Zoe McMeeken

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#2 ZOE MCMEEKEN – DOB 11/3/04

> History

McMeeken was the youngest member of the inaugural women’s squad at 17, having joined the Phoenix from Lincoln High School.

The athletic fullback previously played for the Canterbury United Pride, who won a third successive national title in 2020, and represented New Zealand at secondary school and under-16 level.

McMeeken was part of the New Zealand U-17 side that finished second at the international women’s youth football tournament in China in 2019.

She was selected to attend the 2019 OFC U-16 Women’s Championship, but it was postponed to 2020 due to the measles outbreak, then cancelled due to Covid.

Despite her age, McMeeken was a key member of the women’s team in their maiden campaign, starting all but one of their matches.

She was rewarded with selection in the New Zealand squad for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

McMeeken came off the bench in all three of the Junior Football Ferns’ group matches and will still be eligible to play for the team at the next U-20 World Cup in 2024.

Upon her return home she signed a new one-year deal with the Phoenix.

> 2022-23 season

Zoe McMeeken was limited to just seven appearances, six of which were off the bench.

McMeeken spoke to incoming head coach Paul Temple and returning assistant Callum Holmes at the conclusion of the 2022-23 A-League and opted to remain in Wellington to play for the club’s reserves.

She primarily played at left back for the Phoenix reserves and was given a bit more attacking license.

McMeeken was one of nine Nix in the New Zealand squad that won an eighth OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Fiji in July and secured a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia.









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