Tokyo Olympics: Abby Erceg (Football)

  • 01/01/2021

Abby Erceg

Age: 31

Born: November 20, 1989

Event: Football

Position: Defender

Coach: Tom Sermanni

Height: 1.77m

Previous Olympics: 2008, 2012, 2016

Erceg is the first NZ player - male or female - to make 10 appearances for the national team.

She began her career with Three Kings, before her first overseas contract with Adelaide United in 2011.

Since then, she has played for German club Jena, before moving to the US Women's League with Chicago Red Stars, Western New York Flash and, most recently, North Carolina Courage, which she now captains.

In 2018, the Courage won the NWSL, with Erceg named to the Best XI and Defender of the Year. The following season, they retained their title, with Erceg named to the Second XI.

Erceg debuted for the Football Ferns as a 16-year-old against China in 2006 and attended the Women's World Cup in China the following year, followed by the U20 World Cup in Chile and Beijing Olympics in 2008, and 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany.

Named captain in 2014, she contested the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada and 2016 Rio Olympics, before retiring in 2017, returning in 2018 and retiring again three months later.

Erceg came back for the 2019 Women's World Cup and has since chalked up 141 appearances for the Football Ferns, making her the most experience player on the Tokyo Olympic squad.