New Zealand duo Ryan Nelsen and Ali Riley as their players of 2010.