Youthful Westfield Matildas hitting their peak: van Egmond

The Westfield Matildas are flying after five straight wins.

Westfield Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond says Australia are starting to reap the rewards from exposing some of the team’s key players to international football at a young age.

YOUTHFUL MATILDAS THRIVING

Having made her international debut at 17, van Egmond, now 24, is one of the more experienced faces in the Matildas squad having made 63 appearances for the national team.

But she’s not alone.

Superstar attacker Sam Kerr (55 appearances) earned her senior debut at just 15, while Caitlin Foord (58 appearances) scored on her full debut against New Zealand as a 16-year-old.

Fullback Steph Catley (62 appearances) also debuted at just 18 in 2012, while more recently Ellie Carpenter was capped as a 16-year-old in 2016.

Alanna Kennedy (22) has 57 appearances for the Matildas while Tameka Butt (26) and Elise Kellond-Knight (27) have 61 and 85 caps respectively.

And it’s that experience which van Egmond believes the Matildas are starting to profit from.

“We’re very fortunate because we’re still quite a young team,” van Egmond told Matildas.footballaustralia.com.au .

“Tom Sermanni (former Matildas coach) brought a group of us through at a young age to get that experience. We’re now at 23-24 and I think we’re starting to mature a lot and you’re starting to see that.

“What Staj (Alen Stajcic) has implemented within the group has been fantastic as well. The way he wants to play and the exciting brand of football that we’re showcasing.”

ROOM TO IMPROVE

Australia are ranked number six in the world and have now won five straight following their Tournament of Nations triumph last month and a clean sweep of Brazil on home soil.

Midfielder Chloe Logarzo in training with the Westfield Matildas ahead of Brazil clash.

But midfielder Chloe Logarzo admitted there’s still improvement left in the Matildas and insists coach Alen Stajcic won’t be resting on his side’s recent success.

“There’s always room to grow, even if you’re on top,” Logarzo said.

“Staj, I learn a lot from him. He’s a guy that always wants to keep moving forward.

 

“Even if we are the best in the world, there’s always something to tweak and that’s a great mentality to have.

“But of course we want to keep going until we hit number one. And it’s not even about hitting number one. It’s about being consistent and plateauing and making sure we can be the best that we can be.”

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas ‘a breath of fresh air’: Salisbury

Westfield Matildas players celebrate a goal in their 3-2 win over Brazil in Newcastle.

Westfield Matildas legend Cheryl Salisbury tells us why she’s proud as punch about our national team’s exploits.

How good has it been to watch the Westfield Matildas take on – and beat – the best nations in the world in recent months?

As a former captain of the national team, I get such pride seeing this current bunch of girls outperform and outclass the world’s best right now. They’re on their way to becoming known as one of the world’s best.

Cheryl Salisbury

Their attitude, skill and team spirit has been a breath of fresh air. Australia’s football, is just a pure joy to watch.

Not surprisingly the Australian public is jumping on board. And why wouldn’t you?

STAJ THE ARCHITECT OF GOLDEN GEN

This hasn’t been an overnight success story. The leaps and bounds the team have made has taken time.

For me, it really started to change when “Staj” [coach Alen Stajcic] took the team on. He brought in a “no-excuses” attitude.

He put expectations on the players to achieve a lot more. He’s got big dreams, belief in the team and what they can achieve, and the team all have belief in Staj.

Westfield Matildas boss Alen Stajcic runs his eye over a training session in Sydney.

This has lead to them to start reaping the rewards of putting their faith into one dream.

Whether they have been in the national team set-up for 15 years or a rookie in the squad, they’re all working together, all on the same page.

Like my good mate Lisa De Vanna, it’s hard to believe the girl who lived with me when she was 14 is now where I was towards the end of my career.

I’ve watched her from the beginning of her career all the way to leading Australia out onto the field as team captain. Maturing as a player and person both on and off the field.

She’ll love being a part of this squad, and being part of the team’s growth and the young talent that Australia has right now.

SAM’S EMERGENCE

And what about Sam Kerr?

I love watching her play, she runs out with a smile and ends the game smiling – that’s what people want to see.

She’s got a little bit of flamboyance but by no means whatsoever has she got an attitude about her.

Sam Kerr and Chloe Logarzo celebrate a goal in the win over Brazil in Newcastle.

She’s just a kid that loves to play football and that shows. With her, what you see is what you get.

This filters right through the girls and is a major reason for the scenes we’ve seen in Penrith and Newcastle over the last week.

Almost 32,000 fans at the stadiums and hundreds of thousands of viewers on TV says it all.

These girls are great role models for kids – girls and boys.

People want athletes that are not only good at their chosen sport but also positive role models their kids can look up too on and off the field.

The girls not only gave 100% in both games against Brazil, they all stayed around afterward and signed shirts, took selfies and signed posters for all the supporters.

And they’ll do it again in November when they take on China in two games in Victoria.

FUTURE EXPECTATIONS

There’s one question I’ve heard quite a lot lately regarding this brilliant Westfield Matildas team?

Can they win the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019?

Well, we’re certainly on the right track. You can be sure everyone one of the girls in that team will believe they can.

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In the past, it’s been a possibility but the odds were probably against us because we struggled to get back-to-back wins against the big teams.

Yes, we were always competitive with the top nations in one off games, but pulling off back-to-back wins consistently was the challenge.

Not anymore.

We’ve now won three in a row against Brazil and five in a row against nations ranked in the top 10 including the USA who are ranked number 1.

We’re past the point of just being another team and other top nations are starting to take notice. Now they really fear us.

That glass ceiling? The girls are shattering that!

The sky really is the limit. Let’s make sure we stay behind the girls and give them all our support.

It’s going to be a big couple of years for the Westfield Matildas.

Let’s all enjoy the ride!

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas v Brazil: seven days to go!

Sam Kerr celebrates a goal during the Westfield Matildas triumph at the Tournament of Nations.

Sam Kerr celebrates a goal during the Westfield Matildas triumph at the Tournament of Nations.

There’s just a week to go until the Westfield Matildas are in action on home soil, with the huge clash in Penrith against the might of Brazil.

Here are three reasons to get excited about watching the Westfield Matildas and Brazil in Sydney’s west.

1: Kerr v Marta

The South Americans are bringing a full-strength squad Down Under, including their superstar striker Marta.

The Brazilian no.10 is arguably the greatest female footballer of all time. Just check out her CV.

105 international goals in 101 games while she’s taken out the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award five times.

But the Westfield Matildas have their own world-class attacker in Sam Kerr.

Short-listed for FIFA’s World Player of the Year, Kerr is scoring goals and setting records almost on a weekly basis for club – Sky Blue FC – and country.

She’s almost unstoppable when in full flight and with a big home crowd behind her, expect Kerr to pull out something special against the Samba stars.

Brazilian superstar Marta has been named to face the Matildas next month in Australia.

2: Chance to make another big statement

If wins over USA and Japan weren’t enough, the Westfield Matildas sent shockwaves around the world with their 6-1 demolition of Brazil at the Tournament of Nations.

It was a devastating performance from Alen Stajcic’s side and one which demonstrated the skill, speed and quality this group possesses.

Brazil are adamant the thrashing was purely a ‘one-off’.

Can the Westfield Matildas replicate that performance and lay down another impressive marker heading towards next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup?

Matildas players celebrate a goal in their 6-1 win over Brazil at the Tournament of Nations.

3: See our world-class stars in the flesh

Whether it’s the likes of Kerr, Simon or Catley in the US, Kellond-Knight or van Egmond in Europe or Gorry and Foord in Japan, our Westfield Matildas are dominating around the globe.

So what a treat it’s going to be to have them all together on home soil.

Penrith fans aren’t going to miss the chance to which this incredible team in action, with next weekend’s clash officially a sell-out.

It’s going to be incredible to watch and we only have to wait another seven days!

Source :  Football Federation Australia

FFA hails Westfield Matildas emphatic tournament win

Westfield Matildas players celebrate Tameka Butt's goal in their 1-0 win over USA.

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.”

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

What’s next for the victorious Westfield Matildas?

Sam Kerr races clear of the Brazil defence during the Westfield Matildas 6-1 win at the Tournament of Nations.

Australian football fans won’t have to wait long to see their Tournament of Nations champions in action.

Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna and the rest of the victorious Westfield Matildas are coming home!

Fresh from a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Australia, Brazil have the opportunity for instant revenge when they visit our shores next month.

The Westfield Matildas will host Brazil in a two-match series in September.

On Saturday September 16, the two will clash at Pepper Stadium in Penrith at 3pm.

Three days later on Tuesday September 19, they’ll lock horns again at Newcastle International Sports Centre from 7.30pm.

The stands are certain to be packed with fans of Australia’s latest sporting sensations!

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas Tournament of Nations info

The Westfield Matildas kick off the Tournament of Nations against USA on Friday (AEST).

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 

Staff writer
The Westfield Matildas begin an exciting week of football when they meet hosts USA in their first game of the Tournament of Nations tomorrow.

Four of the top eight women’s teams in the world will take part in the tournament, with the USA (1) and Australia (7) joined by sixth-ranked Japan and eight-ranked Brazil.

The four teams will play three double-header events at three different venues.

The Alen Stajcic-coached Matildas face the USA in Seattle tomorrow (Frid), Japan in San Diego on Monday and Brazil in Carson, California next Friday.

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points, with goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head results and FIFA ranking used to separate teams if needed.

Westfield Matildas info

FIFA World Ranking: 7

AFC Ranking: 2

World Cup Appearances: 6 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

Best Women’s World Cup finish: Quarterfinal – 2007, 2011, 2015

Record vs. USA: 0-25-2

Head Coach: Alen Stajcic

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Lydia Williams (Houston Dash, USA), 18-Mackenzie Arnold (Brisbane Roar FC)

DEFENDERS (6 ): 3-Caitlin Cooper (Illawarra Stingrays), 4-Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar FC), 5-Laura Alleway (Unattached), 7-Steph Catley (Orlando Pride, USA), 14-Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride, USA), 21-Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): 2-Gema Simon (Avaldsnes, Norway), 6-Chloe Logarzo (Avaldsnes, Norway), 8-Elise Kellond-Knight (FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany), 9-Caitlin Foord (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), 10-Emily van Egmond (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), 13-Tameka Butt (Klepp I-L, Norway), 19-Katrina Gorry (Vegalta Sendai, Japan), 22-Alex Chidiac (Adelaide City)

FORWARDS (5): 11-Lisa De Vanna (South Melbourne), 15-Emily Gielnik (Avaldsnes, Norway), 16-Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns, USA), 17-Princess Ibini (Football NSW NTC), 20-Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC, USA)

NOTES

♦ If all three play, the USA vs. Australia match will feature the top three scorers in the NWSL in Megan Rapinoe (12), Sam Kerr (11), and Christen Press (8)

♦ The USA has an all-time record of 25-0-2 against Australia dating back to 1987, and has outscored Australia 95-22, only allowing more than one goal against the Matildas on four occasions.

♦ The most recent meeting between the teams came at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in the opening game of the tournament for both teams. Megan Rapinoe scored early before Lisa De Vanna equalized in the 27th minute. Christen Press got the game-winner off an assist from Sydney Leroux in the 61st minute before Megan Rapinoe scored a dagger in the 78th to clinch the match.

♦ Nine players who took the field against Australia during the USA’s last meeting with the Matildas at the World Cup are part of the ToN Roster, but they include both goal scorers in Rapinoe and Press. Just 11 players from the 2015 World Cup roster are on the ToN squad.​

♦ The U.S. has played Australia four times since 2012 and scored 15 goals in those games. Five different players named to the Tournament of Nations roster have scored in those four games: Alex Morgan (3), Christen Press (2), Megan Rapinoe (2), Sydney Leroux (1), and Carli Lloyd (1).

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas to face world class opposition in USA tournament

Katrina Gorry in action against the USA at the 2015 FIFA World Cup.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Staff Writer
The Westfield Matildas will head to the USA in July to compete in a prestigious four nation tournament with three of world’s leading countries – reigning World Champions USA, World Cup runners up and Asian Cup Champions Japan and South American giants Brazil.

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has repeatedly stated his desire for the Matildas to test themselves against the best footballing nations and the 2017 Tournament of Nations provides an ideal opportunity against three of the most highly regarded teams in the world.

“To be invited to play in this tournament is really exciting as we will face off against some of the top teams in the world,” said Stajcic.

“The three teams we’ll play against all have good pedigree, experience, and importantly they’re all in good form at the moment so it will be a great hit out for us and an excellent test of where we’re at ahead of next year’s Women’s Asian Cup.”

Currently ranked 8th in the world, the Westfield Matildas face a first up blockbuster against hosts USA at the 67,000 capacity Century Link Field in Seattle on 27 July 2017.

USA goalkeeper Hope Solo makes a save against the Matildas.

Yet to beat the USA in 26 attempts, the Westfield Matildas’ last match against the women’s football powerhouse ended in a 3-1 defeat in their opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.

The tournament then moves to San Diego where the Westfield Matildas will reignite their rivalry with Japan at Qualcomm Stadium on 30 July.

The Westfield Matildas recorded one of their most famous victories over Japan when they scored a comprehensive 3-1 defeat in their opening match of the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Games.

The result exacted some revenge after their biggest Asian rivals knocked the Westfield Matildas out at the Quarter Final stage of the last World Cup.

The Westfield Matildas’ final match is against Brazil four days later at StubHub Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

Australia were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in Fortaleza.

Stajcic’s team famously eliminated Brazil at the last World Cup before the South Americans turned the tables at the Rio Games, ousting the Westfield Matildas in a heartbreaking penalty shootout.

“We have a good rivalry with each of the other three countries and they will be fantastic matches for us against high quality opposition,” said Stajcic.

“There will be a similar approach as we had at the Algarve Cup earlier this year. We’re still in the rebuilding process of this team, it’s still the beginning of the cycle and Algarve was an excellent experience for our new players who came in.

“This is another step in that process, trying to give as many players opportunities and test the flexibility of the team. It’s about testing the team and moving the team forward with any eye on the Asian Cup in April next year and beyond.”

2017 Tournament of Nations – Teams and Schedule

Westfield Matildas (ranked 8th)

Brazil (ranked 9th)

Japan (ranked 6th)

USA (ranked 2nd)

The Westfield Matildas will play world class opposition at a four-nation tournament in the USA.

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

Westfield Matildas’ NWSL update

Matildas striker Hayley Raso played a full match in the Portland Thorns' 1-0 win over Chicago Red Stars.

There were mixed results for our Westfield Matildas in the latest round of National Women’s Soccer League action in the USA.

Matildas striker Hayley Raso played a full part in the Portland Thorns’ 1-0 win over Chicago Red Stars.

The win lifts the Thorns to third on the NWSL table.

Goalkeeper Lydia Williams kept a clean sheet as the Houston Dash grabbed all three points with a 1-0 win at Washington Spirit.

Houston are fourth on the ladder, but equal on points with the Thorns.

Defenders Laura Alleway, Alanna Kennedy and Steph Catley all played 90 minutes in Orlando Pride’s 3-1 loss at top of the table North Carolina Courage.

Alleway picked up a first half booking.

Orlando are 9th after three matches.

Source : Football Federation Australia

FOX SPORTS to show Westfield Matildas’ Algarve Cup matches LIVE

Westfield Matildas star Caitlin Foord.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Staff writer
Australian sports fans will be able to watch the Westfield Matildas take on some of the world’s best teams at the Algarve Cup in Portugal LIVE following confirmation that FOX SPORTS will broadcast all of the team’s matches at the tournament.

The commitment by FOX SPORTS will see the Westfield Matildas’ three group stage matches against Sweden, the Netherlands and China P.R. plus the team’s final placement match all broadcast into Australia, beginning with the opening match against Rio Games silver medallists Sweden at 5.30am (AEDT) on 2 March 2017 (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 503).

This will be followed by the encounter against the Netherlands on 4 March (kick-off 2.00am AEDT) (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 506) and then China P.R. on 7 March (kick-off 2.00am AEDT) (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505).

The Westfield Matildas squad has touched down in Portugal ahead of what will be the team’s first matches since last year’s Rio Games.

The Westfield Matildas will compete at the Algarve Cup, the oldest invitational tournament in women’s football, for the first time in 17 years.

Lani Johnson with the Matildas.Algarve Cup 2017 – Westfield Matildas matches – all LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Group C

Westfield Matildas

China P.R.

Netherlands

Sweden

Westfield Matildas v Sweden

1 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, 2 March)

LIVE on FOX SPORTS 503

Westfield Matildas v Netherlands

3 March 2017

Vila Real Sto Antonio, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 4 March)

LIVE on FOX SPORTS 506

China P.R. v Westfield Matildas

6 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 7 March)

LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505

Group A

Canada, Denmark, Portugal, Russia

Group B

Iceland, Japan, Norway, Spain

The two teams with the best classification of the three groups will play in the Final on 8 March 2017. The third highest ranked team and the best runner-up will play in the third place match.

Source:  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas squad announced for Algarve Cup

Friday, 17 February 2017

Staff writer
A host of big name stars have been joined by some returning players in the 21-player squad selected by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal beginning on 1 March 2017.

With a 25-player squad having concluded a three day camp in Canberra today, Stajcic has narrowed that list down for the tournament that will see the Westfield Matildas play their first international matches since last year’s Rio Games where they reached the Quarter Finals.

A host of Westfield Matildas mainstays over the past two years including 2016 AFC Women’s Player of the Year Caitlin Foord, veterans Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne, Westfield W-League 2017 Championship winning captain Steph Catley and German based duo Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond will all travel to Portugal alongside a number of players who find themselves back in the fold with another opportunity to stake their claims.

Teigen Allen, Emma Checker, Emily Gielnik, Hayley Raso and Gema Simon all return after time away from the national team, Gielnik the latest of the quintet to feature in a Westfield Matildas squad after she was part of the squad for the Rio Games qualification tournament last year.

 

Gema Simon“These players that have come back into the squad have shown plenty during the W-League season and their performances have been at a good level,” said Stajcic.

“As I’ve stated before we’re heading into a new cycle so there is an increase on the competition for places and we’re looking for who can provide that extra depth and quality.”

“Having positions covered by more players and building that depth is really what we’re looking for.”

18-year-old Adelaide midfielder Alex Chidiac is another who is back in the senior setup after making her solitary Westfield Matildas appearance against New Zealand back in February 2015, while Sydney FC’s Amy Harrison has also been included after making a successful return from a knee reconstruction that saw her miss all of 2016.

Stajcic has been forced to leave out striker Michelle Heyman as she continues to recover from an ankle injury that kept her out of the latter part of the recent Westfield W-League season.

“It’s great that Amy has managed to come back but we’ve also got Emma Checker who has come back from a major injury, Chloe Logarzo as well so they’ve all done really well to get themselves back up to speed,” said Stajcic.

Chloe Logarzo in action for Australia against New Zealand last month.“Unfortunately Michelle Heyman can’t be in line for selection as she hasn’t recovered quickly enough, but to have a number of players on the verge of coming back to full fitness makes it even more exciting about how this team is going to be.”

“Increasing the experience and capacity of players who have been in the team for a long time and continuing to improve them both on and off the field is certainly something we’ve spoken about this week in terms of improving the quality of the squad from within as the first port of call.”

The squad will assemble in Sydney’s west for a three day training camp on Monday prior to departing for Portugal on Wednesday night.

Currently 6th in the FIFA women’s world rankings, the Westfield Matildas have been grouped alongside Sweden (ranked 8th), Netherlands (ranked 12th) and China P.R. (ranked 13th) for the tournament.

“This tournament is a starting point towards looking ahead to the Asian Cup next year, the World Cup the year after and then the Games in Tokyo in 2020,” said Stajcic.

Westfield Matildas boss Alen Stajcic with Co-Captain Lisa De Vanna.“We’re really looking to test the players and see who is going to be part of this squad moving forward. The Algarve Cup gives us four matches against high quality opponents and I’m sure the team will learn and grow a lot from competing in this tournament.”

The Westfield Matildas’ first match of the Algarve Cup is against Sweden on Wednesday 1 March at 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, Thursday 2 March).

Westfield Matildas squad for Sydney training camp (20-22 February) and Algarve Cup

Name

Date of Birth

Club

A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen 12/02/1994 Melbourne City FC

39 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk) 25/02/1994 Brisbane Roar FC

11 (0)

Ellie Carpenter 28/04/2000 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

5 (0)

Steph Catley 26/01/1994 Melbourne City FC

53 (2)

Emma Checker 11/03/1996 Canberra United

3 (0)

Alex Chidiac 15/01/1999 Adelaide United

1 (0)

Lisa De Vanna 14/11/1984 Canberra United

117 (40)

Caitlin Foord 11/11/1994 Sydney FC

50 (8)

Emily Gielnik 13/05/1992 Brisbane Roar FC

9 (1)

Katrina Gorry 13/08/1992 Brisbane Roar FC

49 (13)

Amy Harrison 21/04/1996 Sydney FC

3 (0)

Elise Kellond-Knight* 10/08/1990 FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

76 (1)

Alanna Kennedy 21/01/1995 Sydney FC

48 (2)

Sam Kerr 10/09/1993 Perth Glory

46 (8)

Chloe Logarzo 22/12/1994 Newcastle Jets

12 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne 1/02/1989 Brisbane Roar FC

92 (7)

Hayley Raso 5/09/1994 Canberra United

14 (1)

Gema Simon 19/07/1990 Newcastle Jets

5 (0)

Kyah Simon 25/06/1991 Sydney FC

70 (20)

Emily van Egmond* 12/07/1993 VfL Wolfsburg, Germany

57 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk) 13/05/1988 Melbourne City FC

57 (0)

* Based in Germany and will join the squad in Portugal

Algarve Cup 2017 – Westfield Matildas matches

Group C

Westfield Matildas

China P.R.

Netherlands

Sweden

Westfield Matildas v Sweden

1 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, 2 March)

Westfield Matildas v Netherlands

3 March 2017

Vila Real Sto Antonio, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 4 March)

China P.R. v Westfield Matildas

6 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 7 March)

Group A

Canada, Denmark, Portugal, Russia

Group B

Iceland, Japan, Norway, Spain

The two teams with the best classification of the three groups will play in the Final on 8 March 2017. The third highest ranked team and the best runner-up will play in the third place match.

Source : Football Federation Australia