The New Zealand women's national team will play in the World Cup for the fifth time this year and is looking for some sort of improvement. The nation has finished last in each group it has participated in, never winning a game. In four World Cups, New Zealand has zero wins, three draws and nine losses. The squad hopes 2019 will be different with the goal being to earn its first win at a World Cup.
Two Football Ferns have been playing and training with men to better prepare them for next month's Women's World Cup.
Wellington-based internationals Sarah Gregorius and Anna Green have been playing for Miramar Rangers in Capital Premier League and Capital One, effectively divisions two and three, after receiving dispensation to play senior men's football during the winter season.
Team Wellington football coach José Figueira, who guided the side to an OFC Champions League title last year, has quit his job.
Figueira said he will not be returning to the club for the upcoming season, but will continue with his New Zealand Football roles, including coaching the national U-17 team which is preparing for the Fifa U-17 World Cup later this year.