Australia women's national soccer team

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Nickname(s) Matildas
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Ante Milicic
Captain Sam Kerr
Most caps Cheryl Salisbury (151)
Top scorer Lisa De Vanna (46)
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady2.svg(7 December 2018) [1]
Highest4 (December 2017)
Lowest16 (October 2006)
First international
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–2 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg
(Sutherland, Australia; 6 October 1979)
Biggest win
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 21–0 American Samoa  Flag of American Samoa.svg
(Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 9–1 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(Ambler, United States; 5 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995 )
Best resultQuarterfinals (2007, 2011, 2015)
Oceania Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1983 )
Best resultWinners (1994, 1998, 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1975 )
Best resultWinners (2010)

The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas (from the Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda"), having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995. [2]

Soccer in Australia association football practiced in Australia

Soccer, also known as football, is the most played outdoor team sport in Australia, and ranks in the top ten for television audience. The national governing body of the sport is Football Federation Australia (FFA), which organises the A-League, W-League, and FFA Cup, as well as the men's and women's national teams. The FFA comprises nine state and territory member federations, which oversee the sport within their respective region.

Football Federation Australia sports governing body

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body of soccer, futsal, and beach soccer within Australia. The FFA is headquartered in Sydney. Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 as the Australian Soccer Federation. It was later reconstituted in 2003 as the Australian Soccer Association before adopting its current name in 2005.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.


Australia is a three-time OFC champion, one-time AFC champion and one-time AFF champion, and became the first ever national team to win in two different confederations (before the men's team did the same in 2015 AFC Asian Cup). The team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on five occasions and at the Olympic Games on two, although has won neither tournament. Immediately following the 2015 World Cup, Australia was ranked ninth in the world by FIFA. [3]

The OFC Women's Nations Cup is a women's association football tournament for national teams who belong to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). It was held every three years from 1983 to 1989. Currently, the tournament is held at irregular intervals. Of the 11 tournaments that have been held, New Zealand won six of them.

AFC Womens Asian Cup

The AFC Women's Asian Cup is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. 19 tournaments have been held, with the current champions being Japan. The competition also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The AFF Women's Championship is the competition in women's football organised by the ASEAN Football Federation, contested by the national teams of nations in Southeast Asia. The official tournament started in 2004, hosted by Vietnam and won by Myanmar.


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Matildas before a game against Italy in 2009

The Australian Women's Soccer Association (AWSA) was founded in 1974 [4] and a representative Australian team competed at the following year's Asian Women's Championship. [5] A national team made up primarily of players from New South Wales and Western Australia was sent to the 1978 inaugural World Women's Invitational Tournament, in Taipei, Taiwan. [6] Australia played against club teams at the tournament and none of the players' appearances counted as official caps. [7] Coached by Jim Selby, the selected players were: Sandra Brentnall (WA), Connie Byrnes (captain, NSW), Julie Clayton (WA), Kim Coates (NSW), Julie Dolan (NSW), Cindy Heydon (NSW), Barbara Kozak (WA), Sharon Loveless (WA), Toni McMahon (NSW), Sue Monteath (QLD), Sharon Pearson (NSW), Judy Pettitt (WA), Anna Senjuschenko (WA), Teresa Varadi (WA), Leigh Wardell (NSW) and Monika Werner (VIC). [8]

The Asian Football Confederation's 1975 AFC Women's Championship was the first AFC Women's Championship. It was held from 25 August to 3 September 1975 in Hong Kong. Participating members were New Zealand, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia. The tournament was won by New Zealand in the final against Thailand.

Taipei Special municipality in Republic of China

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital and a special municipality of Taiwan. Sitting at the northern tip of the island, Taipei City is an enclave of the municipality of New Taipei City that sits about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of the northern port city Keelung. Most of the city is located in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed. The basin is bounded by the relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city's western border.

Taiwan state in East Asia

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. Taiwan is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

Australia's first official international match was against New Zealand at Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday 6 October 1979, as it was billed as the "1st Australian Women's International Soccer Test". The Australian team listed in the match programme was Sue Monteith (Qld), Shona Bass (Vic), Kim Coates (Vic), Dianna Hall (SA), Carla Grims (SA), Fiana McKenzie (SA), Sandra Brentnall (WA), Judith Pettit (WA), Sharon Mateljan (WA), Julie Clayton (WA), Cindy Heydon (NSW), Julie Dolan (NSW), Toni McMahon (NSW), Jamie Rosman (NSW), Rosie van Bruinessen (NSW) and Leigh Wardell (NSW). Jim Selby remained as coach and the managers were Noelene Stanley and Elaine Watson. A lack of resources meant Australia's first eight official matches were all against New Zealand. [9]

Seymour Shaw Park is a football (soccer) stadium in Miranda, New South Wales, Australia. It is the current home ground of the Sutherland Sharks Football Club who play in the state league, the New South Wales Premier League.

The 1980s

Australia played in the first Oceania Cup in 1983 at New Caledonia, losing the final to New Zealand in extra time. It was the first time the Australians faced a team other than the "Football Ferns" of New Zealand. A team would not be assembled again until the next edition of the tournament in 1986 tournament in New Zealand, which featured Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, as well as New Zealand's B team. Australia lost in the final again, beaten 4–1 by Taiwan. [10] [11]

The 1983 OFC Women's Championship was the first OFC Women's Championship of association football.

New Caledonia overseas territory of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean, located to the south of Vanuatu, about 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 20,000 km (12,000 mi) from Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou.

The 1986 OFC Women's Championship was the second OFC Women's Championship of women's association football. It took place in Christchurch, New Zealand from 29 March to 5 April 1986. Four teams participated in the tournament, and a total of eight matches were played.

The late 80s had Australia encountering the American and European teams for the first time in the 1987 Women's World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan, and the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in China. For the latter tournament, the players had to sew themselves the own Australian crests onto the team tracksuits. [12] Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup in Brisbane, the Australians finished third (A team) and fourth (B team). [13] The 1991 tournament doubled as qualifiers for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the winner was determined by the best results from a group.[ citation needed ] Australia finished level on points with New Zealand, but had scored fewer goals, which resulted in New Zealand progressed to the World Cup as OFC representative.[ citation needed ]

The Women's World Invitation Tournament was a triennial global invitational tournament for national and club teams in women's football (soccer). It was held four times, in Taipei, Taiwan. It was one of the most prestigious women's football events, prior to the advent of the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football. The competitions were organised by the Chinese Taipei Football Association and their success brought pressure on the global governing body FIFA to organise its own women's football tournaments. SSG Bergisch Gladbach of West Germany was the most successful participant, with two titles. They signed Taiwan's Chou Tai-ying after the 1987 tournament.

1988 FIFA Womens Invitation Tournament

The 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, or International Women's Football Tournament, was an invitational international women's football tournament organized by FIFA in China from 1 to 12 June 1988. The competition was a test to study if a global women's World Cup was feasible following the experience of non-FIFA invitational competitions such as the Mundialito (1984–88) and the Women's World Invitational Tournament (1978–87). The competition was a success and on 30 June FIFA approved the establishment of an official World Cup for 1991, which would also be held in China.

China State in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

The 1990s

Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally during a tour of Russia in 1994.[ citation needed ] The Oceania tournament in 1994 again doubled as World Cup qualifiers in the same round-robin format. Again, Australia finished even with New Zealand on points but this time had a superior goal difference, and qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup. [11]

Before 1995, the nickname for the women's team was just "Female Socceroos", derivative of the male squad. Thus in 1995 the Australian Women's Soccer Association joined with Special Broadcasting Service to broadcast a naming competition for the female team. Out of five names, the popular vote chose "Matildas", from the song "Waltzing Matilda". The players themselves did not approve of the name, and took years to use the moniker to describe the team. [14]

At the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, Australia were grouped with the United States, China and Denmark. During their opening match against Denmark, they lost 5–0. [15] During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup. [16] In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1. [17]

The Matildas would assert their Continental strength at the 1998 Oceania Cup, which doubled as a World Cup qualifying tournament. Australia thrashed their Pacific island opposition in their group games and semi-final, before defeating hosts New Zealand in the final 3–1 (the only goal conceded for the tournament), and qualifying for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup in USA. At the tournament, Australia was grouped with Sweden, China and Ghana. In their opening match, they secured their first non-loss in a World Cup match with a 1–1 draw against the Ghanaians. Their following group matches were both 3–1 losses, finishing third in the group, but showing improvement on previous tournaments.

Australia still did not have much attention and respect, with the Matildas forced to train with second-hand equipment from the Socceroos, not getting paid and with few games to play. [11] To promote themselves and raise funds for the team, in 1999 the Matildas posed nude for a calendar, which sold over 40,000 units. [14]

The 2000s

The profile built for the sport carried into 2000, where the Matildas had a guaranteed spot for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. While in January a friendly match against the Czech Republic in Melbourne's Bob Jane Stadium attracted only 1,500 spectators, a crowd of 10,000 came to the Matildas' game against China at the Sydney Football Stadium in June. [14] Much anticipation surrounded the team's Olympic performance on home soil, but a 3–0 loss to Germany in their opening game brought those hopes down. A draw with Sweden and a final loss to Brazil ended their tournament in the first round. While the on-field performance was disappointing, attendances at matches were high for women's soccer in Australia, raising the profile of the game.

The team were the host nation for an annual invitational tournament called the Australia Cup, from 1999 to 2004 inclusive, winning it twice.

Following the Olympics, many problems halted the Matildas' schedules. As Ernie Merrick backed out on his intentions to coach the team, Adrian Santrac only took over as manager in November, and Australia played no games in 2001. The following year the team argued over the calendar proceeds with the promoter, and AWSA went defunct, being absorbed by Soccer Australia (current Football Federation Australia). In-between, many players opted to retire from the national team. [18]

In 2003, they won the Oceania Cup and qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they finished in the first round.

The team won the 2004 OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Fiji to return to Olympic tournament in Athens 2004. [19] The Matildas won their first Olympic game ever against Greece, and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, [20] losing to Sweden 2–1. [21]

In 2006, Australia moved from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation, and the country was given hosting rights to the AFC Women's Asian Cup that same year. The opening game for the Matildas was against South Korea. An early own goal by South Korea put the Matilda's up, finishing with 3 goals in the second half to give them a 4–0 win. The second match against Myanmar was also a win to the Matildas, who finished with 2 goals, with Sally Shipard and Lisa De Vanna scoring one a piece. The Matildas went on to reach the final, being defeated 4–2 on penalties by China after having a two-goal half time lead.

2007 World Cup

Australia qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and drawn into Group C. They defeated Ghana 4–1 on 12 September in Hangzhou, [22] followed by a 1–1 draw against Norway at the same venue on 15 September. Thanks to a late goal from Cheryl Salisbury, they drew against Canada 2–2 on 20 September in Chengdu to advance to the knockout round for the first time in team history. Australia came up against Brazil in their elimination match, losing to Brazil 3–2 to end their 2007 World Cup run at the quarter-final stage.

2008 tournaments

The Matildas failed to get through qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics held in 2007, where they lost to Korea DPR both home and away in the final round.

In 2008, the Matildas competed in the 2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup. They were drawn in Group B, placing second in the group with relative ease behind Japan, who they would eventually face in the third place playoff. With the Matildas progressing from the group stage to the semi-finals, they were paired up against Korea DPR. Korea DPR won the match 3–0 and went on to win the tournament. This led them on to the third place playoff, facing Japan for a second time in the tournament and again losing, leaving the Matildas in fourth place.

The 2010s

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In 2010 the Matildas qualified for the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup in China. They beat Vietnam (2–0) and South Korea (3–1) before losing to China 1–0 which made them advance in second place and advance to the Semi Finals where they beat Japan 1–0. The final which was played in wet conditions was history making itself with it being the first senior soccer team (men or women) to make a final in the AFC. They created more history by being the first ever Australian soccer team to win in Asia after beating at the finals the team of Korea DPR in penalties, 5–4, after a regular time score of 1–1 (Australia's goal being scored by Samantha Kerr). The title gave the Matildas a berth at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. [23]

The following year the team contested the World Cup, being sorted into Group D. Despite losing 1–0 to Brazil in the opening game, victories of 3–2 and 2–1 over Equatorial Guinea and Norway respectively qualified the Matildas to the quarterfinals. [24] At the knockout stage, the team lost 3–1 to Sweden. Caitlin Foord was awarded Best Young Player of the tournament, and defender Elise Kellond-Knight was chosen for the All-Star Team.

During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, they became the first Australian team, men's or women's, to win a knockout stage match at a World Cup when they defeated Brazil by a score of 1–0. The goal was scored by Kyah Simon after a shot by Lisa de Vanna was blocked and redirected by goalkeeper Luciana. In the quarterfinals, the Matildas lost to defending champions Japan in a late goal by Mana Iwabuchi. [25]

The following year, they contested in qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympics where they finished on top of the group after defeating all of the opponents bar China, [26] to get to the Olympic Games. Drawn in Group F, Australia lost to Canada, conceded a draw to Germany, and defeated Zimbabwe in a blowout to finish as the best third placed team. The adversary in the quarterfinals were hosts Brazil, [27] who avenged the defeat one year prior in the penalty shootouts as goalkeeper Bárbara saved Alanna Kennedy's kick. [28]

At the 2017 Tournament of Nations event, the Matildas recorded their first ever win over the United States after 27 attempts, defeating them 1–0 in Seattle. [29] The Matildas went on to defeat Japan 4–2 and Brazil 6–1 to finish as the inaugural tournament champions. [30] Following the Tournament of Nations, the Matildas scheduled a series of two friendlies hosting Brazil, with the first match at Penrith Stadium being sold-out, [31] and an even larger crowd of nearly 17,000 attending the next match 3 days later in Newcastle. [32]

In December 2017, Matildas were awarded the Public Choice Team of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards. [33]

At the 2018 AFC Asian Cup, Australia reached the final after defeating Thailand in the semi-final on penalty kicks. They would lose 1-0 to Japan in the final, but nonetheless secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. [34] Later that year at the 2018 Tournament of Nations Australia once again went undefeated, finishing the tournament with two wins and one draw. They were tied with the United States with 7 points, but the US had a superior goal differential and were crowned tournament champions. [35]

Despite entering 2019 on the back of good form, the Matildas coach Alen Stajcic was sacked from the role by Football Federation Australia (FFA), whose chief executive David Gallop said the decision was based on confidential surveys and conversations with players and staff. [36] The decision proved to be very controversial, as the FFA refused to discuss any further specifics as to the reasoning for the decision and was made only months out from a World Cup appearance. Some players, such as Sam Kerr, Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight spoke in support of Stajic and voiced their surprise at his sacking. [37] Former men's national team assistant Ante Milicic was later appointed coach. [38]


Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 Cup of Nations. [39] [40]

Caps and goals are current as of 6 March 2019 after the match against Argentina.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Lydia Williams (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 30)760 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC
121 GK Eliza Campbell (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 23)20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth Glory
181 GK Mackenzie Arnold (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 25)230 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar

22 DF Gema Simon (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 28)100 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets
42 DF Clare Polkinghorne (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 30)1159 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
52 DF Laura Alleway (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 29)602 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory
72 DF Steph Catley (vice-captain) (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25)712 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC
142 DF Alanna Kennedy (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 24)767 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride
212 DF Ellie Carpenter (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 18)301 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
232 DF Teigen Allen (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 25)400 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory

33 MF Aivi Luik (1985-03-18) 18 March 1985 (age 33)210 Flag of Spain.svg Levante
63 MF Amy Harrison (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 22)100 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit
83 MF Elise Kellond-Knight (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 28)1051 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC
103 MF Emily van Egmond (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 25)8418 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride
133 MF Tameka Butt (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 27)7710 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne City
173 MF Alex Chidiac (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 20)171 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
193 MF Teresa Polias (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 28)110 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney FC

94 FW Caitlin Foord (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24)7015 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
114 FW Lisa De Vanna (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 34)14646 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney FC
154 FW Emily Gielnik (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 26)277 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory
164 FW Hayley Raso (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 24)333 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
204 FW Sam Kerr (captain) (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 25)7530 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
224 FW Princess Ibini (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 19)60 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney FC

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Sydney Wanderers v. Flag of England.svg  England, 9 October 2018
GK Casey Dumont (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 27)30 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory 2018 AFC Asian Cup

DF Larissa Crummer (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 23)234 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile, 10 November 2018 PRE
DF Caitlin Cooper (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 31)102 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney FC 2018 AFC Asian Cup

MF Chloe Logarzo (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24)376 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit 2019 Cup of Nations INJ
MF Katrina Gorry (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 26)7214 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile, 10 November 2018
MF Amy Sayer (2001-11-30) 30 November 2001 (age 17)30 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney FC v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile, 10 November 2018 PRE

FW Michelle Heyman (1988-07-04) 4 July 1988 (age 30)6120 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adelaide United v. Flag of Chile.svg  Chile, 10 November 2018
FW Mary Fowler (2003-02-14) 14 February 2003 (age 16)30 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bankstown City v. Flag of England.svg  England, 9 October 2018
FW Kyah Simon (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 27)8724 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash v. Flag of France.svg  France, 5 October 2018


Coaching staff

Head coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ante Milicic
Assistant coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gary van Egmond
Assistant coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melissa Andreatta
Assistant coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ivan Jolic
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Gorza


Most caps

1 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–200915138
2 Lisa De Vanna 2004–14646
3 Heather Garriock 1999–201113020
4 Clare Polkinghorne 2006–1159
5 Joanne Peters 1996–200911028
6 Elise Kellond-Knight 2007–1051
7 Kyah Simon 2007–8724
8 Melissa Barbieri 2002–2015860
9 Emily Van Egmond 2010–8418
10 Tameka Butt 2007–7710

Most goals

1 Lisa De Vanna 2004–46146
2 Kate Gill 2004–20154186
3 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–200938151
4 Sarah Walsh 2004–20123270
5 Samantha Kerr 2009–3075
6 Joanne Peters 1996–200928110
7 Kyah Simon 2007–2481
8 Heather Garriock 1999–201120130
Michelle Heyman 2010–61
10 Emily Van Egmond 2010–1884

Recent results and fixtures



Historical results and fixtures

1975 to 1999 Australia women's national soccer team results (1975–99)
2000 to 2009 Australia women's national soccer team results (2000–09)
2010 onwards Australia women's national soccer team results (2010–19)


Major Tournaments

Winners: 1994, 1998, 2003
Runners-up: 1983, 1986, 1991
Winners: 2010
Runners-up: 2006, 2014, 2018
Winners: 2008

Minor Tournaments

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Group stage12th3003313
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Group stage11th301237
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Group stage13th301235
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Quarter-finals6th412197
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Quarter-finals8th420267
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Quarter-finals7th521255
Flag of France.svg 2019 Qualified
Total7/80 titles2255122944

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000 Group stage7th301226
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Quarter-finals5th411234
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Did not qualify
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Quarter-finals7th412185
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 To be determined
Total3/60 titles112451315

OFC Women's Championship

OFC Women's Championship record
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1983 Runners-up2nd4211203
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1986 Runners-up2nd420246
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1989 Third place3rd411276
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1991 Runners-up2nd4301211
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 1994 Champions1st4301132
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1998 Champions1st4400491
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Champions1st4400450
Total7/73 titles28192715919

AFC Women's Asian Cup

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2006 Runners up2nd6420152
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2008 Fourth place4th520379
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2010 Champions1st540173
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2014 Runners up2nd531195
Flag of Jordan.svg 2018 Runners up2nd5131114
Total5/51 title3016686129

AFF Women's Championship

AFF Women's Championship record
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2004 Did not participate
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2006
Flag of Myanmar.svg 2007
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2008 Champions1st5500211
Flag of Laos.svg 2011 Did not participate
Flag of Vietnam.svg 2012
2013–presentSee Australia women's national under-20 soccer team
Total1/61 title5500211

See also

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Japan womens national football team womens national association football team representing Japan

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Papua New Guinea womens national football team national association football team

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Alen Stajcic Australian soccer player

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Homare Sawa Japanese footballer

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Michelle Heyman association football player

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Kyah Simon Association footballer

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Sam Kerr Australian womens soccer player

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Caitlin Foord Australian association football player

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Sarah Gregorius New Zealand association footballer

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The list shown below shows the Australia women's national soccer team all-time international record against opposing nations. The stats are composed of FIFA Women's World Cup, OFC Women's Nations Cup, AFC Women's Asian Cup, and Summer Olympic Games matches, as well as numerous international friendly tournaments and matches.

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