|Association||Football Federation Australia|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Ante Milicic|
|Most caps||Cheryl Salisbury (151)|
|Top scorer||Lisa De Vanna (47)|
|Current|| 8 |
|Highest||4 (December 2017)|
|Lowest||16 (October 2006)|
(Sutherland, Australia; 6 October 1979)
(Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998)
(Ambler, United States; 5 June 1997)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1995 )|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1983 )|
|Best result||Winners (1994, 1998, 2003)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1975 )|
|Best result||Winners (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.Under a naming rights deal with Scentre Group and its predecessor, Westfield Group, the team has been branded as Westfield Matildas since 2008.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup. In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1.
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.To promote themselves and raise funds for the team, in 1999 the Matildas posed nude for a calendar, which sold over 40,000 units.
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.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.
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.The Matildas won their first Olympic game ever against Greece, and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, losing to Sweden 2–1.
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.
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,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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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,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, who avenged the defeat one year prior in the penalty shootouts as goalkeeper Bárbara saved Alanna Kennedy's kick.
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.The Matildas went on to defeat Japan 4–2 and Brazil 6–1 to finish as the inaugural tournament champions. 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, and an even larger crowd of nearly 17,000 attending the next match 3 days later in Newcastle.
In December 2017, Matildas were awarded the Public Choice Team of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards.
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.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.
Despite entering 2019 on the back of good form, the Matildas coach Alen Stajcic was sacked from the role in January 2019 by Football Federation Australia (FFA), whose chief executive David Gallop said the decision was based on confidential surveys and conversations with players and staff.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. Former men's national team assistant Ante Milicic was later appointed coach.
For the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Australia was in Group C with Italy, Brazil, and Jamaica. A 2–1 loss to Italy was followed by a 3–2 win against Brazil. This victory was notable for 3 reasons – Australia came back from a 2–0 deficit, these were the first goals conceded by Brazil in the group stage in 16 years and it was their first group stage loss for 24 years.
The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on 7 June–7 July 2019.
Caps and goals are current as of 22 June 2019 after the match against Norway.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Lydia Williams||13 May 1988||82||0|
|12||GK||Teagan Micah||20 October 1997||0||0|
|18||GK||Mackenzie Arnold||25 February 1994||23||0|
|2||DF||Gema Simon||19 July 1990||11||0|
|4||DF||Clare Polkinghorne||1 February 1989||119||9|
|5||DF||Karly Roestbakken||17 January 2001||3||0|
|7||DF||Steph Catley (vice-captain)||26 January 1994||76||2|
|14||DF||Alanna Kennedy||21 January 1995||82||7|
|21||DF||Ellie Carpenter||28 April 2000||36||1|
|23||DF||Teigen Allen||12 February 1994||40||0|
|3||MF||Aivi Luik||18 March 1985||22||0|
|6||MF||Chloe Logarzo||22 December 1994||42||7|
|8||MF||Elise Kellond-Knight||10 August 1990||109||2|
|10||MF||Emily van Egmond||12 July 1993||90||18|
|13||MF||Tameka Yallop||16 June 1991||82||10|
|19||MF||Katrina Gorry||13 August 1992||76||14|
|22||MF||Amy Harrison||21 April 1996||11||0|
|9||FW||Caitlin Foord||11 November 1994||76||17|
|11||FW||Lisa De Vanna||14 November 1984||150||47|
|15||FW||Emily Gielnik||13 May 1992||32||7|
|16||FW||Hayley Raso||5 September 1994||39||3|
|17||FW||Mary Fowler||14 February 2003||4||0|
|20||FW||Sam Kerr (captain)||10 September 1993||81||36|
The following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Eliza Campbell||16 May 1995||2||0||2019 Cup of Nations|
|GK||Jada Mathyssen-Whyman||24 October 1999||0||0||v. |
|DF||Laura Alleway||28 November 1989||60||2||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ|
|DF||Elizabeth Ralston||16 May 1995||0||0||v. |
|DF||Larissa Crummer||10 January 1996||23||4||v. |
|MF||Alex Chidiac||15 January 1999||17||1||2019 Cup of Nations|
|MF||Teresa Polias||16 May 1990||11||0||2019 Cup of Nations|
|MF||Amy Sayer||30 November 2001||3||0||v. |
|FW||Kyra Cooney-Cross||15 February 2002||0||0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup SBY|
|FW||Kyah Simon||25 June 1991||87||24||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup SBY|
|FW||Princess Ibini||31 January 2000||6||0||2019 Cup of Nations|
|FW||Allira Toby||15 August 1994||0||0||2019 Cup of Nations TOP|
|FW||Michelle Heyman RET||4 July 1988||61||20||v. |
|2||Lisa De Vanna||2004–||150||47|
|8||Emily van Egmond||2010–||90||18|
|1||Lisa De Vanna||2004–||47||150|
|13||Emily Van Egmond||2010–||18||90|
|5 October 2018 Friendly|| France ||2–0||Saint-Étienne, France|
|21:00 CEST|| Le Sommer ||Report||Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard |
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)
|9 October 2018 Friendly|| England ||1–1||London, England|
|19:00 BST|| Kirby ||Report|| Polkinghorne ||Stadium: Craven Cottage |
Referee: Florence Guillemin (France)
|10 November 2018Seven Consulting International Series|| Australia ||2–3||Sydney|
|15:30 AEDT||Report||Stadium: Penrith Stadium |
Referee: Rebecca Durcau (Australia)
|28 February 2019 2019 Cup of Nations|| Australia ||2–0||Sydney|
|19:30 AEDT||Report||Stadium: Leichhardt Oval |
Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (Japan)
|3 March 2019 2019 Cup of Nations|| Australia ||4–1||Brisbane, Australia|
|18:00 AEST||Report||Stadium: Suncorp Stadium |
|6 March 2019 2019 Cup of Nations|| Australia ||3–0||Melbourne, Australia|
|18:00 AEDT|| Report |
|Stadium: AAMI Park |
Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (Japan)
|4 April 2019 Friendly|| United States ||5–3||Commerce City, United States|
|19:00 (MDT)||Report||Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park |
Referee: Karen Abt (United States)
|1 June 2019 Friendly|| Netherlands ||3–0||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|18:15 CEST||Report||Stadium: Philips Stadion|
|3 June 2019 Friendly|| Netherlands ||3–1||Netherlands|
|CEST||Report||Attendance: 0 (behind closed doors)|
|9 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup GS|| Australia ||1–2||Valenciennes, France|
|13:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut |
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|13 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup GS|| Australia ||3–2||Montpellier, France|
|18:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade de la Mosson |
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|18 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup GS|| Jamaica ||1–4||Grenoble, France|
|21:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade des Alpes |
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
|22 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup R16|| Norway ||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|21:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Allianz Riviera |
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
|9 November 2019 Friendly|| Australia ||v||Sydney, Australia|
|15:00 AEDT||Source||Stadium: Bankwest Stadium|
|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)|
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|Did not qualify|
|Round of 16||9th||4||2||1||1||9||6|
|Olympic Games record|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|To be determined|
|OFC Women's Championship record|
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record|
|AFF Women's Championship record|
|Did not participate|
|Did not participate|
|2013–present||See Australia women's national under-20 soccer team|
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Stephanie-Elise "Steph" Catley is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Reign FC. She also plays for the Australian women's national team.
Katrina-Lee Gorry is an Australian soccer player currently playing for Brisbane Roar in the W-League. She was the 2014 AFC Women's Player of the Year.
Women's soccer, also known as women's football, is a popular sport in Australia. The sport has a high level of participation in the country both recreational and professional. Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the national governing body of the sport in Australia, organising the W-League, the Australian women's national team, and the nine state governing bodies of the game, among other duties. Women's participation of modern soccer has been recorded since the early 1920s. It has since become one of Australia's most popular women's team sports.
Alanna Stephanie Kennedy is an Australian professional soccer player who currently plays for the Australia women's national soccer team and Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).