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Association football, also known as football or soccer, is a popular recreation sport in New Zealand. The sport is administered in New Zealand by the governing body New Zealand Football (NZF). It is the third-most popular men's team sport after rugby union and cricket .
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In New Zealand, most people use the word soccer not football. The reason is Rugby Football is still the National Game in New Zealand and if others use the name football for soccer then some others get confused, as football in the past in NZ meant ...
It was founded in 1891, as the New Zealand Football Association and became officially affiliated with FIFA in 1948. In May 2007, the organisation was renamed New Zealand Football (NZF), replacing the word "soccer" with " football " in line with the common usage in other parts of the world. Although formal organisations for football have always referred to the sport as football, it has commonly been called soccer.
New Zealand's first international football match was played in Dunedin at the old Caledonian Ground on 23 July 1904 against a team representing New South Wales. New Zealand lost by the game's only goal, but drew with the same team 3–3 in a game at Athletic Park, Wellington seven days later.
New Zealand is currently a member of FIFA and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The team's official nickname is the All Whites. New Zealand would become one of the founder members of the Oceania Football Confederation in 1966 which was founded between Charles Dempsey and his Australian colleague Jim Bayutti in founding the federation.
Answer (1 of 3): I played soccer when I was a kid, and that’s what it was called. The rugby kids thought it was hilarious to call soccer players gay, and would come up with hilarious things like “soccer players always get a kiss and a cuddle when they score a goal”.
Although football and soccer are the two most common terms, some countries call it something else entirely, such as Italy, which refers to it as calcio, meaning to kick. The countries that refer to the sport as soccer, or some translation of this word, include Canada, Ireland, North Ireland, South Africa, Lesotho, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.