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Project Chile 2008
The road to Chile, the host nation for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Finals, has already commenced for New Zealand.

While the 2006 squad was in the final stages of their Russian quest, an U-17 Development Squad headed to Australia in July to take part in the Australian Youth State Championships in Coffs Harbour, under the stewardship of Maurice Tillotson.

Upon returning from Russia, John Herdman was appointed coach of the U-20s campaign once again, and is overseeing an Under-18 Development Squad as they take part in the Lion Foundation National Women's League, with the emphasis very much on development at this stage of proceedings, the idea being to gauge individuals in a match environment to determine if they'll be up to scratch on the international stage.

As their campaign progresses, this page will evolve with it, in much the same way Project Russia 2006 developed with that campaign.


New Zealand has qualified for the FIFA 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup Finals in Chile without having to kick a ball in anger.

Theirs was the sole entry received by the Oceania Football Confederation to contest the region's qualifying tournament, which was scheduled for April 2008. Cost was cited by many of the island nations as being a significant factor behind their respective decisions not to contest the U-20 qualifiers.
Renee Leota