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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

All Whites get schedule for World Cup qualifiers

A grudge match against New Caledonia kicks off the All Whites' next stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying on September 7 after the draw for stage three qualifiers was made by Oceania Football Confederation in Auckland today.
On September 7 in Noumea the All Whites meet the team that earlier this month knocked them out of the OFC Nations Cup before welcoming the Solomon Islands to New Zealand for the first home game of the campaign on September 11.
The October window sees home and away ties against Oceania champions Tahiti - in Papeete on October 12 and in New Zealand four days later.
New Caledonia travel to New Zealand for a Friday night match on March 22 before the All Whites conclude stage three in Honiara against the Solomon Islands on March 26.
The winner of stage three progresses to a home and away playoff against the fourth best team from CONCACAF (North and Central America) in November 2013 for a place among the 32 finalists at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
With the scheduled revealed, New Zealand Football Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh said the process of locking in venues for New Zealand's home games would gather pace.
"We're committed to spreading games around the country and now we have dates locked in we can progress those discussions with councils and venues keen to host a World Cup qualifier."
"Qualifying for a second straight FIFA World Cup remains the big prize and recent events have only reinforced how important home advantage will be as the team try to achieve what no Oceania team has done before."
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil - Oceania Qualifiers Stage 3
Matchday 1
Friday 7 September, 2012
Solomon Islands v Tahiti
New Caledonia v New Zealand
Matchday 2
Tuesday 11 September, 2012
Tahiti v New Caledonia
New Zealand v Solomon Islands
Matchday 3
Friday 12 October, 2012
Tahiti v New Zealand
Solomon Islands v New Caledonia
Matchday 4
Tuesday 16 October, 2012
New Zealand v Tahiti