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Rosie White

I am Rosie White, 26 years old, and I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. I started playing football when I was 4 with my older brother. I’ve played for New Zealand since I was 15. 

 Rosie White

I am Rosie White, 26 years old, and I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. I started playing football when I was 4 with my older brother. I’ve played for New Zealand since I was 15. 

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What has been your football journey up until now? 

There have been a lot of ups and downs. I’ve had a few significant injuries, ACL, double foot surgery, concussion. Playing for NZ has been the greatest thing in my career, it’s what motivates me.

What did you try to show with the photos? Was there any wider meaning with any of the photos?

Most of the photos are taken on tour with my NZ teammates. Some are during clinics that I run in NZ for young female players.  I tried to show behind the scenes, the faces, the relationships, the quiet moments.

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What are the biggest changes happening at the moment in women's football?

Changes around inequality - we are always fighting for better treatment. There are some countries who are leading the charge, the likes of the US, England, France and Australia. The game has come so far, yet we have to keep pushing. 

What does football mean to you? Do you have a message for the next generation of young female footballers?

Football has been the greatest gift in my life. It’s been my source of motivation, taken me all over the world, and introduced me to my best friends. I think there is so much to come in the future - the next generations are going to have more opportunities in football and I am excited to see it. 

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What are the opportunities for female footballers in New Zealand?

Unfortunately, the opportunities are limited in NZ - most of our top players play overseas. However, there is nothing better than representing NZ.

What is the future for New Zealand women's football?

I think the future is bright  - I hope our federation really starts to invest in the Women’s game, because there is a lot of work to do. I would love to see a New Zealand team in the Australian W-League. 

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