Herdman takes reins of 2015 hosts
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John Herdman is to step down as New Zealand women’s coach after five years in the position to take up the head coaching role of Canada’s national team.

Herdman will begin immediately with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosts, assuming the role held by Carolina Morace at Germany 2011.

Under Herdman’s tutelage the Football Ferns qualified for two FIFA Women’s World Cups and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as winning two Oceania championships and claiming a runners-up’s finish at last year’s Cyprus Cup.

As head coach of the Junior Football Ferns, Herdman also reached two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, in 2006 and 2008.

“It’s exciting personally and professionally to go on to coach a team that’s got the potential to win a world cup in their own country,” Herdman said of his new role with the eight-ranked nation.

“My experience in New Zealand has really stood me in good stead to move on to this next opportunity.”

Canada have two upcoming international matches against USA later this month, ahead of the Pan American Games that begin in October. The 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament will be held in Vancouver next January, with the two finalists securing passage to London 2012.