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New Zealand professional footballers, 2010

Four women sitting on a bench in various coloured sports uniforms laughing and smiling.

These four women played professionally for overseas clubs in 2010. They are (from left) Kirsty Yallop, who played for Kristianstads in Sweden; Ali Riley, who played for FC Gold Pride in the United States; Hayley Moorwood, who played for Chelsea in England; and Rebecca Smith, who played for Wolfsburg in Germany. Overseas professional experience has significantly strengthened the Football Ferns.

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Neill Atkinson, Steve Watters and Alida Shanks, 'Football - Women's professional football', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Neill Atkinson, Steve Watters and Alida Shanks, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 7 Jun 2023 with assistance from Alida Shanks