The Football Ferns’ World Cup is over but the next big global tournament is less than a year away.
After exiting the home World Cup at the group stage, the Football Ferns return to the pitch next month for two games in the international window as they look towards qualifing for the 2024 Olympic Games.
The review into their World Cup campaign, which kicked off with the first win for any senior New Zealand football side at a World Cup, will start this week and be concluded next week.
Coach Jitka Klimkova is contracted until the next World Cup in 2027 in a role she says she is proud of, but she expects the review with players, coaches and New Zealand Football to be very detailed.
Everyone involved in the Football Ferns’ World Cup campaign took a couple of days off after their last game in Dunedin which ended their World Cup and now that Klimkova is back at work she is already looking at how the team can grow ahead of their upcoming challenges.
Qualifers for the Olympics are in February with the Games taking place in France in July.
The Football Ferns will play in September, sit out the October international window before playing twice at the end of November all with getting a spot at the Olympics in mind.
Klimkova wants her older World Cup squad members, like co-captains Ali Riley and Ria Percival, to stick around a little longer.