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Australia women's national soccer team

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]

Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Matildas
AssociationFootball Federation Australia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachAnte Milicic
CaptainSam Kerr
Most capsCheryl Salisbury (151)
Top scorerLisa De Vanna (47)
FIFA codeAUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady (29 March 2019)[1]
Highest4 (December 2017)
Lowest16 (October 2006)
First international
 Australia 2–2 New Zealand 
(Sutherland, Australia; 6 October 1979)
Biggest win
 Australia 21–0 American Samoa 
(Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998)
Biggest defeat
 United States 9–1 Australia 
(Ambler, United States; 5 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)
Oceania Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1983)
Best resultWinners (1994, 1998, 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1975)
Best resultWinners (2010)

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]

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
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]

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]

The 1980sEdit

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 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.[14]

The 1990sEdit

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.[15]

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.[16] During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup.[17] In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1.[18]

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.[15]

The 2000sEdit

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.[15] 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.[19]

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.[20] The Matildas won their first Olympic game ever against Greece, and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals,[21] losing to Sweden 2–1.[22]

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 CupEdit

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,[23] 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 tournamentsEdit

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 2010sEdit

External video
  Aussies Abroad: The Matildas (ESPN) retrieved 12/18/2013

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26]

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,[27] 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,[28] who avenged the defeat one year prior in the penalty shootouts as goalkeeper Bárbara saved Alanna Kennedy's kick.[29]

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.[30] The Matildas went on to defeat Japan 4–2 and Brazil 6–1 to finish as the inaugural tournament champions.[31] 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,[32] and an even larger crowd of nearly 17,000 attending the next match 3 days later in Newcastle.[33]

In December 2017, Matildas were awarded the Public Choice Team of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

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.[37] 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.[38] Former men's national team assistant Ante Milicic was later appointed coach.[39]

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on 7 June–7 July 2019, including for a friendly match against Netherlands on 31 May 2019.[40]

Caps and goals are current as of 5 April 2019 after the match against United States.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lydia Williams (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 31) 77 0   Reign FC
12 1GK Teagan Micah (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0   UCLA Bruins
18 1GK Mackenzie Arnold (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 25) 23 0   Brisbane Roar

2 2DF Gema Simon (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 28) 11 0   Newcastle Jets
4 2DF Clare Polkinghorne (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 30) 116 9   Houston Dash
5 2DF Laura Alleway (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 29) 60 2   Melbourne Victory
7 2DF Steph Catley (vice-captain) (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25) 71 2   Reign FC
14 2DF Alanna Kennedy (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 24) 77 7   Orlando Pride
21 2DF Ellie Carpenter (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 19) 31 1   Portland Thorns
23 2DF Teigen Allen (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 25) 40 0   Melbourne Victory

3 3MF Aivi Luik (1985-03-18) 18 March 1985 (age 34) 21 0   Levante
6 3MF Chloe Logarzo (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 37 6   Washington Spirit
8 3MF Elise Kellond-Knight (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 28) 106 1   Reign FC
10 3MF Emily van Egmond (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 25) 85 18   Orlando Pride
13 3MF Tameka Yallop (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 27) 78 10   Klepp IL
19 3MF Katrina Gorry (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 26) 73 14   Brisbane Roar
22 3MF Amy Harrison (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 23) 10 0   Washington Spirit

9 4FW Caitlin Foord (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 71 16   Portland Thorns
11 4FW Lisa De Vanna (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 34) 147 47   Sydney FC
15 4FW Emily Gielnik (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 27) 28 7   Melbourne Victory
16 4FW Hayley Raso (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 24) 34 3   Portland Thorns
17 4FW Mary Fowler (2003-02-14) 14 February 2003 (age 16) 4 0   Bankstown City
20 4FW Sam Kerr (captain) (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 25) 76 31   Chicago Red Stars

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Perth Glory FC 2019 Cup of Nations
GK Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Western Sydney Wanderers v.   England, 9 October 2018

DF Elizabeth Ralston (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Sydney FC v.   United States, 4 April 2019
DF Larissa Crummer (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 23) 23 4   Newcastle Jets v.   Chile, 10 November 2018 PRE

MF Alex Chidiac (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 20) 17 1   Atlético Madrid 2019 Cup of Nations
MF Teresa Polias (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 29) 11 0   Sydney FC 2019 Cup of Nations
MF Amy Sayer (2001-11-30) 30 November 2001 (age 17) 3 0   Sydney FC v.   Chile, 10 November 2018 INJ

FW Kyra Cooney-Cross (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 17) 0 0   Melbourne Victory 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup SBY
FW Kyah Simon (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 27) 87 24   Houston Dash 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup SBY
FW Princess Ibini (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 19) 6 0   Sydney FC 2019 Cup of Nations
FW Allira Toby (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Brisbane Roar FC 2019 Cup of Nations TOP
FW Michelle Heyman (1988-07-04) 4 July 1988 (age 30) 61 20   Adelaide United v.   Chile, 13 November 2018

Notes:

  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • SBY Stand-by list.
  • TOP Train-on player.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Ante Milicic
Assistant coach   Gary van Egmond
Assistant coach   Melissa Andreatta
Assistant coach   Ivan Jolic
Goalkeeping coach   John Gorza

RecordsEdit

Most capsEdit

# Player Span Caps Goals
1 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–2009 151 38
2 Lisa De Vanna 2004– 147 47
3 Heather Garriock 1999–2011 130 20
4 Clare Polkinghorne 2006– 116 9
5 Joanne Peters 1996–2009 110 28
6 Elise Kellond-Knight 2007– 106 1
7 Anissa Tann 1988–2002 102 8
8 Kyah Simon 2007– 87 24
9 Kate Gill 2004–2015 86 41
Dianne Alagich 1995–2008 3
Melissa Barbieri 2002–2015 0

Most goalsEdit

# Player Span Goals Caps
1 Lisa De Vanna 2004– 47 147
2 Kate Gill 2004–2015 41 86
3 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–2009 38 151
4 Sarah Walsh 2004–2012 32 70
5 Samantha Kerr 2009– 31 76
6 Joanne Peters 1996–2009 28 110
7 Kyah Simon 2007– 24 87
8 Heather Garriock 1999–2011 20 130
Michelle Heyman 2010– 61
10 Emily Van Egmond 2010– 18 85

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Historical results and fixturesEdit

Years Article
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)

HonoursEdit

Major tournamentsEdit

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

Minor tournamentsEdit

Competitive recordEdit

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

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 3 13
  1999 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 3 7
  2003 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 5
  2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 9 7
  2011 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7
  2015 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 1 2 5 5
  2019 Qualified
Total 7/8 0 titles 22 5 5 12 29 44

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6
  2004 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 1 2 3 4
  2008 Did not qualify
  2012
  2016 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 8 5
  2020 To be determined
Total 3/6 0 titles 11 2 4 5 13 15

OFC Women's ChampionshipEdit

OFC Women's Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1983 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 20 3
  1986 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 0 2 4 6
  1989 Third place 3rd 4 1 1 2 7 6
  1991 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 21 1
  1994 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 13 2
  1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 49 1
  2003 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 45 0
Total 7/7 3 titles 28 19 2 7 159 19

AFC Women's Asian CupEdit

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Runners up 2nd 6 4 2 0 15 2
  2008 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 7 9
  2010 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 7 3
  2014 Runners up 2nd 5 3 1 1 9 5
  2018 Runners up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 4
Total 5/5 1 title 30 16 6 8 61 29
  • An Australian representative side participated in the 1975 AFC Women's Championship however these games are not recognised as official Australian international fixtures. The participants were the NSW State Team that the organisers had labelled as Australia.[42]
  • The 1979 AFC Women's Championship had a team representing Western Australia, but not the Australian National Team.

AFF Women's ChampionshipEdit

AFF Women's Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2004 Did not participate
  2006
  2007
  2008 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 21 1
  2011 Did not participate
  2012
2013–present See Australia women's national under-20 soccer team
Total 1/6 1 title 5 5 0 0 21 1

See alsoEdit

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