This will be New Zealand’s 8th appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and 6th in succession.
Making their Debut in 1997 in Egypt where they finished 16th. They got a chance to host the World Cup two year later,i.e 1999 where they showed a much-improved performance.
New Zealand in 2009 made it to the round of 16 for the first time in their history, there after they did appear 2 more times in the round of 16 i.e 2011 and 2015.Since 1997 New Zealand failed to qualify in 2001 and 2003 and withdrew in 2005.
Nicknamed as Young All Whites, the team is coached by Danny Hay and are placed in a group with Turkey, Mali, and Paraguay.
Ticket to India
The Kiwis topped the group with 11-0 victory over Samoa,2-1 victory over Solomon Island and a 5-0 victory over Fiji. But the Kiwis had to fight until the injury time for 2-1 over Papua New Guinea.
The final was a one-sided affair where they won the match 7-0 to clinch the title and come to India for the U-17 world cup 2017.
Players to watch out for
Charles Spragg had an outstanding outing, where he scored 6 goals in the tournament, while Matthew Palmer and Max Mata scored 4 each.Their defenders were not tested much but Jarvie Robertson has played every single minute of their campaign and looks strong at the back.
Their defenders were not tested much but Jarvie Robertson has played every single minute of their campaign and looks strong at the back.