Carol Waller's career in New Zealand football dates back to the early 1970s, and the formative years of the women's game. She was Auckland's goalkeeper in the first representative women's fixture, against Wellington in 1973, and two years later was number one for New Zealand, as the national side made a triumphant international debut in Hong Kong, where they won the Asian Cup.
While her four appearances for her country are the highlight of Carol's playing career, it is in the administrative side of the game where she has truly made her mark.
Her involvement in this began at Eden AFC, for whom she played and doubled as the club's secretary, a position she held from 1975 until 1996, when the club merged with Mt. Roskill AFC to form Three Kings United.
She continued her secretarial duties at the newly amalgamated club from its inception until 2007 - a 33-year career in club administration all told! - and received life memberships from both the Eden and Three Kings United clubs in recognition of her sterling service over this era.
Throughout this time, Carol has also been synonymous with the administration of Auckland Football (in its various guises), an organisation she continues to serve today.
Be it as Treasurer, Fixtures Officer, Control Board member, Finance Committee and Technical Committee member, Chairperson of the Women's Management Committee and Finance and Promotions Committee, or her current position as Accounts and Events Manager, Carol has been a driving force behind the scenes in Auckland football since 1975.
Indeed, the phrase, “Do you want to ask the man in charge, or the woman who knows what's going on?” could well have been coined with Carol in mind, particularly where Auckland football is concerned!
Administrative duties are not the only avenue via which Carol has served one of the New Zealand game's strongholds. On numerous occasions since 1980, she has been team manager for any number of Auckland's representative teams, most notably for the title-winning “A Team” squad which has dominated the game at representative level for the vast majority of this time.
Of course, Carol's administrative prowess hasn't been confined to the area north of the Bombay Hills, for she has been a stalwart at national body level for several years also, particularly in the women's game.
Since 1976, when a New Zealand Women's Football Association council member, she has helped to steer the women's game along on a variety of committees, the highlight her chairpersonship of the Women's Soccer Association of New Zealand in the final years of the twentieth Century.
She has also been a member of the Oceania Football Confederation's Women's Committee, and has served on a couple of FIFA women's committees in recent years, and as a FIFA match commissioner at age-grade Women's World Cup Finals in that time.