The Football Ferns national women's team will be looking for a new goalkeeper with veteran Jenny Bindon retiring at the age of 40.
Bindon, who won 77 caps in a 10-year career, announced her decision today.
She said a love of family overcame her passion for international football.
"It was extremely tough to make the decision," Bindon said. "My mind would play football forever but the body is also a part of that.
"The plan was to go Rio [2016 Olympic Games] but I'm moving on with the next chapter and it's time for me to be with my young family.
"Family is important to me and I've been fortunate to have my family in America and my new family in New Zealand around and supporting me. It wasn't just me at the World Cups, I was representing them too."
Bindon, who played in two World Cup finals and two Olympic Games tournaments, said she was proud to have played her part in the Football Ferns' rise up the rankings to 16th in the world.
"The biggest change is that girls have become professional. The attitude adjustment into the vision of what the Ferns have become has been huge. The athletes are now reaping the rewards of being a professional.
"I'm so proud to be a part of it, not just as an individual but it's been a great team effort. You dream about being involved in things like what I've experienced."
Football Ferns coach Tony Readings said Bindon had been a key cog in the set up of the New Zealand side.
"Over the time she has been in our group the team has improved tremendously and Jenny herself has followed that same curve of development," he said.
"Jenny has played a big role in the progression of our team and she has also raised the level of women's goalkeeping in New Zealand.
"Her legacy includes not only her achievements on the pitch but also setting a higher standard for future New Zealand goalkeepers to follow."
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