Football: Football Ferns' Eden Park hitout against USA is ultimate World Cup dress rehearsal

The Football Ferns' final hitout against the two-time defending champions USA on Saturday is the best chance they will get to replicate this year's World Cup.

It'll be the first time the Ferns have ever played at Eden Park - the venue where they'll kick off the spectacle in six months' time, and it doesn't get much better than this.

"There's a lot of history behind Eden Park so it's super-exciting to be able to play there and get a feel of the whole environment," Ferns forward Paige Satchell said.

A backdrop soon to be taken over by the World Cup, as New Zealand opens the competition against Norway in six months' time.

Meaning tomorrow's second game against the defending champions is the ultimate dress rehearsal.

"It's going to be very important to get a feel of what it's like, it's always different when you're playing on a field than watching in the stands," Ferns goalkeeper Erin Nayler said.

After attracting a record-breaking 12,500 fans to Sky Stadium, and with tomorrow's match on track to at least match it, they're wanting the stadium full come July.

"Hopefully, come the World Cup, we can get a sell-out stadium just like the Black Ferns did so that's what we're aiming towards," Satchell said.

And aiming for a better performance against the USA - the defending world champions outclassing the Kiwis 4-0.

"For the first game of 2023 I think that we can build on this and look to take away a lot of positives from this last game," USA forward Alex Morgan said.

The Ferns with their own plans to end the series on a high - and hopefully with a goal or two.

"Using our counter-attacking opportunities which is something we want to focus on more and putting them on their back foot," Ferns forward Gabi Rennie said.

Either way, important steps on the road to the World Cup.