Women’s FA cup final

West Ham United
From West Auckland to West Ham, lifelong goals are certainly kicking off for Ria Percival!

We look forward to cheering from the comfort of our armchairs this weekend as past pupil, Ria Percival, and her West Ham team play against Manchester in the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley.

Ria graduated from Green Bay High School in 2007, having already established herself as a prime candidate for taking women’s football to the next level as a professional.

As of Wednesday afternoon 52,000 tickets had already been sold for the game at Wembley, giving the Football Association quiet confidence that a new record attendance for a Women’s FA Cup final will made.

In 2006, Ria made her Football Ferns debut playing against China; and went on to represented NZ in the 2006 Women’s U-20 World Cup finals in Russia and again at the 2008 Women’s U-20 World Cup in Chile, where she scored both of New Zealand’s goals in their 3–2 loss to Nigeria.

Ria represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in China as well as the 2008 Summer Olympic games.

On 9 March 2011 Percival earned her 50th A-international cap in a 5–0 loss to Mexico in the playoff for 7th place at the Cyprus Cup. She contested her fifth major tournament when she appeared in all three of New Zealand’s games at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany – playing in all four of New Zealand’s games at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Ria featured for all three of New Zealand’s matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, taking her to World Cup tally of 9 matches. Not to mention playing in all three of New Zealand’s games at the 2016 Summer Olympics. And went on to play for FF USV Jena of the Bundesliga, the highest level of women’s football in Germany.

In 2018 Ria was part of the West Ham team when it was announced that West Ham Ladies had successfully applied to join the WSL, the top league in England’s professional women’s football. We look forward to watching the match unfold!