Australia women's national association football team
|Association||Football Federation Australia|
|Head coach||Hesterine de Reus|
|Most caps||Cheryl Salisbury (151)|
|Top scorer||Cheryl Salisbury (38)|
|FIFA ranking||8 2|
|Highest FIFA ranking||8 (August 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||16 (October 2006)|
| Australia 2 – 2 New Zealand
Sutherland, Australia; 6 October 1979
| Australia 21 – 0 American Samoa
Auckland, New Zealand; 9 October 1998
| United States 9 – 1 Australia
Ambler, United States; 5 June 1997
|Appearances||5 (First in 1995)|
|Best result||Quarterfinal (2007) 2011|
|Appearances||7 (First in 1983)|
|Best result||Winners (1995, 1998, 2003)|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1975)|
|Best result||Winners (2010)|
The Australian women's national association football team represents Australia in international women's association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for association football 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Players
- 3 Results and fixtures
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 Honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The first Australian women's national team was formed in 1978, four years after the Australian Women's Soccer Association, to play in the inaugural World Women's Invitational Tournament, in Taipei, Taiwan. The team was made up primarily of players from New South Wales and Western Australia. Australia was the only national team at the tournament, thus none of the matches were counted as official caps. Coached by Jim Selby, the players that year 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), Monika Werner (VIC).
Early matches for the team were generally against New Zealand as one of the better organised nations in the region. It would appear that 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 "1st Australian Womens International Soccer Test". The Australian team shown on the 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), Leigh Wardell (NSW), Coach was James Selby and the managers were Noelene Stanley and Elaine Watson. Australia played in the first Oceania Cup in 1983, losing the final to New Zealand in extra time. The 1986 tournament in New Zealand was only three teams: Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, Australia again losing in the final.
During 1987 and 1988 the Matildas played tournaments in Taiwan and China encountering the American and European teams for the first time. Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup, Australia stumbled to finish third. 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. Australia finished level on points with New Zealand, but had scored fewer goals and so New Zealand progressed to the World Cup as OFC representative. Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally only during a tour of Russia in 1994. 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 USA, China and Denmark. The Matildas inexperience showed in the opening match to Denmark, losing 5–0. The second match was a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scoring Australia's first goal at a World Cup. In the final group match against cup holders USA, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1.
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.
In 1999, the team sought to raise the profile of women's football in Australia, and raise badly needed funds for the team, by posing nude for a calendar. The Matildas – A New Fashion in Football calendar was published, making 'cover-girl' Amy Taylor the face of the team, and included players Tracie McGovern, Sunni Hughes, Kim Revell, Alison Forman, Sharon Black, Cheryl Salisbury, Alicia Ferguson, Katrina Boyd, Sarah Cooper, Cas Ambrose, Traci Bartlett and Bridgett Starr. Although there was some backlash at the concept, the 'tastefully presented' calendar sold well in Australia and was largely considered a success at the time. However, it has ultimately been considered by many commentators as a step backwards for the game by preventing the sport from being viewed on its competitive merits.
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 football 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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
The following players were named on 9 October 2013 to play China. Caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2013.
The following players have also been called up to the Australia squad within the last 12 months.
Results and fixtures
|2011 friendlies|| New Zealand
Colthorpe, Shipard, Simon
|2012 friendlies|| New Zealand
|Walsh 2, Slatyer
Alleway, Gill, Heyman, Simon
de Vanna 2, Walsh
|2013 friendlies|| New Zealand
FIFA Women's World Cup
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2015||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not qualify|
|2016||To be determined|
OFC Women's Championship
|OFC Women's Championship record|
AFC Women's Asian Cup
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record|
AFF Women's Championship
|AFF Women's Championship record|
|2011||Did not participate|
- Women's association football in Australia
- W-League (Australia) – Current Australian women's national league
- Women's National Soccer League (WNSL) – defunct Australian women's national league
- "Nude footballers kick up a fuss". BBC News. 1999-11-30. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- Simms, Debbie; Kilpatrick, Amy; Paton, Mary-Anne. "Sexploitation". The National Sport Information Centre Web Archive. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- "Women kick off World Cup campaign in style". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- "Matildas win Asian Cup on penalties". Smh.com.au. 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "Australia Vs Equatorial Guinea: Blatant Handball Missed By Referee". Smh.com.au. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- Official website
- Australian Women's Football – unofficial
- Special Feature – Cheryl Salisbury, retrieved 2 May 2006]
- All A International results (up to 2004)