Westfield Matildas a sell-out in Penrith

Westfield Matildas clash with Brazil in Penrith is officially a sell-out.

All available tickets for the clash between the Westfield Matildas and Brazil at Pepper Stadium, Penrith on 16 September have sold out almost two weeks in advance of the game.

Tickets are still available for the second match between the two high-ranking women’s teams in Newcastle on Tuesday 19 September.

Tickets and information are available here http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets.

“World-class performances by the Westfield Matildas to beat the USA, Japan and Brazil at the recent Tournament of Nations in the US have captured the attention of football fans around the world,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.

“We’re delighted to be able to partner with the New South Wales government to bring the Westfield Matildas and Brazil to Penrith and Newcastle so that local fans – and especially families with young players – can see some of the world’s best women playing locally.

“With the Westfield Matildas now ranked 6th in the FIFA world rankings, our intention to bid for the right to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, and our Westfield W-League starting its 10th season later this year, women’s football in Australia has never been in better shape.

“When you combine that with the fact that women’s football is the fastest growing area of the sport at grassroots level you can understand why there is such intense interest in seeing our star players perform in less than two weeks from now.”


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

FFA pays tribute to Westfield Matildas star

Sam Kerr has been shortlisted for the World Player of the Year award.

Friday, 18 August 2017 

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today congratulated Sam Kerr on being shortlisted for the 2017 Best FIFA Women’s Player award.

FFA CEO David Gallop paid tribute to Kerr for her recognition and outstanding achievements this year.

“Sam is the first Australian ever to be nominated for this award and she richly deserves the recognition.  She is part of an outstanding Westfield Matildas team and together they demonstrate the quality of women’s football in this country,” said Gallop.

“Sam and her team mates will be playing Brazil in Penrith and Newcastle on September 16 and 19 and I urge everyone who can to get out to the game and experience this Westfield Matildas team playing live,” concluded Gallop.

Fans can vote on The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 from Monday 21 August. Click here for details on how to vote.

Kerr was a standout for the Westfield Matildas in the recent Tournament of Nations, scoring four goals and setting up a number of others as the Matildas defeated hosts USA for the very first time before beating fellow top ten nations Japan, in which Kerr scored a first half hat-trick, and Brazil to claim the trophy.

Kerr, who plays for Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League and Sky Blue FC in the United States’ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), scored a hat-trick in Australia’s 4-2 victory over Japan and the final goal in the 6-1 demolition of Brazil, as well as two assists.

She has been in similar form for her American club side Sky Blue FC, with 11 goals and three assists this season.  That tally has made her the highest scorer in the history of the NWSL with 37 goals.

The talented Fremantle born 23 year old has already picked up two NWSL Player of the Week and two NWSL Player of the Month awards so far this season.

Sam Kerr celebrates a goal during the Westfield Matildas triumph at the Tournament of Nations.Speaking from New Jersey, Kerr said it was humbling to be shortlisted alongside nine of the world’s best players.

“It’s exciting and a massive honour,” said Kerr.

“There are some great players in that list and all I can say at the moment is that it’s very humbling and a great honour to be shortlisted for this accolade.”

After recovering from an ankle injury that kept her out for an extended period in 2016, Kerr played injury free during the last Westfield W-League campaign in a season that saw her awarded the Julie Dolan Medal as the best player in the competition.

Not one to talk up her fast-growing reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and formidable players, Kerr believes much of what she has achieved so far this year comes down to being injury free and just enjoying her football.

“I think I’ve said it a thousand times over the past two weeks, I’m not one to read things about myself or get carried away but it’s nice to feel the love from people,” said Kerr.

Sam Kerr races clear of the Brazil defence during the Westfield Matildas 6-1 win at the Tournament of Nations.“I’m injury free which has helped and it has been my first opportunity to play competitive football without any niggles for over a year so I’m fit and healthy and really enjoying being out there playing.”

“These things (being shortlisted) don’t happen alone. My team mates and the staff I have worked with are a big part of it and there are a lot of people that make a difference, both on and off field, so I’m grateful for all of the support they have given me.”

Kerr, who turns 24 in September, is scheduled to arrive back in Australia on 13 September ahead of the Westfield Matildas’ two international matches against Brazil.

“I think I can still get better and have still got a lot of learning and growing up to do,” said Kerr.

“People say that you peak as a player at 28 so hopefully I can be even better in three or four years,” concluded Kerr.

Tickets and match information for Penrith on September 16 and Newcastle on September 19 are available here: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Fans can vote on The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 from Monday 21 AugustClick here for details on how to vote.

For more information on the awards, click here.

The candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017, in alphabetical order, are:

Lucy Bronze (ENG – Manchester City Women)
Deyna Castellanos (VEN – Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
Pernille Harder (DEN – Linkopings / VfL Wolfsburg (Women))
Sam Kerr (AUS – Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC)
Carli Lloyd (USA – Houston Dash / Manchester City Women)
Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
Lieke Martens (NED – FC Barcelona Femeni)
Vivianne Miedema (NED – Arsenal Women)
Wendie Renard (FRA – Olympique Lyonnais Feminin)
Jodie Taylor (ENG – Arsenal Women)

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Fans inspired by chance to see world class Matildas live

The Matildas celebrate Tameka Butt's goal in their win over the USA.

Friday, 18 August 2017 

Staff writer
Stellar victories over the USA, Japan and Brazil by the Westfield Matildas have prompted the strongest domestic ticket sales for women’s international football since the Sydney Olympics.

With a month to go before Sam Kerr, Lisa De Vanna, Steph Catley and the rest of our world-class women take on Brazil in two international matches at home, more than 10,000 tickets have been sold to the Penrith fixture on September 16 and approximately 7,000 have been sold for Newcastle three days later.  FFA is hoping fans will make both matches sell outs.

Sam Kerr has been shortlisted for the World Player of the Year award.FFA CEO David Gallop, said the ticket sales reflected the buzz the Westfield Matildas had created by their stunning victories at the Tournament of Nations in the United States earlier this month.

“There are still plenty of good seats left for the games in Penrith and Newcastle and we urge everyone who can to get there.  While our recent performances are proof of the increasing quality of women’s football in this country, I also think this team will come to be recognised as a golden generation of Australian players.”

Tickets and match information for Penrith on September 16 and Newcastle on September 19 are available here: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Les Murray inspired Matildas to Brazil win: De Vanna

Lisa De Vanna holds the Tournament of Nations trophy aloft.

The passing of Australian football broadcasting great Les Murray inspired the Westfield Matildas in their 6-1 thrashing of Brazil in the USA, it’s been revealed.

Star striker Lisa De Vanna revealed the death this week of the immensely popular broadcaster struck a chord with the Australian women, as they prepared to face the South Americans in California on Friday (AEST) in the Tournament of Nations.

“Today was emotional,” De Vanna told AAP’s Ben McKay (@benmackey) after the win.

“Staj [coach Alen Stajcic] usually puts different things in team meetings and today it was all about Les.

“You could tell in Staj’s voice how much he and [fellow SBS commentator] Johnny Warren meant to him and the game.

“For obviously Polks [Clare Polkinghorne] and Lydia [Williams] who are senior players, we obviously knew all about his legacy and what this man fought for.

Lisa De Vanna holds off a Brazilian defender during the Westfield Matildas 6-1 win at the Tournament of Nations.“Just like we are fighting to be the best team, to be recognised and to lift the game and the women’s game in Australia.”

De Vanna was one of the keys to the romp against the Brazilians, scoring twice and proving a constant menace alongside Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord.

She is now the all-time leading goalscorer in the Matildas with 42 goals, one ahead of the great Kate Gill.

Australia’s win, their third straight in the Tournament of Nations, ensured they held aloft the trophy, their first silverware since the 2010 Asian Cup.

“Les was a pioneer. Staj laid out how he was like us women, fighting to show what we can do. And for Australia.

“A lot of the girls took that advice onto the field and it showed.

“To go out and score six goals, it was a bit of a dedication to Les,” De Vanna added.

The NSW Government has confirmed there will be a state funeral for Les Murray.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

FFA hails Westfield Matildas emphatic tournament win

Matildas Tournament of Nations goals wrap

Football Federation Australia Chairman, Steven Lowy AM, says the Westfield Matildas have become one of the country’s best sports teams following their Tournament of Nations win in the United States earlier today.

The Westfield Matildas went unbeaten through the tournament, defeating the world champion United States team 1-0 for the first time in the first match, beating Japan 4-2 in the second match and demolishing Brazil 6-1 in their third and final match today [Friday].

“Huge congratulations to the players, coach Alen Stajcic and staff on behalf of the entire football community in Australia.  This week of outstanding performances has been long in the making and proof of the development in women’s football in this country,” Mr Lowy said.

“The players showed great technical skill and teamwork combined with guts, determination and Aussie spirit.  They executed Alen Stajcic’s tactics with perfection.  To see them chasing down every ball and putting in strong challenges right into the 90th minute against Brazil while leading 6-1 says everything you need to know about this group.

“The great news is that they will be playing Brazil again right here in Australia in the very near future and I hope everyone who can will get out and support them.”

WATCH: Australia smash Brazil 6-1

The Westfield Matildas will play Brazil in two matches, the first in Penrith on 16 September and the second in Newcastle on 19 September.

Tickets are available from  www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Mr Lowy said the team’s success boded well for qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and lent credence to FFA’s intention to bid the 2023 event.

“More and more people here and around the world are beginning to understand just how good these players are,” he said. “On and off the field they are an example for young players and will inspire more kids to get into football.

“Women’s football is the fastest growing part of a fast growing game with more than 270,000 women and girls playing. We are working with everyone else involved in running football to improve coaching and facilities as well as pay and conditions for our professional players.”

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas: story so far in TON

The Westfield Matildas celebrate after their history-making win over the USA at the Tournament of Nations.

Alen Stajcic’s Australians have lit up the Tournament of Nations (TON) in the USA over the last week.

Ahead of their final game against Brazil on Friday morning (AEST), we review the story so far for the in-form Westfield Matildas.


The Tournament of Nations in the US has seen the Australians make a powerful statement against some powerful nations. It’s been hugely impressive so far, with one game to go.

In Seattle, Australia kicked off their tournament with one of the toughest tasks in women’s world football – a clash with USA on American soil.

And after a slow start, it was looking like the match might go the way of the previous 27 clashes between these two.

The US were in their groove early but you could see signs that this Aussie side wasn’t going to roll over.

Australia’s high press, game plan and technique began to show against a US side that is trying to bring through a new generation of stars.

Westfield Matildas players celebrate Tameka Butt's goal in their 1-0 win over USA.Tameka Butt with the composed second half finish to register the historic 1-0 win – Australia’s first victory over the US at their 28th attempt.

Buoyed with that win, Australia met regional rivals Japan. And it really was the Sam Kerr show in San Diego.

Kerr, 23, smashed Japan in the first half – scoring a hat-trick to give Australia a 3-1 lead at the break. Emily Van Egmond with the penalty to make it four before a late consolation to the classy Japanese.

A 4-2 win to Australia meaning Alen Stajcic’s side were now on the cusp of winning the tournament ahead of Friday’s clash with Brazil in Carson.


Sam Kerr celebrates one of her three goals against Japan at the Tournament of Nations.RESULTS FOR AUSTRALIA




(Friday 9.15 AM, AEST)


Currently on six points, a win or a draw  against Brazil will give the Matildas the trophy as no team can reach seven or nine points.

To win the tournament, the USA will need Brazil to defeat Australia, and then defeat Japan while overturning the three-goal difference. Australia currently has plus-3 goal difference while the USA is at 0.

The first tie-breaker if the USA and Australia end up tied on points is overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, and then head-to-head result (which Australia holds over the USA).

Brazil and Japan
Currently with one point each, Brazil and Japan cannot win the tournament as the maximum points possible for those teams is four and Australia already has six.


Get your questions in as we analyse and review the Brazil game and tournament with former Matildas star Sarah Walsh and journalist Aidan Ormond on Friday after the clash with the Brazilians.

Set for 1pm (AEST) head to the official Facebook page of the Westfield Matildas (https://www.facebook.com/matildas/) for our “Matildas Facebook Live Review Show”.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Fox Sports to broadcast Westfield Matildas matches

Australia's Tournament of Nations matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 

Staff writer
Fans will have the chance to watch the Westfield Matildas at the Tournament of Nations, following confirmation that Fox Sports will broadcast all of the team’s matches live.

The four team event will see Australia, USA, Japan and Brazil square off in a round robin tournament.

The coverage kicks off on Friday (28 July), when the Matildas take to the field for their opening clash against hosts, USA.

2017 Tournament of Nations – Teams and Schedule

Westfield Matildas (ranked 7th)

Brazil (ranked 8th)

Japan (ranked 6th)

USA (ranked 1st)

Match Day 1 (27 July 2017) – Century Link Field, Seattle

Brazil v Japan

Kick-Off 4:15pm local time (9:15am AEST Friday 28 July)

USA v Westfield Matildas

Kick-Off 7:00pm local time (12:00pm AEST Friday 28 July)

Match Day 2 (30 July 2017) – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Japan v Westfield Matildas

Kick-Off 2:15pm local time (7:15am AEST Monday 31 July)

USA v Brazil

Kick-Off 5:00pm local time (10:00am AEST Monday 31 July)

Match Day 3 (3 August 2017) – StubHub Center, Carson

Westfield Matildas v Brazil

Kick-Off 4:15pm local time (9:15am AEST Friday 4 August)

USA v Japan

Kick-Off 7:00pm local time (12:00pm AEST Friday 4 August)


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

3 memorable matches: Westfield Matildas v US

Lisa De Vanna on the ball against USA in 2008.

The USA vs Westfield Matildas is one of the marquee fixtures in women’s football, and have we had some huge battles with the Americans over the years.

As Australia prepares to meet the US next week at the Tournament of Nations in the USA, here are three of the best games between the two nations in recent times.

USA 3-1 Australia, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

The Matildas showed the world how advanced they’d become with a technically and tactically impressive display against the US in Canada to open their World Cup group campaign.

Lisa De Vanna with an outstanding opener, her low powerful left foot drive beating Hope Solo in the first half as the Aussies dominated the US.

Katrina Gorry in action against the USA at the 2015 FIFA World Cup.The Americans’ greater fitness and experience told in the end with the classy Megan Rapinoe scoring twice, but Alen Stajcic’s Australia showed exactly how far they’d come.

USA 2-1 Australia, friendly 2012

It may’ve just been a friendly but it’s remembered for one of the greatest ever goals scored by a Westfield Matilda.

Just after the half hour mark in California, De Vanna received the ball with back to goal just inside her half.

Defender at her back, she turned on a dime, sped past the pacy Christie Rampone no less and burst through to the US box. Pace to burn, De Vanna cleverly placed her shot past Hope Solo to stun the Americans and open the scoring for the Aussies.

Lisa DeVanna


Australia may’ve lost, but all the talk after was this goal. It was simply world class.

USA 3-2 Australia, friendly 2008

A freak storm delayed the game by almost an hour and it was a freak comeback that had the Aussies in the box seat for a draw in Cary, USA in a friendly.

The hosts were 2-0 up and cruising early in the second half.

Matildas v USA.But in the space of two crazy minutes striker Kate Gill and Cheryl Salisbury got the Aussies back in the game with just minutes left in regulation time.

Carli Lloyd, however, was on hand to head home a winner for the US with almost the last piece of action of this very entertaining clash.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Young Matildas out to build after USA, Canada friendlies

The Young Matildas fell to a 4-1 loss to USA on Wednesday.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 

Staff writer
The Young Matildas wrapped up their week-long camp in Canberra on Wednesday with a defeat at the hands of USA.


*Young Matildas 1-4 USA – Wed July 12

*Young Matildas 1-2 USA – Mon July 10

*Young Matildas 1-0 Canada – Sat July 8


Young Matildas Head Coach Gary van Egmond said the tournament was a valuable experience for his young side, who got a chance to test themselves against the best in the world.

“For us to get quality opposition – to play Canada, and USA twice – they’re both powerhouses in women’s football, it’s fantastic,” van Egmond said.

“We saw what the level of international competition is like, and we now know what we have to do to compete at that level.”

The Young Matildas were preparing for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championships 2017 in October, where they’ll play South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

That tournament also doubles as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 in France.


“Against Canada, we did extremely well,” van Egmond said.

“And for the mainstay of both of the games against the USA, we were very competitive, but there was a drop-off in being able to sustain the level. That’s what we have to work on with the girls.


The Young Matildas made wholesale changes at half time in all three matches, and all goals conceded came after the break.

“We’re doing so well, we’re playing in their half, but we need more goals; more goal-scoring opportunities,” van Egmond said.

“What we’ve done is good, but we need to start taking advantage of it and take our chances.”

Young Matildas v USA in Canberra.

Sydney FC youngster Remy Siemsen impressed in the front third but was unable to get her name on the scoresheet.

“(Siemsen) works very, very hard,” van Egmond said.

“She’s always a threat, but she didn’t score. This is the next level she needs to reach if she’s going to go further.

“She’s doing some really, really good things, but now we need to see how many goals we can get out of her.”


At the other side of the pitch, van Egmond had nothing but praise for his starting defenders.

“At the back, we’ve looked very comfortable,” van Egmond said.

“Clare Hunt and Ellie Carpenter, their combination looks very promising. Clare Wheeler is doing a very good job on the left hand side, and young Kaitlyn Torpey has been doing well at right back.”


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas calendar: massive games in 2017

The Westfield Matildas have some cracking games to look forward in coming months against some of the best women's teams in world football.

The Westfield Matildas can look forward to some huge matches for the remainder of 2017, taking on three of the world’s leading women’s football nations.

Alen Stajcic’s side head to the USA later this month for the 2017 Tournament of Nations, before two high-profile home clashes against South American powerhouse Brazil in September.

Check out the full Westfield Matildas calendar of games below.

Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna celebrates a goal with Caitlin Foord.Westfield Matildas v USA

When: Friday, July 28 at 12pm AEST (7pm local)

Where: Century Link Field, Seattle

Westfield Matildas v Japan

When: Monday, July 31 at 7.15am AEST (2.15pm local)

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Westfield Matildas v Brazil

When: Friday, August 4 at 9.15am (4.15pm local)

Where: StubHub Center, Carson

Westfield Matildas v Brazil

When: Saturday, September 16 at 3pm AEST

Where: Pepper Stadium, Penrith

Westfield Matildas v Brazil

When: Tuesday, September 19 at 7.30pm AEST

Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle


Source  :  Football Federation Australia