New Zealand Men’s Olympic Football team named

New Zealand Men’s Olympic Football team named

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The second team to represent Oceania at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics has been named, with the New Zealand Men’s Olympic Football team confirmed.

The 18-player squad includes ten who were part of the OFC Men’s Nation’s Cup-winning New Zealand side last month.

Under the men’s football competition regulations, Olympic squads are limited to 18 players, at least 15 of whom must be aged 23 and under, with three overage players permitted. Joe Bell, Michael Boxall, and Sarpreet Singh have been selected as the overage contingent.

Head Coach Darren Bazeley is excited to assemble his young side in France:

“The Olympics is a special tournament, so it is great to name the side that will be heading over to Paris 2024 as part of the wider New Zealand Team. With the competition happening outside of a FIFA window, there have been some challenges with clubs releasing players, who are all really keen to be part of the tournament, but that is an issue that numerous countries have faced.

“Over half of this group were part of the All Whites squad that won the OFC Men’s Nations Cup last month, so we are looking to continue that momentum when we get to France.

“This is a rare opportunity for us to test ourselves against some top teams, especially the hosts France in our final group game, and I know all of the players are massively excited and proud to be representing Aotearoa New Zealand.”

New Zealand Men’s Olympic Football Team squad:


Alex Paulsen – AFC Bournemouth, England
Kees Sims – GAIS Göteborg, Sweden


Tyler Bindon – Reading FC, England
Michael Boxall* – Minnesota United, USA
Lukas Kelly-Heald – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand
Matthew Sheridan – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand
Finn Surman – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand
Sam Sutton – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand


Joe Bell* – Viking FK, Norway
Fin Conchie – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand
Matt Garbett – NAC Breda, Netherlands
Ben Old – AS Saint-Etienne, France
Sarpreet Singh* – Unattached


Riley Bidois – Loudoun United, USA
Jay Herdman – Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada
Jesse Randall – Auckland FC, Aotearoa New Zealand
Oskar van Hattum – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand
Ben Waine – Plymouth Argyle, England 

*Players aged over 23

Travelling reserves: 

Lachlan Bayliss – Newcastle Jets, Australia
Liam Gillion – Auckland FC, Aotearoa New Zealand
Henry Gray – Ipswich Town FC, England
Isaac Hughes – Wellington Phoenix, Aotearoa New Zealand

The men’s team has been drawn in Group A at the tournament alongside hosts France, Guinea, and the USA.

Their Paris 2024 campaign begins against Guinea on Thursday 25 July (KO 3 am NZT) in Nice, before facing the USA on Sunday 28 July (KO 5 am NZT), and France on Wednesday, 31 July (KO 5 am NZT), both in Marseille.

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