FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup record
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup holds special significance for New Zealand, who not only hosted the first tournament in 2008, but have featured in all five previous editions. The Kiwis claimed their maiden victory in a FIFA women's competition back in 2008 with a 3-1 win against Colombia, although they were eliminated in the group stage. Trinidad & Tobago 2010 was, however, not as kind to New Zealand, who lost all three group games in a tough pool, and history repeated itself two years later in Azerbaijan. The Kiwis drew with Paraguay at Costa Rica 2014 but suffered 3-0 defeats against Japan and Spain, both of whom reached the final. New Zealand collected their record FIFA tournament win at Jordan 2016 with a 5-0 victory over the hosts.
The road to Uruguay
New Zealand enjoyed a dominant showing during the eight-nation Oceania qualification tournament to reach the world stage with room to spare. They scored an incredible 47 goals in five matches with big wins in three group matches and the semi-final. Their regional supremacy was underlined with a 6-0 victory over New Caledonia in the tournament decider.
Leon Birnie debuted at a FIFA tournament in late 2016 by leading New Zealand to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, where his team secured an impressive win over Ghana alongside hard-fought defeats against heavyweights France and USA. Birnie changed to the U-17 side and led the team through a highly-successful qualification campaign in August 2017.
5 - The number of wins New Zealand have achieved at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.