All Whites to take qualifiers to provinces
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 8:25a.m.
New Zealand Football is aiming to take the All Whites' next qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup to the provinces after the draw for the next round of qualifying for Brazil was released.
The All Whites kick-off their bid to return to the soccer's big stage with a chance for revenge against New Caledonia, the side who dumped them out of the Oceania Nations Cup in the semi-finals, in Noumea on September 7.
Their first home match in the six-game home and away stage, will be against the Solomon Islands four days later.
New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh says now the draw was out they would look to lock in venues for New Zealand's three home games.
"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," he said.
The winner of the stage plays home and away against the fourth-best team from the North and Central America confederation in November 2013 for a place at the following year's World Cup.
Oceania stage three qualifiers:
September 7: New Caledonia v New Zealand; Solomon Islands v Tahiti
September 11: New Zealand v Solomon Islands; Tahiti v New Caledonia
October 12: Tahiti v New Zealand; Solomon Islands v New Caledonia
October 16: New Zealand v Tahiti; New Caledonia v Solomon Islands
March 22: New Zealand v New Caledonia; Tahiti v Solomon Islands
March 26: Solomon Islands v New Zealand; New Caledonia v Tahiti
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