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Matildas Defend Tournament of Nations 2018

November 18, 2018 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, WA on the world stage

Matildas Defend ToN 2018

Matildas Defend ToN 2018


 Brazil v Westfield Matildas
? Friday 27 July 2018 AEST
? Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
 6:15am Friday 27 July (AEST)
? Fox Sports Football


Five Westfield Matildas in Young Matildas squad for 2018 AFF Women’s Championship

November 18, 2018 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

A 23-player Westfield Young Matildas squad has been selected to compete in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship to be held in Indonesia between 30 June and 13 July.

The 2018 AFF Women’s Championship will see Australia, coached for the tournament by former Westfield Matilda Leah Blayney, come up against the senior national teams of Thailand, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia in Group A of the competition.

All of Australia’s matches at the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship will be played at the Jakabaring Stadium in the city of Palembang, which is the capital of South Sumatra.

The Westfield Young Matildas will kick-off their Group A games with a clash against Malaysia on 30 June.

This fixture will be followed by games against Timor-Leste (4 July), Cambodia (6 July), and finally Thailand (8 July).

Blayney’s charges will need to finish in the top two of Group A following their four pool matches to advance to the semi-finals of the competition, as well as either the Final or third place play-off.

Alex Chidiac in action for the Westfield Matildas.
Alex Chidiac in action for the Westfield Matildas.

Australia’s squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship features players hailing from all over the nation, as well as some of whom to have already been capped at senior international level.

Such players include Larissa Crummer, Emily Condon, Rachel Lowe, Princess Ibini, and Alex Chidiac.

Blayney said that the tournament will provide a fantastic learning experience for the group.

“We have selected a young squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship in Indonesia,” said Blayney.

“We have also opted to select a few overage players for the tournament to help them continue their international football development.”

“Many of Australia’s elite, emerging young female players will be exposed to international competition against senior national women’s football teams from across South-East Asia while we are in Indonesia,” she said.

Rachel Lowe is one of five Westfield Matildas in the squad for the AFF Women’s Championship.
Rachel Lowe is one of five Westfield Matildas in the squad for the AFF Women’s Championship.

Westfield Young Matildas Squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship to be held in Indonesia

Name Member Federation
Jada Whyman (Gk) Football New South Wales
Morgan Aquino (Gk) Football West
Annie Grove (Gk) Northern New South Wales Football
Kaitlyn Torpey Football Queensland
Emily Hodgson Football Federation South Australia
Tori Tumeth Football New South Wales
Larissa Crummer Football Queensland
Courtney Nevin Football New South Wales
Karly Roestbakken Capital Football
Beth Gordon Football New South Wales
Taylor Ray Football New South Wales
Susan Phonsongkham Football New South Wales
Kyra Cooney-Cross Football Federation Victoria
Emily Condon Football Federation South Australia
Rachel Lowe Football New South Wales
Princess Ibini Football New South Wales
Mary Fowler Football New South Wales
Alex Chidiac Football Federation South Australia
Amy Sayer Football New South Wales
MelindaJ Barbieri Football Federation Victoria
Cortnee Vine Football Queensland
Holly McNamara Football Federation Victoria
Angelique Hristodoulou Football New South Wales

2018 AFF Women’s Championship – Westfield Young Matildas Fixtures (Group A)

Malaysia v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEST)

Westfield Young Matildas v Timor-Leste
Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEST)

Westfield Young Matildas v Cambodia
Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEST)

Thailand v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 8 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEST)

Westfield Matildas secure qualification for seventh successive FIFA Women’s World Cup

November 18, 2018 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Saturday, 14 April 2018
Sydney, Australia

The Westfield Matildas will take on the world’s best in Europe next year after the team sealed its place at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Japan at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan on Friday (local time).

Samantha Kerr’s 86th minute equaliser against Japan not only propelled the Westfield Matildas to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™, but also ensured that Alen Stajcic’s side advanced to the Semi-Finals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 which is being contested in Amman.

As winners of Group B ahead of Japan, Korea Republic, and Vietnam, Australia will now face Group A Runner-up Thailand at the King Abdullah II Stadium on Tuesday evening, with kick-off at 11.45pm AEST.

The Westfield Matildas defeated Thailand 5-0 at nib Stadium in Perth last month in a pre-AFC Women’s Asian Cup friendly.

Matildas celebrate
The Westfield Matildas are heading to their seventh consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

The Westfield Matildas’ Semi-Final clash against Thailand will be broadcast live, exclusive, and ad-break free during play on FOX SPORTS, and the victor will advance to the tournament’s Final against either China PR or Japan.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman, Mr Steven Lowy AM, today congratulated the Westfield Matildas for securing their place in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which is another significant milestone for women’s football in Australia.

“The first goal at this year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan was for the team to qualify for France, so on behalf of FFA and the entire football community we congratulate and acknowledge the players, coaches and staff in Jordan for achieving that target,” said Lowy.

“While everyone involved with the team, as well as fans, can begin to dream of what can be achieved in France next year, I know Alen (Stajcic), the staff and players remain focussed on the second goal of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is winning it,” he said.

FFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Gallop AM, echoed Lowy’s sentiments.

“It’s fantastic that the squad have booked their ticket to France,” said Gallop. “The Westfield Matildas have had a tremendous 12 months on and off the pitch, and are now just two games away from becoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup Champions for a second time.”

“Hopefully by next Saturday morning Australia will be celebrating being the reigning AFC Asian Cup Champions in both men’s and women’s football,” he said.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France will be held between 7 June and 7 July next year across nine hosts cities. In December 2018 Australia will discover its path to becoming world champions for the first time when the official draw is held in Boulogne-Billancourt.

AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 – Semi-Final
Westfield Matildas v Thailand
Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Venue: King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.45pm (local); 11.45pm (AEST)
Note: Winner will advance to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 Final against either China PR or Japan

Image credit: Emily Mogic


Matilda’s v Thailand March 2018

April 05, 2018 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Matildas v Thailand
Have you got your tickets to see Sam Kerr and the Westfield Matildas in Perth?
Tickets to the fixture are discounted for registered players. Purchase your tickets here. 

The Westfield Matildas will play their first ever match in Perth next month when they take on fellow 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup participants Thailand on Monday, 26 March at nib Stadium.

The Westfield Matildas, who are currently ranked fourth in the world, will include in their squad one of Western Australia’s top sporting stars, Samantha Kerr.

Registered players from 2017 or 2018 can receive a $5 discount for kids, concession and adults tickets and a $10 discount for family passes.

To redeem your discounted tickets, enter your MFN number (this is not your FFA number) when prompted during the purchase or in the “Enter Offer Code” link.

To find your MFN number, click here. There will be a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

Visit for more information and keep an eye out for plenty more news around the Perth fixture in the coming weeks.

Westfield Matildas v Thailand
Date: Monday, 26 March 2018
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 9pm (AEDT)
Tickets: Click here


Sam Kerr powers Matildas to 4-2 win over Japan at Tournament of Nations

March 07, 2018 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, WA on the world stage


Australian football star Sam Kerr has continued her rise with a maiden international hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Japan in the Tournament Of Nations.

After opening their tournament with a drought-breaking win over reigning world champions the United States, the Matildas backed it up by thumping the runners-up from the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Japan had started stronger in San Diego, when Mina Tanaka slotted from a corner in the sixth minute.

It did not take long for the Aussies to respond, doing so via a close-range goal from Kerr’s prolific right foot.

Her second came five minutes later after she picked the pocket of Riho Sakamoto outside the 18-yard box and gave Australia the lead with a 16th-minute strike.

Then came the piece de resistance to cap off her first-half hat-trick.

After a long clearing kick by the Matildas defence, the 23-year-old used her athleticism to nod a high-bouncing ball over Japanese defender Nana Ichise on the halfway line and chased through with time winding down in the first half.

My conversation with @samkerr1 before the game today..
Me: “are you going to score today ?”
Sam: “yeh 3 haha!” No words, freak! ???‍♀️???

She dribbled the rest of the way with Sakamoto on her hammer, before firing a shot into the feet of goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda.

But Kerr stayed alert and gathered the rebound before calmly nailing her second shot and running off into a slick somersault/back flip celebration that has become something of a trademark for the West Australian, who has made a name for herself with Sky Blue FC in US National Women’s Soccer League.

Emily van Egmond added the Matildas’ fourth in the 62nd minute before substitute Yuka Momiki ensured Japan ended the game the same way they started, with a 93rd-minute goal.

Next up for the Matildas is a showdown with world number eight Brazil in Los Angeles on Friday.

Australia — currently seventh in the world on the FIFA rankings — is set for a big jump, especially if it can complete a clean sweep of the tournament.

Top 10 Matildas Goals

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


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

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 For the tournament opener in Seattle, tickets will become available on May 26 at 10 a.m. PT, also through 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

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.

Becky Sauerbrunn

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







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


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


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


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.


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

Michael Lynch

  • Michael Lynch

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.


International fixtures due in Australia

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

Brazil set to play USA, Japan, Australia and Bolivia

Brazil set to play USA, Japan and Australia this summer

Brazil face some tough challenges ahead as they plan many international friendly matches for 2017.

Brazil Women’s National Team have a hectic and exciting schedule ahead with some strong opponents to battle against according to reports in Brazilian media.

In April, Brazil will play Bolivia with Araraquara likely to be the venue – this will take place between 3 and 11 of the month, which are the FIFA dates for international friendlies.

From 22 July to 3 August (to be confirmed), the team led by Emily Lima are reportedly taking part in a competition hosted in the United States where they will face USA, Japan and Australia.

From 11 to 19 September (to be confirmed), Brazil will travel to Australia where they will play their hosts as well as a match against New Zealand.

The calendar is still not completely finished, they have agreed details for matches against Spain (in June), Germany (in July) and Sweden. It is also a strong possibility that Brazil will play China in October and Korea Republic in November.

Some of the proposed fixtures have not been confirmed and are dependent on signed contracts.


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


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.