HAYLEY MOORWOOD

Born: Feb. 13, 1984, in Auckland, New Zealand

Position: Midfielder

Clubs played for: Lynn-Avon United (New Zealand), Ottawa Fury (Canada), Fencibles United (New Zealand), Chelsea L.F.C. (England)

International career: Moorwood scored in her international debut for New Zealand, a 15-0 victory over Samoa in 2003. She went on to earn 50 caps for the Football Ferns, becoming only the fourth player in the team's history to reach the milestone. Aside from playing at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, Moorwood also represented her country at the 2008 Olympics and helped New Zealand win the silver medal at last year's Cyprus Cup, where they lost to Canada in the final.

Why is she so special? Moorwood is a solid box-to-box midfielder, noted for her athleticism on the field. As New Zealand's captain and one of the team's few players who earn a living playing in Europe, she provides invaluable leadership on a young Kiwi side that lacks experience.

She said it: "It's a great feeling to know that we're going to the Women's World Cup. It's a huge event and we're really excited."

Here's an interesting fact: Moorwood's fiance is Daniel Bowden, a New Zealand rugby star who plays professionally in England with London Irish.