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Wellington Phoenix coach looking forward to ‘boom’ of interest during 2023 World Cup

New Zealand’s only professional women’s team hopes to capitalize on hosting World Cup games

The Equalizer recently talked to Wellington Phoenix head coach Natalie Lawrence, who was an assistant coach last season for the club and was promoted after last year’s head coach Gemma Lewis moved home to Wales to take a position with the federation during the A-League Women offseason.

Lawrence has had some involvement as an assistant coach with the Football Ferns national teams’ program, working as an assistant for the U-20 national team and was an assistant for the full national team on a trip to Europe this past summer. She also was an academy director for the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada from 2015 until 2018.

She will look to help New Zealand women’s national team during the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted in both New Zealand and Australia. Lawrence said she’s looking forward to seeing the growth of soccer in Wellington during and after the tournament.

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