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FIFA U17 womens world cup.jpg
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24 October 2008 - Young Football Ferns captain Briony Fisher says home crowd support could give her team the boost they need to start the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with an upset over Canada on Tuesday night at North Harbour Stadium.

New Zealand may start as outsiders alongside Denmark, Colombia and Canada in Group A of the 16 nation event, but Fisher and her team are not shying away from the chance to make history by aiming to be the first kiwi football side to make the second round of a World Cup.

"This is such an important tournament, and to be playing it on our own soil is such an honour," Fisher said.

"We're against history, given that no New Zealand team has ever got past the group stage, but I see that as an amazing challenge. We're excited to go out there and show how hard we have been working for the past 19 months."

With the Local Organising Committee in full swing promoting the inaugural tournament, Fisher and her ambitious teenaged teammates could be excused for any nerves in the World Cup opener, but the seventeen year old defender says her side plan to channel the energy of the North Harbour crowd.

"There's talk of 10,000 people being in the crowd for Tuesday's game and that will obviously be to our advantage. You can say football is 11 v 11 but in our case we will have 10,011 on our side."

LOC officials are expecting a large walk-up component to Tuesday's crowd and are encouraging fans to book in advance or get to the ground early to avoid delays.

The match kicks off at 7pm but an opening ceremony featuring hundreds of local performers will officially launch the tournament at 6.30 pm.

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