Australia women's national soccer team

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Australia
Nickname(s) Matildas
Association Football Federation Australia
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Alen Stajcic
Asst coach Ante Jurić
Captain Clare Polkinghorne
Most caps Cheryl Salisbury (151)
Top scorer Cheryl Salisbury (38)
FIFA ranking 9 Increase2
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (August 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 16 (October 2006)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Australia 2–2 New Zealand 
Sutherland, Australia; 6 October 1979
Biggest win
 Australia 21–0 American Samoa 
Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998
Biggest defeat
 United States 9–1 Australia 
Ambler, United States; 5 June 1997
World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1995)
Best result Quarterfinal (2007, 2011)
Oceania Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1983)
Best result Winners (1995, 1998, 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1975)
Best result Winners (2010)

The Australian women's national soccer team represents Australia in international women's association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas (from the song Waltzing Matilda).

Australia is a three-time OFC champion, one-time AFC champion and two-time AFF champion. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on five occasions and at the Olympics Games on two, although has won neither tournaments. As of June 2014, they are ranked eleventh in the world by FIFA.[1]

History[edit]

Matildas before a game against Italy in 2009

The Australian Women's Soccer Association (AWSA) was founded in 1974[2] and a representative Australian team competed at the following year's Asian Women's Championship.[3] A national team made up primarily of players from New South Wales and Western Australia was sent to the 1978 inaugural World Women's Invitational Tournament, in Taipei, Taiwan.[4] Australia played against club teams at the tournament and none of the players' appearances counted as official caps.[5] Coached by Jim Selby, the selected players were: Sandra Brentnall (WA), Connie Byrnes (captain, NSW), Julie Clayton (WA), Kim Coates (NSW), Julie Dolan (NSW), Cindy Heydon (NSW), Barbara Kozak (WA), Sharon Loveless (WA), Toni McMahon (NSW), Sue Monteath (QLD), Sharon Pearson (NSW), Judy Pettitt (WA), Anna Senjuschenko (WA), Teresa Varadi (WA), Leigh Wardell (NSW) and Monika Werner (VIC).[6]

Australia's first official international match was against New Zealand at Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday 6 October 1979, as it was billed as the "1st Australian Women's International Soccer Test". The Australian team listed in the match programme was Sue Monteith (Qld), Shona Bass (Vic), Kim Coates (Vic), Dianna Hall (SA), Carla Grims (SA), Fiana McKenzie (SA), Sandra Brentnall (WA), Judith Pettit (WA), Sharon Mateljan (WA), Julie Clayton (WA), Cindy Heydon (NSW), Julie Dolan (NSW), Toni McMahon (NSW), Jamie Rosman (NSW), Rosie van Bruinessen (NSW) and Leigh Wardell (NSW). Jim Selby remained as coach and the managers were Noelene Stanley and Elaine Watson. A lack of resources meant Australia's first eight official matches were all against New Zealand.[7]

The 1980s[edit]

Australia played in the first Oceania Cup in 1983, losing the final to New Zealand in extra time. The 1986 tournament in New Zealand involved three full teams: Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, as well as New Zealand's B team. Australia lost in the final again, beaten 4–1 by Taiwan.[8]

During 1987 and 1988, the Matildas played in tournaments in Taiwan and China encountering the American and European teams for the first time.[citation needed] Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup, Australia finished third.[citation needed] The 1991 tournament doubled as qualifiers for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the winner was determined by the best results from a group.[citation needed] Australia finished level on points with New Zealand, but had scored fewer goals, which resulted in New Zealand progressed to the World Cup as OFC representative.[citation needed]

The 1990s[edit]

Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally during a tour of Russia in 1994.[citation needed] The Oceania tournament in 1995 again doubled as World Cup qualifiers in the same round-robin format. Again, Australia finished even with New Zealand on points but this time had a superior goal difference, and qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup.

At the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, Australia were grouped with the United States, China and Denmark. During their opening match against Denmark, they lost 5–0.[citation needed] During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup.[citation needed] In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1.[citation needed]

The Matildas would assert their Continental strength at the 1998 Oceania Cup, which doubled as a World Cup qualifying tournament. Australia thrashed their Pacific island opposition in their group games and semi-final, before defeating hosts New Zealand in the final 3–1 (the only goal conceded for the tournament), and qualifying for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup in USA. At the tournament, Australia was grouped with Sweden, China and Ghana. In their opening match, they secured their first non-loss in a World Cup match with a 1–1 draw against the Ghanaians. Their following group matches were both 3–1 losses, finishing third in the group, but showing improvement on previous tournaments.

The 2000s[edit]

The profile built for the sport carried into the 2000 Olympics in Australia, with the Matildas qualifying as hosts. Much anticipation surrounded the team's performance on home soil, but a 3–0 loss to Germany in their opening game brought those hopes down. A draw with Sweden and a final loss to Brazil ended their tournament in the first round. While the on-field performance was disappointing, attendances at matches were high for women's soccer in Australia, raising the profile of the game.

In 2003, they won the Oceania Cup and qualified for the World Cup, where they finished in the first round.

The team made the quarter final stage at the 2004 Olympics.

In 2006, Australia moved from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation, and the country was given hosting rights to the AFC Women's Asian Cup that same year. The opening game for the Matildas was against South Korea. An early own goal by South Korea put the Matilda's up, finishing with 3 goals in the second half to give them a 4–0 win. The second match against Myanmar was also a win to the Matildas, who finished with 2 goals, with Sally Shipard and Lisa De Vanna scoring one a piece. The Matildas went on to reach the final, being defeated 4–2 on penalties by China after having a two goal half time lead.

2007 World Cup[edit]

Australia qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and drawn into Group C. They defeated Ghana 4–1 on 12 September in Hangzhou,[9] followed by a 1–1 draw against Norway at the same venue on 15 September. Thanks to a late goal from Cheryl Salisbury, they drew against Canada 2–2 on 20 September in Chengdu to advance to the knockout round for the first time in team history. Australia came up against Brazil in their elimination match, losing to Brazil 3–2 to end their 2007 World Cup run at the quarter-final stage.

2008 tournaments[edit]

The Matildas failed to get through qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics held in 2007, where they lost to Korea DPR both home and away in the final round.

In 2008, the Matildas competed in the 2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup. They were drawn in Group B, placing second in the group with relative ease behind Japan, who they would eventually face in the third place playoff. With the Matildas progressing from the group stage to the semi-finals, they were paired up against Korea DPR. Korea DPR won the match 3–0 and went on to win the tournament. This led them on to the third place playoff, facing Japan for a second time in the tournament and lgain losing, leaving the Matildas in fourth place.

The 2010s[edit]

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

In 2010 the Matildas qualified for the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup in China. They beat Vietnam (2-0) and South Korea (3-1) before losing to China 1-0 which made them advance in second place and advance to the Semi Finals where they beat Japan 1-0. The final which was played in wet conditions was history making itself with it being the first senior soccer team (men or women) to make a final in the AFC. They created more history by being the first ever Australian soccer team to win in Asia after beating at the finals the team of Korea DPR in penalties, 5-4, after a regular time score of 1-1 (Australia's goal being scored by Samantha Kerr). The title gave the Matildas a berth at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.[10]

The following year the team contested the World Cup, being sorted into Group D. Despite losing 1-0 to Brazil in the opening game, victories of 3-2 and 2-1 over Equatorial Guinea and Norway respectively qualified the Matildas to the quarterfinals.[11] At the knockout stage, the team lost 3-1 to Sweden. Caitlin Foord was awarded Best Young Player of the tournament, and defender Elise Kellond-Knight was chosen for the All-Star Team.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach (interim) Australia Alen Stajcic
Assistant coach Australia Ante Jurić
Goalkeeping coach Australia Unknown

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. Caps and goals correct as of 23 May 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Davey, BriannaBrianna Davey (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 19) 13 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
1GK Dumont, CaseyCasey Dumont (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Australia Sydney FC
1GK Williams, LydiaLydia Williams (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 26) 34 0 United States Western New York Flash
2DF Alleway, LauraLaura Alleway (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 24) 24 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
2DF Allen, TeigenTeigen Allen (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 20) 36 0 United States Western New York Flash
2DF Carroll, KimKim Carroll (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 27) 42 2 Australia Brisbane Roar
2DF Catley, StephanieStephanie Catley (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 20) 23 1 United States Portland Thorns FC
2DF Checker, EmmaEmma Checker (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
2DF Harrison, AmyAmy Harrison (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Sydney FC
2DF Kennedy, AlannaAlanna Kennedy (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 19) 18 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
2DF Polkinghorne, ClareClare Polkinghorne (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 25) 66 3 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Bolger, NicolaNicola Bolger (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Australia Sydney FC
3MF Butt, TamekaTameka Butt (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 23) 42 6 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Gorry, KatrinaKatrina Gorry (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 22) 20 8 United States FC Kansas City
3MF Kellond-Knight, EliseElise Kellond-Knight (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 24) 46 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
3MF Van Egmond, EmilyEmily Van Egmond (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 21) 31 7 United States Chicago Red Stars
3MF Polias, TeresaTeresa Polias (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Australia Sydney FC
4FW De Vanna, LisaLisa De Vanna (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 29) 87 32 United States Washington Spirit
4FW Foord, CaitlinCaitlin Foord (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 19) 21 2 United States Sky Blue FC
4FW Gill, KateKate Gill (1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 29) 83 40 Australia Perth Glory
4FW Heyman, MichelleMichelle Heyman (1988-07-04) 4 July 1988 (age 26) 24 8 Australia Canberra United
4FW Kerr, SamanthaSamantha Kerr (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 21) 34 5 United States Western New York Flash
4FW Khamis, LeenaLeena Khamis (1986-06-19) 19 June 1986 (age 28) 22 5 Australia Sydney FC
4FW Raso, HayleyHayley Raso (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 20) 6 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
4FW Sykes, AshleighAshleigh Sykes (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 22) 6 2 Australia Canberra United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Australia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mackenzie Arnold (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  New Zealand, 16 June 2013
GK Sham Khamis (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Sydney v.  New Zealand, 16 June 2013
DF Foord, CaitlinCaitlin Foord (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 19) 15 1 Australia Sydney v.  France, 6 July 2013
MF Garriock, HeatherHeather Garriock (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 31) 119 20 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  United States, 20 October 2013
MF Kennedy, AlannaAlanna Kennedy (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 19) 12 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  United States, 20 October 2013
MF Polias, TeresaTeresa Polias (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Australia Sydney v.  United States, 20 October 2013
MF Uzunlar, ServetServet Uzunlar (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 25) 40 2 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  France, 6 July 2013
FW Gielnik, EmilyEmily Gielnik (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Australia Brisbane Roar v.  United States, 20 October 2013
FW Simon, KyahKyah Simon (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 23) 42 11 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers v.  United States, 20 October 2013

Results and fixtures[edit]

Competition Stage Opponent Result Scorers
Hong Kong 1975 AFC Championship First stage  Thailand
 Singapore
2–3
3–0
Semifinals  New Zealand 2–3
Third place  Malaysia 5–0
New Caledonia 1983 OFC Championship First stage  New Zealand
 New Caledonia
 Fiji
0–0
5–0
13–0
0
Dolan 2, Heydon, Porter, Wardell
Iserief 3, Monteath 3, Heydon 3, Wardell 3, Millman
Final  New Zealand 2–3 (AET) Brentnall, Dolan
New Zealand 1986 OFC Championship First stage  New Zealand
 Chinese Taipei
New Zealand New Zealand B
1–0
0–1
2–1
Iserief
0
Mateljan, Monteath
Final  Chinese Taipei 1–4 Martin
China 1988 FIFA Tournament First stage  Brazil
 Thailand
 Norway
1–0
3–0
0–3
Quarterfinals  China PR 0–7
Australia 1989 OFC Championship First stage  New Zealand
Australia Australia B
 Papua New Guinea
 Taiwan
0–2
0–0
6–0
1–4
0
0
Riddington 3, Vinson 2, ?
Riddington
Third place Australia Australia B not played
Australia 1991 OFC Championship Round robin  New Zealand
 Papua New Guinea
0–1 1–0
12–0 8–0
Papua New Guinea 1995 OFC Championship Round robin  New Zealand
 Papua New Guinea
1–2 1–0
7–0 4–0
Sweden 1995 FIFA World Cup First stage  Denmark
 China PR
 United States
0–5
2–4
1–4
0
Hughes, Iannotta
Casagrande
New Zealand 1998 OFC Championship First stage  American Samoa
 Papua New Guinea
21–0
8–0
Semifinals  Fiji 17–0
Final  New Zealand 3–1
United States 1999 FIFA World Cup First stage  Ghana
 Sweden
 China PR
1–1
1–3
1–3
Murray
Murray
Salisbury
Australia 2000 Summer Olympics First stage  Germany
 Sweden
 Brazil
0–3
1–1
1–2
0
Salisbury
Hughes
Australia 2003 OFC Championship Round robin  Samoa
 Cook Islands
 Papua New Guinea
 New Zealand
19–0
11–0
13–0
2–0
Golebiowski 4, Mann 4, Peters 4, Slatyer 2, Small, Davies, Garriock, Wainwright
Alagich 2, Crawford 2, Wilson 2, Davies, Hohnke, Karp, Small
Mann 4, Garriock 3, Golebiowski 2, Salisbury 2, Alagich, Peters
Peters, Small
United States 2003 FIFA World Cup First stage  Russia
 China PR
 Ghana
1–2
1–1
1–2
Golebiowski
Garriock
Garriock
Greece 2004 Summer Olympics First stage  Brazil
 Greece
 United States
0–1
1–0
1–1
0
Garriock
Peters
Quarterfinals  Sweden 1–2 de Vanna
Australia 2006 AFC Asian Cup First stage  South Korea
 Myanmar
 North Korea
 Thailand
4–0
2–0
0–0
5–0
Munoz, de Vanna, Walsh + 1 o.g.
Shipard, de Vanna
0
Burgess, Ferguson, Gill, de Vanna, Walsh
Semifinals  Japan 2–0 Munoz, Peters
Final  China PR 2–2 (PSO: 2–4) Munoz, Peters — Penalty scored Shipard, Ferguson Penalty missed McCallum, Peters
China 2007 FIFA World Cup First stage  Ghana
 Norway
 Canada
4–1
1–1
2–2
de Vanna 2, Garriock, Walsh
de Vanna
McCallum, Salisbury
Quarterfinals  Brazil 2–3 Colthorpe, de Vanna
Vietnam 2008 AFC Asian Cup First stage  Chinese Taipei
 South Korea
 Japan
4–0
2–0
Garriock 2, Tristram, de Vanna
Perry, de Vanna
Polkinghorne
Semifinals  North Korea 0–3
Third place  Japan 0–3
China 2010 AFC Asian Cup First stage  Vietnam
 South Korea
 China PR
2–0
3–1
0–1
Khamis, Ledbrook
Carroll, Kerr, de Vanna
0
Semifinals  Japan 1–0 Gill
Final  North Korea 1–1 (PSO: 5–4) KerrPSO: Penalty scored Shipard, Ledbrook, Gill, Garriock, Simon
Germany 2011 FIFA World Cup First stage  Brazil
 Equatorial Guinea
 Norway
0–1
3–2
2–1
0
van Egmond, Khamis, de Vanna
Simon 2
Quarterfinals  Sweden 1–3 Perry
2012 Summer Olympics
AFC qualification
Final round  North Korea
 Thailand
 Japan
 China PR
 South Korea
0–1
5–1
0–1
1–0
2–1
0
Heyman 2, Butt, van Egmond, Simon
0
van Egmond
Butt, de Vanna
Vietnam 2014 AFC Asian Cup First stage  Japan
 Jordan
 Vietnam
2–2
3–1
2–0
Foord, De Vanna
Gill, Gorry
Gorry, + 1 o.g.
Semifinals  South Korea 2–1 Gorry, Kellond-Knight
Final  Japan 0–1

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 3 13
United States 1999 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 3 7
United States 2003 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 5
China 2007 Quarterfinals 7th 4 1 2 1 9 7
Germany 2011 Quarterfinals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7
Canada 2015 Qualified
Total 6/7 0 titles 17 3 4 10 24 39

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Greece 2004 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 1 2 3 4
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016 To be determined
Japan 2020
Total 2/5 0 titles 7 1 2 4 5 10

OFC Women's Championship[edit]

OFC Women's Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Caledonia 1983 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 20 3
New Zealand 1986 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 0 2 4 6
Australia 1989 Third place 3rd 4 1 1 2 7 6
Australia 1991 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 21 1
Papua New Guinea 1995 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 13 2
New Zealand 1998 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 49 1
Australia 2003 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 45 0
Total 7/7 3 titles 28 19 2 7 159 19

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1975 Third place 3rd 4 2 0 2 12 6
Australia 2006 Runners up 2nd 6 4 2 0 15 2
Vietnam 2008 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 7 9
China 2010 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 7 3
Vietnam 2014 Runners up 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4
Total 5/5 1 title 23 13 3 7 50 25

AFF Women's Championship[edit]

AFF Women's Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Vietnam 2008 Champion 1st
Burma 2009 Champion 1st
Laos 2011 Did not participate
Vietnam 2012
Burma 2013 Runner-up 2nd
Thailand 2014 Qualified
Total 3/5 2 titles 18 10 2 6 41 20

Honours[edit]

Winners (3): 1995, 1998, 2003
Runners-up (3): 1989, 1986, 1989
Winners: 2010
Runners-up: 2006, 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Williams 2007, p. 165
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Cruickshank, Mark; Fadeyev, Sergey; Lewis, Tom; Garin, Erik (30 May 2013). "Asian Women's Championship". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Cruickshank, Mark (31 December 2009). "Women's World Invitation Tournament 1978". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Teams of the Decades - Women's 1979-1989". Football Federation Australia. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Dolan, Julie. "1978 - World Women's Invitational Tournament Taiwan". JDolan.com. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Williams 2007, p. 157
  8. ^ Garin, Eric (31 March 2011). "Oceania Cup (Women)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Women kick off World Cup campaign in style". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  10. ^ "Matildas win Asian Cup on penalties". Smh.com.au. 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Australia Vs Equatorial Guinea: Blatant Handball Missed By Referee". Smh.com.au. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 

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