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IFA World Cup Futsal Final 2017

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions, WA on the world stage, World Football

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Top 10 Matildas Goals

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

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Tournament of Nations 2017

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

U.S. Soccer to Host Australia, Brazil & Japan in Seattle, San Diego and LA for 2017 Tournament of Nations
CenturyLink Field (July 27), Qualcomm Stadium (July 30) and StubHub Center (August 3) Will Each Host a Doubleheader
WNT May 10, 2017

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CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the USA for the Tournament of Nations to be held from July 27-August 3 at three venues along the west coast. The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders. The USA is currently ranked second in the world, Japan is tied for sixth, Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.

U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.

“It’s fantastic to play another tournament at home against some of the world’s best teams in a year after the world championship cycle, and it shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “These are three talented teams that we haven’t played in a while so we’re looking forward to a summer tournament that will be extremely challenging and valuable for our players and entertaining for the fans.”

How, When, Where Can I Get Tickets?
Tickets for the doubleheaders in San Diego and Los Angeles go on sale to the public Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com. For the tournament opener in Seattle, tickets will become available on May 26 at 10 a.m. PT, also through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to purchase by phone should dial 1-800-745-3000 for the events in Seattle and San Diego and 1-888-929-7849 for the doubleheader in the Los Angeles area. Tickets are also available at the CenturyLink Field Northwest Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). [NOTE: Tickets are not sold at Qualcomm Stadium except on the day of the event.]

U.S. Soccer Members receive presale access prior to the general public for all U.S. Soccer controlled matches. If you would like to be included in the presale for the Tournament of Nations and are not already a member, click here to join the membership by Monday, May 15.

To receive notifications directly and for early ticket access, join U.S. Soccer’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

Girls Fantasy Camp
U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp around the match in Los Angeles, running from August 1-4. The camp is open to girls born in 2003, 2004 and 2005. This exclusive opportunity includes training sessions with former Women’s National Team stars at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center, behind-the-scenes access, on-field match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warm-ups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, hotel accommodations, an honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund, meals and more. The Fantasy Camp is a fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund and includes a special tax-deductible donation. Space is very limited with a roster size comparable to a National Team. For more information and to register, visit the U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps web page or contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

USA vs. Australia

The USA is 25-0-2 all-time against the Matildas, who made it to the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup before falling 1-0 to Japan. Australia also made to the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympic tournament, but fell to Brazil in a penalty kick shootout that went eight players deep.

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USA vs. Brazil

The USA is 26-3-5 all-time against Brazil in a series that has featured some epic matches, including the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both U.S. wins in overtime, a semifinal loss for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a penalty kick win during the quarterfinal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that featured Abby Wambach’s last gasp header in overtime, one of the famous goals in U.S. history.

USA vs. Japan

The USA has a record of 26-1-7 against Japan with just 11 of those games have taken place on U.S. soil. The USA is 7-0-4 against Japan in the United States. The two teams have met in some of the most exciting matches ever player in women’s soccer including the last three of four World Championship Finals.

Match Preview
USA vs. Japan Through the Years
A World Class Rivalry

2017 Tournament of Nations Schedule

Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

July 27

Brazil vs. Japan

CenturyLink Field

Seattle, Wash.

4:15 p.m. PT

July 27

USA vs. Australia

CenturyLink Field

Seattle, Wash.

7 p.m. PT

ESPN

July 30

Japan vs. Australia

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego, Calif.

2:15 p.m. PT

July 30

USA vs. Brazil

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego, Calif.

5 p.m. PT

ESPN2

Aug. 3

Australia vs. Brazil

StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

4:15 p.m. PT

Aug. 3

USA vs. Japan

StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

7 p.m. PT

ESPN2

Tournament Format
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

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Lisa DeVanna signs for South Melbourne

May 24, 2017 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, WA on the world stage

South Melbourne signs Matilda Lisa De Vanna, showing its intent to secure a W-League licence

SOUTH Melbourne has secured a coup in its bid for a W-League licence, with Matildas star Lisa De Vanna set to play for its Women’s National Premier League team.

Foxsports.com.au understands that De Vanna will play for the club — potentially as early as this weekend — while also potentially holding an off-field role.

The former NSL powerhouse has made it clear it will bid for both an A-League and a W-League licence, with De Vanna’s signature a clear statement of its intent to play a key role in the women’s game.

One of the best footballers Australia has ever produced, De Vanna has made 121 appearances for her country, scoring 40 goals.

De Vanna has previously played in the US, Sweden, England and has represented Australia at two Olympics (2004 and 2016) and three World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2015), while she was a member of the Matildas side that won the 2010 Women’s Asian Cup.

For De Vanna, who last year spent part of the off-season with American side Orlando Pride, the move allows her to maintain fitness for her W-League and Matildas commitments without the travel and intensity of an overseas stint.

Lisa De Vanna celebrates a goal with teammate Caitlin Foord.
Lisa De Vanna celebrates a goal with teammate Caitlin Foord.Source: Getty Images

The Matilda has played for Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and Canberra United over the past three seasons, though the latter was on a guest contract.

South Melbourne is understood to have heavily focused on improving and marketing its women’s program in recent months.

The club initially missed out on an NPLW licence when the competition was launched last year — despite having a long, successful history in the previous incarnation of the state league — but was granted a licence for this year’s league in October 2016.

Aside from De Vanna, several W-League players have committed their winter season to South Melbourne, as the club looks to claim the state league title.

Young Matilda and Melbourne City striker Melina Ayres was at the top of the recruiting list, while Melbourne Victory’s Alexandra Gummer — who has also played in England — and Alex Cheal also signed on.

Were South to claim a W-League licence, it could spell further trouble for Melbourne Victory, which claimed the wooden spoon twice since Melbourne City entered the competition.

A large proportion of Victorian talent has elected to sign with City over the past two years and a third Victorian side would further stretch the local talent pool.

While no dates have been set for W-League expansion, the current nine-team format, with a team having a bye each week, is less than ideal. One more team would see the league on par with the male equivalent, with 10 teams.

South was set to unveil De Vanna’s signature at its 2017 Jersey Night on Friday night.

SOUTH MELBOURNE MEDIA RELEASE

May 24, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Matildas Captain De Vanna joins South Melbourne
South Melbourne FC is excited to confirm that Australian Football icon, Olympian and current Matilda Lisa De Vanna has joined the club.

De Vanna will have a dual role with club, where she will immediately join our NPL Victoria Women’s team for the 2017 season. She will also take up a newly formed role of Women’s Football Ambassador at the Club, which will allow her to work with the club on numerous and exciting projects relating to increasing the profile of women’s football at our club and throughout the country.

De Vanna is a household name with football fans across the world through a career spanning 11 years across England, Australia and the United States.

The attacking player however is best known for her long and decorated career with the Australian National Team, The Matildas. With 121 international caps and 40 goals to her name, she remains only 2 goals behind Kate Gill to become Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Speaking at the SMFC Jersey Night, De Vanna was excited to have joined the club. “It’s wonderful to have joined a club with great history and ambition.

I am looking forward to playing a role on the park throughout 2017, but assisting the club in its goals off the park promoting women’s football and assisting young players achieve their dream. Thank you to Gabrielle Giuliano and Socrates Nicolaides for this wonderful opportunity.”

SMFC Women’s Football Director Gabrielle Giuliano was pleased with her acquisition. “I am delighted that Lisa has joined SMFC as an ambassador for women’s football. Whilst still focussed on her national journey, South will partner with her to help transition into her future after football. From a capacity of mentoring, coaching and identifying upcoming talent, this partnership will help propel us to the next level.”

We look forward to seeing her in our colours in the coming weeks

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Union plan to boost W-League pay and put women’s soccer on top of the world

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League, WA on the world stage, World Football

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Australia can win Olympic gold in soccer at the Tokyo Games and the women’s World Cup in 2023 if proposed development pathways are adopted, the players’ union says.

Professional Footballers Australia on Tuesday unveiled a pathway for development of women’s soccer that targets a minimum earnings package of $60,000 a year for the top 60 players in the W-League, a move that it argues would “leverage … competitive advantages” that soccer enjoys.

 

The Matildas and W-League players need increased investment to increase success.

The Matildas and W-League players need increased investment to increase success. Photo: Getty Images

The players’ union, historically one of the more thoughtful and articulate bodies associated with Australian soccer, believes that with a complete rethink about development programs and a far reaching financial overhaul the game will be able to fight back and stand its ground in a marketplace where competition is not just for sponsorship dollars and media attention but for the best athletes themselves.

PFA chief executive John Didulica says now is the time for bold and decisive action.

“The one thing thing missing from Australia’s CV as a sporting nation is a global trophy from the global game.

“Women’s football has the highest participation base among young girls in the country.

“Our national team is amongst the very best in the world and our sport offers the prospect of international opportunity like no other. However, we are yet to fully leverage these competitive advantages through the establishment of a genuine professional pathway for our elite players.

“The goals of winning the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal are ambitious, and rightly so, as they must reflect our shared ambition of being the very best.”

Currently some $3 million a year is spent on the womens game (a combined figure for all W-League clubs and the Matildas, the best of whom earn around $42,000 a year, while others earn around $32,000), according to PFA figures. Top players augment those payments from the FFA with wages from their W-League clubs and also from contracts playing in overseas leagues during the Australian off season.

The union argues that for another $1.5 million a year, it could implement its model and change the face of Australia’s female sporting landscape.

“To be the best, we need to be able to offer greatness.Through an increased investment of $1.5 million we can revolutionise the W-League and make it among the best leagues in the world, and significantly grow our talent pool, which is fundamental to our international success and ability to attract and retain the best talent,” Didulica said.

The PFA has spent months putting together a detailed package – “Grassroots to Greatness” – which contains a raft of development proposals aimed at strengthening the position of women’s soccer as competition for the best female athletes intensifies.

The huge success of the AFL Women’s competition and the bigger money on offer to elite netball players in the newly constituted Australian championship is a shot across the bow to soccer, which is also facing pressure from the Women’s Big Bash League, where crowds and television ratings have been positive.

But soccer’s trump card, the PFA argues, was, and remains, the game’s global appeal and the chance it offers to elite athletes to travel, work and compete all over the world in globally recognised tournaments.

But it acknowledges that soccer needs to pay its players properly or pay a heavy price.

Participation rates for soccer are far and away the best in the country for primary school children and teenagers; the task for the women’s game is to provide a program where the best players can earn enough money to live as full time professionals employed by the national team and their W-League clubs while those who buttress the stars in the W-League teams can at least earn more than the pittance too many now have to accept.

The key points of the PFA submission are its $60k for 60 plan, allied to a minimum salary of $11,500 for full time professionals employed during the W-League season and funding to give the womens game the chance to hire high quality international players to bolster their local talent during the regular season.

At heart is a desire not just to create a financial safety net but to create a “clear and cohesive” career path for talented juniors into senior women’s football. The union would like to see all W-League clubs field two different age teams in their state NPL competitions to provide up and coming players with the chance to develop their game.

The progam also calls for a “10 team competition structured to maximise commercial revenues” where teams play each other home and away in an 18 game regular season.

The targets, union officials admit, are ambitious, but can be attained through creative support for women players. The PFA wants the FFA to distribute at least $175,000 a year to W-League clubs to cover payments and says that the clubs themselves need to be generating $385,000 a year from their activities to be competitive.

It also pledges to develop a National Womens Football Network to fund flexible employment to female players within the football industry, many of whom now struggle to get time off to play or train properly.

PFA player relations executive and former Matildas captain Kathryn Gill said the womens game had to be central to all aspects of the sport.

“The players understand intuitively that we can only tackle the challenges if we improve the game for everyone,” said Gill, the Matildas all-time leading goalscorer.

“The women’s game has reached the point of being the largest participation sport for young girls by trading off the good-will of the football community.

“The time has come to make the women’s game a priority and use it to turbocharge football into the consciousness of Australians as the true global game and the sport of choice for women.”

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams said the lofty targets were realisable.

“Things worth achieving are never easy and we know what we can achieve with this model, for the game, for the players and the thousands of young girls across Australia dreaming of becoming the next generation of Matildas,” she said.

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Football perfectly placed to lead the gender equality charge for women in sport

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, State Teams and Programmes, WA on the world stage

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Former Matildas midfielder Tal Karp believes football is the perfect vehicle to instigate gender equality in sport.

The FFA is celebrating Female Football Week — a nationwide initiative that aims to celebrate the extensive impact women have on the round-ball game — but it does so with plenty of pressure on the women’s domestic competition.

The W-League had plenty of struggles this season, amid the rise of AFL Women’s overnight success as well as revamps to netball and women’s cricket.

But Karp believes the W-League’s achievements in its ninth season were significant and is adamant soccer will continue to be popular among young girls.

“The greatest thing football offers me is a form of expression that translates wherever you are,” Karp said.

“It’s a game that can capture you. Football caters to everybody, it’s the world’s language. It brings people together with a certain social cohesiveness that other forms of communication don’t have.”

The Football Female Week ambassador, who captained Melbourne Victory in the inaugural W-League season, says the competition continues to be a huge learning curve for the FFA, who in turn have provided a base example for other codes.

“I don’t think it’s going to dwindle in participation but like other sports, it needs to take note of growth opportunities elsewhere and make sure that there are great facilities available for women to be playing the game,” she said.

“There’s greater appetite for conversation about how we improve things. [FFA chief] David Gallop said at the launch it’s important women’s football is placed in the equation at the outset and that it’s part of everything that we do.

“Now it’s just about taking steps to make sure that we’re accountable to that.”

There was still much to be encouraged about for the competition’s future. The league continued to attract and produce talent of domestic and international level, while crowd attendances were up 32 per cent.

The W-League grand final was the most watched match in its history at 440,000 viewers across free-to-air and pay TV coverage.

When will we be satisfied?

As someone who lived the experience of representing your country in harder times, Karp has seen a huge change in the way women’s sport and female football is treated.

But does she believe there will be a point, across the board, where we all agree gender equality has been reached in the sport?

“I commend the fact that we at the FFA are now working on a vision for women’s football moving forward in terms of gender quality and we need to have targets, measurable timelines and so forth to achieve those next steps,” she said.

“I think [it’ll be] when we don’t need Female Football Week anymore. When we know we don’t need to specially acknowledge the success of women, we won’t need to continue to recognise barriers remain because barriers won’t remain and in a sense, Female Football Week will be all weeks of the year.

“When we don’t talk about women’s football as women’s football, we’ll just talk about football and about men playing the game and women playing the game within that heading.”

Matildas’ success helping to grow the game

Like the Socceroos, the success sustained by the Matildas has helped generate a lot of interest at ground level.

Over 105,000 women currently play football, making up 21 per cent of the FFA’s total participation rate.

With football now the second largest club sport for girls under 14, the Matildas have demonstrated there are pathways to the elite level and unique opportunities available to football, like the chance to represent your country at a World Cup and Olympics.

“The Matildas are a credit,” Karp said.

“They’re performing so well on the international stage, as reflective of their recent achievements overseas in the Algarve Cup and providing young girls with an opportunity of seeing what they can be in the future.

“It’s no longer that you don’t get paid to play the game, you can play against the world’s best and you might even make a career out of it.

“Sure we’ve got a long way to go to make sure there is a viable career pathway for girls and women in the game but we’ve certainly come a long way since I was younger.”

You can find out about all the events and programs happening within Female Football Week on the FFA’s website.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-09/football-leads-charge-on-women-equality/8340446

Algarve Cup Women 2017 Results

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

DrawWORLD: Algarve Cup Women – Placement Play Offs
9th place
09.03. 02:30 Iceland W  China W 2 : 1
Final
09.03. 02:30 Spain W  Canada W 1 : 0
7th place
09.03. 02:30 Sweden W  Russia W 4 : 0
3rd place
08.03. 22:45 Australia W Denmark W  1 : 2
(1 : 1)
5th place
08.03. 22:45 Japan W Netherlands W   2 : 3
11th place
08.03. 22:45 Norway W  Portugal W 2 : 0
StandingsWORLD: Algarve Cup Women
Round 3
07.03. 03:00 Portugal W Canada W 0 : 0
07.03. 03:00 Russia W  Denmark W 1 : 6
06.03. 23:00 China W Australia W 1 : 2
06.03. 23:00 Sweden W Netherlands W 0 : 1
06.03. 22:45 Iceland W Spain W 0 : 0
06.03. 22:45 Norway W Japan W 0 : 2
Round 2
04.03. 03:00 Portugal W Denmark W 0 : 6
04.03. 02:30 China W Sweden W 0 : 0
04.03. 02:30 Spain W  Norway W 3 : 0
03.03. 23:00 Australia W Netherlands W 3 : 2
03.03. 23:00 Russia W Canada W 1 : 2
03.03. 22:45 Japan W Iceland W 2 : 0
Round 1
02.03. 02:30 Australia W Sweden W 0 : 1
02.03. 02:30 Denmark W Canada W 0 : 1
02.03. 02:30 Norway W Iceland W 1 : 1
01.03. 23:00 Netherlands W China W 1 : 0
01.03. 23:00 Portugal W Russia W 0 : 1
01.03. 22:45 Japan W Spain W 1 : 2

Westfield Matildas squad announced for Algarve Cup

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions, WA on the world stage

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Westfield Matildas stars Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Westfield Matildas squad named for training camp

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Canberra United's Grace Maher has been called up to the Westfield Matildas for a training camp at the AIS.

Staff writer
Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named three uncapped players plus an injection of youth in a 25-player squad for a three day training camp at the AIS in Canberra beginning on Wednesday (15 February).

Canberra United’s Grace Maher, 15 year old Melbourne City FC midfielder Jacynta Galabadaarachchi and Western Sydney Wanderers FC goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman are the uncapped trio who have been selected as Stajcic begins to build and mould a squad that will take the Westfield Matildas into the next phase of major tournaments.

The squad also comprises five players who are 18 years of age or younger, with up and coming talent Ellie Carpenter joined by Alex Chidiac, Galabadaarachchi, Maher and Mathyssen-Whyman as part of an exuberant young brigade.

“We are now heading into a new four year cycle. The last cycle ended after the Rio Olympics so this is the beginning of a new cycle up until after the Tokyo Games, so we’re looking at what kind of team we can take to qualify for the major tournaments, starting with the Asian Cup next year,” said Stajcic.

Grace Maher.

“It’s about having a squad that can peak in these tournaments.”

Stajcic said players chosen for the camp were picked for their form in the Westfield W-League but also for performances at underage national level.

“For the majority it is about what they showed in the W-League but others have done well at Young Matildas camps and in the Under 17 national team, so it could have been on any major arena that we watched them play on,” said Stajcic.

“They’re players we think have the potential to be really good international footballers.

“The biggest objective of this camp and one of the major factors in the squad we’ve selected is building the depth of the team and increasing the competition within the team and giving more players the experience of being in a Matildas camp and playing senior international football.

Ellie Carpenter

The camp at the AIS will be followed by a second training camp in Sydney’s west from 20-22 February ahead of the Westfield Matildas’ participation in the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

The squad for the second training camp will be trimmed to 18-20 players, which will consist of the final squad that will travel to the Algarve Cup. German based midfield duo Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond will join the squad in Portugal.

A focus on development and the future is also being seen amongst the Westfield Matildas’ off field staff with an emphasis on growing the depth of female coaches.

Former Matilda Heather Garriock will join current Assistant Coach Gary van Egmond in an assistant role to Stajcic for the two training camps and the Algarve Cup.

Garriock is the first of a number of aspiring female coaches that will be given the opportunity to be part of the Westfield Matildas’ coaching staff on a rotational basis.

“Heather is one of the coaches but we’ll also have Mel Andreatta and Leah Blayney to start off the process of engaging more females in our national team environment,” said Stajcic.

Heather Garriock.

“It’s a process of upskilling these high quality people with more experience at the highest level working with the top players in the country.”

“Heather is an energetic and enthusiastic person who has over 100 caps for her country and brings with her a wealth of experience. She was a really dynamic, aggressive, never say die type of personality on the field so she brings in a lot of personal characteristics but she’s also been coaching for a number of years so I’m sure she’ll add value to our setup and hopefully it will help further develop her as a coach as well.”

There are also changes among the medical staff, with Head Physiotherapist Kate Beerworth stepping aside after 10 years of service. Beerworth’s position will be filled by David Battersby, who has worked with the team for the past four years.

“Kate has been a massive contributor,” said Stajcic on Beerworth’s time with the Westfield Matildas.

Kate Beerworth.

“Her work has been selfless, tireless, there have often been voids and gaps that have needed to be filled and her work certainly expanded into other areas of the team beyond her role of just being a physio.”

“Kate probably did the workload of two or three people and she was a great contributor to the Matildas over a long period of time so we thank her for everything she did and wish her all the best for whatever the future holds.”

Beerworth will not be entirely lost to FFA as she will continue to work behind the scenes with Head of Medical Dr Mark Jones on key research projects including the ACL injury prevention program.

Westfield Matildas squad for AIS training camp 15-17 February

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)

Caitlin Cooper 12/02/1988 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

7 (1)

Lisa De Vanna 14/11/1984 Canberra United

117 (40)

Casey Dumont (gk) 25/01/1992 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

3 (0)

Caitlin Foord 11/11/1994 Sydney FC

50 (8)

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi 6/06/2001 Melbourne City FC

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)

Michelle Heyman 4/07/1988 Canberra United

53 (20)

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)

Grace Maher 18/04/1999 Canberra United

Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (gk) 24/10/1999 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

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)

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

57 (0)

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