New Zealand Football Ferns pose for a team photo

New Zealand to play Spain and Japan pre World Cup Games

Thursday’s announcement comes after last week’s confirmation of a clash with the world number two United States side in April.

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings says the fixtures provide another excellent opportunity for his side to test their mettle on the eve of the tournament.

“We have lofty ambitions for the World Cup and these games give us another chance to measure ourselves against teams with the same mentality,” Readings said.

“With our game against the United States in April, these matches with Spain and Japan will ensure we are able to finalise our preparations against some of the strongest teams in world football.

New Zealand pre-World Cup fixtures:

New Zealand V Korea DPR

Sunday 8th February

Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland


New Zealand V Australia

Thursday 12th February

Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland


Spain V New Zealand

Tuesday 3rd March, Guadalajara, Spain


Spain V New Zealand

Thursday 5th March, La Roda, Spain


United States V New Zealand

Saturday 4th April

Busch Stadium, St Louis, USA


Japan V New Zealand

Sunday 24th May

Marugame Staduim, Kagawa, Japan
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