Australia women's national soccer team

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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Matildas
AssociationFootball Federation Australia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachAnte Milicic
CaptainSam Kerr
Most capsCheryl Salisbury (151)
Top scorerLisa De Vanna (47)
FIFA codeAUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Steady (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest4 (December 2017)
Lowest16 (October 2006)
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
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)
Oceania Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1983)
Best resultWinners (1994, 1998, 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1975)
Best resultWinners (2010)

The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen 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 Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda"), having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995.[2] Under a naming rights deal with Scentre Group and its predecessor, Westfield Group, the team has been branded as Westfield Matildas since 2008.[3]

Australia is a three-time OFC champion, one-time AFC champion and one-time AFF champion, and became the first ever national team to win in two different confederations (before the men's team did the same in 2015 AFC Asian Cup). The team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on seven occasions and at the Olympic Games on two, although it has won neither tournament. Immediately following the 2015 World Cup, Australia was ranked ninth in the world by FIFA.[4]

History[edit]

Matildas before a game against Italy in 2009

The Australian Women's Soccer Association (AWSA) was founded in 1974[5] and a representative Australian team competed at the following year's Asian Women's Championship.[6] 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.[7] Australia played against club teams at the tournament and none of the players' appearances counted as official caps.[8] 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).[9]

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 Monteath (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.[10]

The 1980s[edit]

Australia played in the first Oceania Cup in 1983 at New Caledonia, losing the final to New Zealand in extra time. It was the first time the Australians faced a team other than the "Football Ferns" of New Zealand. A team would not be assembled again until the next edition of the tournament in 1986 tournament in New Zealand, which featured Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, as well as New Zealand's B team. Australia lost in the final again, beaten 4–1 by Taiwan.[11][12]

The late 80s had Australia encountering the American and European teams for the first time in the 1987 Women's World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan, and the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in China. For the latter tournament, the players had to sew themselves the own Australian crests onto the team tracksuits.[13] Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup in Brisbane, the Australians finished third (A team) and fourth (B team).[14] 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.[15]

The 1990s[edit]

Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally during a tour of Russia in 1994.[citation needed] The Oceania tournament in 1994 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.[12]

Before 1995, the nickname for the women's team was just "Female Socceroos", derivative of the male squad. Thus in 1995 the Australian Women's Soccer Association joined with Special Broadcasting Service to broadcast a naming competition for the female team. Out of five names, the popular vote chose "Matildas", from the song "Waltzing Matilda". The players themselves did not approve of the name, and took years to use the moniker to describe the team.[16]

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.[17] During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup.[18] In the final group match against cup holders the United States, Australia scored first but went on to lose 4–1.[19]

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.

Australia still did not have much attention and respect, with the Matildas forced to train with second-hand equipment from the Socceroos, not getting paid and with few games to play.[12] To promote themselves and raise funds for the team, in 1999 the Matildas posed nude for a calendar, which sold over 40,000 units.[16]

The 2000s[edit]

The profile built for the sport carried into 2000, where the Matildas had a guaranteed spot for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. While in January a friendly match against the Czech Republic in Melbourne's Bob Jane Stadium attracted only 1,500 spectators, a crowd of 10,000 came to the Matildas' game against China at the Sydney Football Stadium in June.[16] Much anticipation surrounded the team's Olympic 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.

The team were the host nation for an annual invitational tournament called the Australia Cup, from 1999 to 2004 inclusive, winning it twice.

Following the Olympics, many problems halted the Matildas' schedules. As Ernie Merrick backed out on his intentions to coach the team, Adrian Santrac only took over as manager in November, and Australia played no games in 2001. The following year the team argued over the calendar proceeds with the promoter, and AWSA went defunct, being absorbed by Soccer Australia (current Football Federation Australia). In-between, many players opted to retire from the national team.[20]

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

The team won the 2004 OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Fiji to return to Olympic tournament in Athens 2004.[21] The Matildas won their first Olympic game ever against Greece, and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals,[22] losing to Sweden 2–1.[23]

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,[24] 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 again losing, leaving the Matildas in fourth place.

The 2010s[edit]

External video
Aussies Abroad: The Matildas (ESPN)

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 Sam Kerr). The title gave the Matildas a berth at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.[25]

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.[26] 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.

During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, they became the first Australian team, men's or women's, to win a knockout stage match at a World Cup when they defeated Brazil by a score of 1–0. The goal was scored by Kyah Simon after a shot by Lisa de Vanna was blocked and redirected by goalkeeper Luciana. In the quarterfinals, the Matildas lost to defending champions Japan in a late goal by Mana Iwabuchi.[27]

The following year, they contested in qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Olympics where they finished on top of the group after defeating all of the opponents bar China,[28] to get to the Olympic Games. Drawn in Group F, Australia lost to Canada, conceded a draw to Germany, and defeated Zimbabwe in a blowout to finish as the best third placed team. The adversary in the quarterfinals were hosts Brazil,[29] who avenged the defeat one year prior in the penalty shootouts as goalkeeper Bárbara saved Alanna Kennedy's kick.[30]

At the 2017 Tournament of Nations event, the Matildas recorded their first ever win over the United States after 27 attempts, defeating them 1–0 in Seattle.[31] The Matildas went on to defeat Japan 4–2 and Brazil 6–1 to finish as the inaugural tournament champions.[32] Following the Tournament of Nations, the Matildas scheduled a series of two friendlies hosting Brazil, with the first match at Penrith Stadium being sold-out,[33] and an even larger crowd of nearly 17,000 attending the next match 3 days later in Newcastle.[34]

In December 2017, Matildas were awarded the Public Choice Team of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards.[35]

At the 2018 AFC Asian Cup, Australia reached the final after defeating Thailand in the semi-final on penalty kicks. They would lose 1–0 to Japan in the final, but nonetheless secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[36] Later that year at the 2018 Tournament of Nations Australia once again went undefeated, finishing the tournament with two wins and one draw. They were tied with the United States with 7 points, but the US had a superior goal differential and were crowned tournament champions.[37]

Matildas during Women's World Cup 2019

Despite entering 2019 on the back of good form, the Matildas coach Alen Stajcic was sacked from the role in January 2019 by Football Federation Australia (FFA), whose chief executive David Gallop said the decision was based on confidential surveys and conversations with players and staff.[38] The decision proved to be very controversial, as the FFA refused to discuss any further specifics as to the reasoning for the decision and was made only months out from a World Cup appearance. Some players, such as Sam Kerr, Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight spoke in support of Stajic and voiced their surprise at his sacking.[39] Former men's national team assistant Ante Milicic was later appointed coach.[40]

For the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Australia was in Group C with Italy, Brazil, and Jamaica. A 2–1 loss to Italy was followed by a 3–2 win against Brazil. This victory was notable for 3 reasons – Australia came back from a 2–0 deficit, these were the first goals conceded by Brazil in the group stage in 16 years and it was their first group stage loss for 24 years.[41]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the friendlies against Chile on 9 and 12 November 2019.[42][43]

Caps and goals are current as of 12 November 2019 after the match against Chile.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lydia Williams (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 31) 84 0 Australia Melbourne City
12 1GK Sarah Willacy (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Australia Adelaide United
18 1GK Mackenzie Arnold (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 25) 23 0 Australia Brisbane Roar

2 2DF Jenna McCormick (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
4 2DF Clare Polkinghorne (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 30) 121 9 Australia Brisbane Roar
5 2DF Karly Roestbakken (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 18) 3 0 Australia Canberra United
7 2DF Steph Catley (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25) 78 2 Australia Melbourne City
14 2DF Alanna Kennedy (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 24) 83 7 Australia Sydney FC
21 2DF Ellie Carpenter (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 19) 38 1 Australia Melbourne City
23 2DF Emma Checker (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0 Australia Melbourne City

3 3MF Aivi Luik (1985-03-18) 18 March 1985 (age 34) 24 0 Norway Avaldsnes IL
6 3MF Chloe Logarzo (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 44 7 Australia Sydney FC
10 3MF Emily van Egmond (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 26) 92 18 Australia Melbourne City
13 3MF Tameka Yallop (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 28) 83 10 Australia Brisbane Roar
19 3MF Katrina Gorry (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 27) 76 14 Australia Brisbane Roar
22 3MF Amy Harrison (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 23) 13 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers

9 4FW Caitlin Foord (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 25) 78 17 Australia Sydney FC
15 4FW Emily Gielnik (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 27) 34 8 Germany Bayern Munich
16 4FW Hayley Raso (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 25) 41 3 Australia Brisbane Roar
20 4FW Sam Kerr (captain) (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 26) 83 38 United States Chicago Red Stars

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Teagan Micah (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United States UCLA Bruins Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
GK Annie Grove (2001-06-15) 15 June 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Canberra United Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
GK Eliza Campbell (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Australia Perth Glory 2019 Cup of Nations

DF Courtney Nevin (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
DF Teigen Allen (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 25) 40 0 Australia Melbourne Victory 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Gema Simon (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 29) 11 0 Australia Newcastle Jets 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Laura Alleway (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 29) 60 2 Australia Melbourne Victory 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ
DF Elizabeth Ralston (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  United States, 4 April 2019

MF Elise Kellond-Knight (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 29) 109 2 Australia Brisbane Roar v.  Chile, 9 November 2019 INJ
MF Rachel Lowe (2000-11-19) 19 November 2000 (age 18) 1 0 United States UCLA Bruins Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
MF Alex Chidiac (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 20) 17 1 Spain Atlético Madrid Training camp, 1–9 October 2019 INJ
MF Teresa Polias (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 29) 11 0 Australia Sydney FC 2019 Cup of Nations

FW Kyah Simon (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28) 87 24 Australia Melbourne City Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
FW Kyra Cooney-Cross (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 17) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
FW Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 18) 0 0 England West Ham United Training camp, 1–9 October 2019
FW Lisa De Vanna (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 34) 150 47 Italy Fiorentina 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Mary Fowler (2003-02-14) 14 February 2003 (age 16) 4 0 Australia Adelaide United 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Princess Ibini (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 19) 6 0 Australia Sydney FC 2019 Cup of Nations
FW Allira Toby (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar 2019 Cup of Nations TOP
FW Michelle Heyman RET (1988-07-04) 4 July 1988 (age 31) 61 20 Australia Adelaide United v.  Chile, 13 November 2018

Notes:

  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad / on stand-by.
  • TOP Train-on player.
  • RET Retired from national team.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Australia Ante Milicic
Assistant coach Australia Melissa Andreatta
Assistant coach Australia Ivan Jolic
Goalkeeping coach Australia John Gorza

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Historical results and fixtures[edit]

Years Article
1975 to 1999 Australia women's national soccer team results (1975–99)
2000 to 2009 Australia women's national soccer team results (2000–09)
2010 onwards Australia women's national soccer team results (2010–19)

Honours[edit]

Major tournaments[edit]

Winners: 1994, 1998, 2003
Runners-up: 1983, 1986, 1991
Winners: 2010
Runners-up: 2006, 2014, 2018
Winners: 2008

Minor tournaments[edit]

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 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 9 7
Germany 2011 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7
Canada 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 1 2 5 5
France 2019 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 9 6
Total 7/8 0 titles 26 7 6 13 38 50

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 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 8 5
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total 3/6 0 titles 11 2 4 5 13 15

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 1994 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
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 2nd 5 3 1 1 9 5
Jordan 2018 Runners up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 4
Total 5/5 1 title 30 16 6 8 61 29
  • An Australian representative side participated in the 1975 AFC Women's Championship however these games are not recognised as official Australian international fixtures. The participants were the NSW State Team that the organisers had labelled as Australia.[45]
  • The 1979 AFC Women's Championship had a team representing Western Australia, but not the Australian National Team.

AFF Women's Championship[edit]

AFF Women's Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Vietnam 2004 Did not participate
Vietnam 2006
Myanmar 2007
Vietnam 2008 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 21 1
Laos 2011 Did not participate
Vietnam 2012
2013–present See Australia women's national under-20 soccer team
Total 1/6 1 title 5 5 0 0 21 1

Individual Records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Span Caps Goals
1 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–2009 151 38
2 Lisa De Vanna 2004– 150 47
3 Heather Garriock 1999–2011 130 20
4 Clare Polkinghorne 2006– 121 9
5 Joanne Peters 1996–2009 110 28
6 Elise Kellond-Knight 2007– 109 2
7 Anissa Tann 1988–2002 102 8
8 Emily van Egmond 2010– 92 18
9 Kyah Simon 2007– 87 24
10 Kate Gill 2004–2015 86 41
Dianne Alagich 1995–2008 3
Melissa Barbieri 2002–2015 0
13 Lydia Williams 2005– 84 0
14 Sam Kerr 2009– 83 38
Tameka Yallop 2007– 10
Alanna Kennedy 2012– 7
17 Collette McCallum 2005–2015 81 11
18 Caitlin Foord 2011– 78 17
Steph Catley 2012– 2
20 Alison Forman 1989–2002 77 7

Most goals[edit]

# Player Span Goals Caps
1 Lisa De Vanna 2004– 47 150
2 Kate Gill 2004–2015 41 86
3 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–2009 38 151
Sam Kerr 2009– 83
5 Sarah Walsh 2004–2012 32 70
6 Joanne Peters 1996–2009 28 110
7 Kyah Simon 2007– 24 87
Linda Hughes 1989–2000 63
9 Heather Garriock 1999–2011 20 130
Michelle Heyman 2010–2019 61
Sharon Black 1991–2002
12 Julie Murray 1987–2000 19 68
13 Emily Van Egmond 2010– 18 92
April Mann 2001–2004 28
15 Caitlin Foord 2011– 17 78
16 Katrina Gorry 2012– 14 76
Kelly Golebiowski 1996–2005 64
18 Lisa Casagrande 1994–2000 13 64
Caitlin Munoz 2005–2015 57
20 Carol Vinson 1988–1991 12 13

Every Matilda[edit]

# Player Span Caps Goals Debut
1 Julie Dolan 1978–1988 18 4 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
2 Shona Bass 1979–1986 8 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
3 Sandra Brentnall 1978–1983 11 8 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
4 Julie Clayton 1978–1979 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
5 Kim Coates 1978–1983 6 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
6 Cindy Heydon 1978–1984 11 5 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
7 Sharon Mateljan 1978–1986 8 2 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
8 Toni McMahon 1978–1988 10 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
9 Sue Monteath 1978–1987 23 4 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
10 Rose van Bruinessen 1979–1984 14 1 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
11 Leigh Wardell 1978–1988 14 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
12 Fiona McKenzie 1979 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 6 October 1979
13 Diana Hall 1979–1980 4 0 v.  New Zealand, 8 October 1979
14 Judy Pettitt 1978–1984 3 0 v.  New Zealand, 8 October 1979
15 Carla Groeschel 1979–1983 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 13 October 1979
16 Jamie Rosman 1979–1980 6 0 v.  New Zealand, 18 May 1980
17 Theresa Jones 1980–1988 10 0 v.  New Zealand, 18 May 1980
18 Kim Lembryk 1981–1995 23 4 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
19 Kerry Millman 1981–1989 21 1 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
20 Julie Porter 1981–1984 6 4 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
21 Leanne Priestley 1981–1989 13 3 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
22 Tracey Singleton 1981–1984 4 0 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
23 Leah Wright 1981 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
24 Marie Russell 1981 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
25 Sharon Wass 1981–1991 7 2 v.  New Zealand, 5 October 1981
26 Renaye Iserief 1983–1987 16 9 v.  New Zealand, 28 November 1983
27 Vicki Salmons 1983–1984 5 0 v.  New Zealand, 28 November 1983
28 Kristen Theile 1983–1984 7 0 v.  New Zealand, 28 November 1983
29 Joanne Millman 1983–1984 23 0 v.  New Zealand, 28 November 1983
30 Karen Menzies 1983–1989 7 0 v.  New Caledonia, 30 November 1983
31 Margaret Petrov 1984 3 0 v.  Japan, 8 October 1984
32 Lisa Dunne 1984–1999 10 0 v.  New Zealand, 12 October 1984
33 Mandi Langlar 1984–1988 5 0 v.  New Zealand, 12 October 1984
34 Debra Bonshore 1984–1991 3 0 v.  Chinese Taipei, 13 October 1984
35 Kim Dunlop 1984 1 0 v.  Chinese Taipei, 13 October 1984
36 Jane Oakley 1984–1995 28 2 v.  Chinese Taipei, 13 October 1984
37 Andrea Martin 1983–1986 3 1 v.  New Zealand, 29 March 1986
38 Terri McQueen 1986 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 29 March 1986
39 Mariana Milanovic 1986–1987 4 0 v.  New Zealand, 29 March 1986
40 Sabine Buschmann 1986 1 0 v.  Chinese Taipei, 31 March 1986
41 Sue Buswell 1986–1987 8 0 v.  Chinese Taipei, 31 March 1986
42 Moya Dodd 1986–1995 12 1 v.  Chinese Taipei, 31 March 1986
43 Lisa Rader 1986 1 0 v.  Chinese Taipei, 31 March 1986
44 Sharon Read 1987–1988 7 0 v.  Canada, 12 December 1987
45 Janine McPhee 1987–1991 6 0 v.  Canada, 12 December 1987
46 Michelle Sawyers 1983–1991 13 0 v.  Canada, 12 December 1987
47 Lyn Spencer 1987 2 0 v.  Canada, 12 December 1987
48 Amanda George 1987 2 0 v.  Hong Kong, 13 December 1987
49 Jill Latimer 1987 2 0 v.  Hong Kong, 13 December 1987
50 Janelle Renshaw 1987 3 0 v.  Hong Kong, 13 December 1987
51 Julie Murray 1986–2000 68 19 v.  Hong Kong, 13 December 1987
52 Debbie Nichols 1988–1989 9 0 v.  Brazil, 1 June 1988
53 Janine Riddington 1988–1991 6 5 v.  Brazil, 1 June 1988
54 Anissa Tann 1988–2002 102 8 v.  Brazil, 1 June 1988
55 Carol Vinson 1988–1991 13 12 v.  Brazil, 1 June 1988
56 Linda Hughes 1989–2000 63 24 v.  New Zealand, 26 March 1989
57 Kristine James 1989 3 0 v.  New Zealand, 26 March 1989
58 Tracey Wheeler 1989–2000 49 0 v.  New Zealand, 26 March 1989
59 Dalys Carmody 1989 3 0 v.  New Zealand, 26 March 1989
60 Karen Harris 1989 2 0 v.  Papua New Guinea, 28 March 1989
61 Alison Forman 1989–2002 77 7 v.  Japan, 4 December 1989
62 Carolyn Monk 1989 2 0 v.  Japan, 4 December 1989
63 Sonia Gergenhuber 1989–1999 60 1 v.  New Zealand, 20 May 1991
64 Kaylene Janssen 1991–1995 15 0 v.  New Zealand, 20 May 1991
65 Sharon Young 1991 4 0 v.  New Zealand, 20 May 1991
66 Angela Iannotta 1989–1999 33 10 v.  Papua New Guinea, 21 May 1991
67 Traci Bartlett 1991–2002 51 1 v.  Papua New Guinea, 21 May 1991
68 Sharon Black 1991–2002 61 20 v.  New Zealand, 20 October 1991
69 Sarah Cooper 1991–2001 55 2 v.  New Zealand, 20 October 1991
70 Donna Fredrickson 1991 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 20 October 1991
71 Tracey Jenkins 1991 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 23 October 1991
72 Jackie Hadden 1994 1 0 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
73 Claire Nichols 1989–2003 19 0 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
74 Denie Pentecost 1994–1995 14 1 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
75 Cheryl Salisbury 1994–2009 151 38 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
76 Sascha Wainwright 1994–2004 65 3 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
77 Trena Youngblutt 1994–1996 4 0 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
78 Lizzy Claydon 1994–1996 16 2 v.  Russia, 20 April 1994
79 Lisa Casagrande 1994–2002 60 13 v.  New Zealand, 14 October 1994
80 Bridgette Starr 1994–2002 53 1 v.  New Zealand, 14 October 1994
81 Amanda Paterson 1994–1997 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 14 October 1994
82 Michelle Prouten 1994–1995 2 0 v.  New Zealand, 18 October 1994
83 Michelle Watson 1994–1995 18 3 v.  New Zealand, 18 October 1994
84 Karly Pumpa 1994–1995 4 2 v.  New Zealand, 18 October 1994
85 Kim Revell 1995–2001 31 5 v.  United States, 23 January 1995
86 Justine Fisher 1995 2 0 v.  United States, 23 January 1995
87 Louise McMurtrie 1994–1996 19 0 v.  New Zealand, 17 March 1995
88 Denise Lofthouse 1995 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 19 March 1995
89 Dianne Alagich 1995–2008 86 3 v.  Norway, 29 July 1995
90 Katrina Boyd 1991–2000 28 9 v.  New Zealand, 24 March 1996
91 Joanne Peters 1996–2009 110 28 v.  New Zealand, 24 March 1996
92 Kristyn Swaffer 1996–2003 30 1 v.  New Zealand, 24 March 1996
93 Tammie Thornton 1996–1997 19 0 v.  New Zealand, 24 March 1996
94 Amy Wilson 1996–2003 39 2 v.  New Zealand, 24 March 1996
95 Shelley Youman 1996–1999 20 0 v.  United States, 4 July 1996
96 Bryony Duus 1994–2004 47 2 v.  United States, 4 July 1996
97 Kelly Golebiowski 1996–2005 64 14 v.  United States, 4 July 1996
98 Belinda Kitching 1996–1999 32 0 v.  Japan, 9 July 1996
99 Amy Taylor 1997–2005 27 2 v.  United States, 28 February 1997
100 Kristy Moore 1997–1999 7 1 v.  Sweden, 7 August 1997
101 Alicia Ferguson 1997–2007 66 6 v.  Hungary, 11 August 1997
102 Tracie McGovern 1997–1999 4 0 v.  China PR, 16 November 1997
103 Trudy Diamond 1997 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 19 November 1997
104 Natalie Thomas 1998–2002 13 3 v.  American Samoa, 9 October 1998
105 Joanne Butland 1999–2000 4 0 v.  Italy, 8 January 1999
106 Peita-Clare Hepperlin 1999–2002 19 0 v.  Canada, 10 January 1999
107 Danielle Small 1999–2008 44 10 v.  Canada, 10 January 1999
108 Heather Garriock 1999–2011 130 20 v.  China PR, 28 October 1999
109 Leanne Trimboli 2000–2001 3 0 v.  Czech Republic, 10 January 2000
110 Kate McShea 2000–2009 73 2 v.  Japan, 31 May 2000
111 April Mann 2001–2004 28 18 v.  France, 11 January 2001
112 Taryn Rockall 2001–2003 11 0 v.  France, 11 January 2001
113 Rhian Davies 2002–2007 66 3 v.  South Korea, 13 January 2002
114 Gillian Foster 2002–2005 39 1 v.  South Korea, 13 January 2002
115 Zoe Nolan 2001–2002 1 0 v.  South Korea, 19 January 2002
116 Cassandra Kell 2002–2005 24 0 v.  South Korea, 19 January 2002
117 Olivia Hohnke 2002–2004 8 1 v.  Canada, 26 September 2002
118 Tal Karp 2002–2004 27 2 v.  Canada, 26 September 2002
119 Thea Slatyer 2002–2012 51 3 v.  Canada, 26 September 2002
120 Melissa Barbieri 2002–2015 86 0 v.  Canada, 28 September 2002
121 Hayley Crawford 2003–2015 10 2 v.  South Korea, 26 January 2003
122 Pam Grant 2003–2004 12 0 v.  Mexico, 29 January 2003
123 Karla Reuter 2003–2010 49 0 v.  China PR, 28 August 2003
124 Lisa De Vanna 2004– 150 47 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
125 Sarah Walsh 2004–2012 70 31 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
126 Leah Blayney 2004–2006 16 0 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
127 Kate Gill 2001–2015 86 41 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
128 Lana Harch 2004–2009 24 5 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
129 Selin Kuralay 2004–2008 17 2 v.  New Zealand, 18 February 2004
130 Kylie Ledbrook 2004–2011 19 1 v.  China PR, 1 July 2004
131 Sally Shipard 2004–2011 59 4 v.  China PR, 1 July 2004
132 Collette McCallum 2005–2015 81 11 v.  China PR, 30 January 2005
133 Kim Carroll 2005–2014 55 2 v.  China PR, 30 January 2005
134 Caitlin Munoz 2005–2015 57 13 v.  Japan, 26 March 2005
135 Jessica Mitchell 2005 3 0 v.  Japan, 29 March 2005
136 Emma Wirkus 2005–2007 7 0 v.  Japan, 29 March 2005
137 Joanne Burgess 2005–2008 40 5 v.  Japan, 29 March 2005
138 Lydia Williams 2005– 83 0 v.  South Korea, 28 July 2005
139 Lauren Colthorpe 2005–2011 51 7 v.  China PR, 28 November 2005
140 Clare Polkinghorne 2006– 120 9 v.  China PR, 19 June 2006
141 Sasha McDonnell 2006–2007 2 0 v.  Japan, 19 November 2006
142 Amber Neilson 2001–2009 14 0 v.  Japan, 19 November 2006
143 Jenna Tristram 2007–2008 9 5 v.  Hong Kong, 7 April 2007
144 Ellen Beaumont 2007–2008 3 0 v.  New Zealand, 22 July 2007
145 Louisa Bisby 1999–2007 1 0 v.  New Zealand, 22 July 2007
146 Amy Chapman 2007–2013 20 4 v.  New Zealand, 22 July 2007
147 Victoria Balomenos 2007–2008 9 5 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
148 Tameka Yallop 2007– 82 10 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
149 Caitlin Cooper 2007–2018 10 2 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
150 Rachel Cooper 2007 1 0 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
151 Rachel Doyle 2007 1 0 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
152 Lyndsay Glohe 2007–2008 5 0 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
153 Elise Kellond-Knight 2007– 109 2 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
154 Ellyse Perry 2007–2012 18 3 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
155 Teresa Polias 2007–2019 11 0 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007
156 Renee Rollason 2007–2012 8 4 v.  Hong Kong, 4 August 2007

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