Australia women's national soccer team
|Association||Football Federation Australia|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Tony Gustavsson|
|Most caps||Cheryl Salisbury (151)|
|Top scorer||Lisa De Vanna (47)|
|Current||9 2 (16 April 2021)|
|Highest||4 (December 2017)|
|Lowest||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||8 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1983)|
|Best result||Winners (1994, 1998, 2003)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1975)|
|Best result||Winners (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. Under a naming rights deal with Scentre Group and its predecessor, Westfield Group, the team has been branded as "Westfield Matildas" since 2008.
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.
The Australian Women's Soccer Association (AWSA) was founded in 1974 and a representative Australian team competed at the following year's Asian Women's Championship. 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. Australia played against club teams at the tournament and none of the players' appearances counted as official caps. 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).
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.
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.
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. Hosting the 1989 Oceania Cup in Brisbane, the Australians finished third (A team) and fourth (B team). 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, which resulted in New Zealand progressed to the World Cup as OFC representative.
Between 1991 and 1994, the Matildas played internationally during a tour of Russia in 1994. 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.
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.
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. During the team's second match, a 4–2 loss to China, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first goal at a World Cup. In the final group match against cup holders the United States, 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.
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. To promote themselves and raise funds for the team, in 1999 the Matildas posed nude for a calendar, which sold over 40,000 units.
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. 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.
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. The Matildas won their first Olympic game ever against Greece, and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, losing to Sweden 2–1.
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 again losing, leaving the Matildas in fourth place.
|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.
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.
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.
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, 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, who avenged the defeat one year prior in the penalty shootouts as goalkeeper Bárbara saved Alanna Kennedy's kick.
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. The Matildas went on to defeat Japan 4–2 and Brazil 6–1 to finish as the inaugural tournament champions. 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, and an even larger crowd of nearly 17,000 attending the next match 3 days later in Newcastle.
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. 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.
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. 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. Former men's national team assistant Ante Milicic was later appointed coach.
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.
Australia will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup along with New Zealand, after the bidding decision was announced on 25 June 2020. In September 2020, Football Federation Australia named Swede Tony Gustavsson as the Matildas' new head coach, signing him on a deal running through 2024, including the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup in India, the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The team's official nickname is "the Matildas" (from the Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda"), having been known as the "Female Socceroos" before 1995. Under a naming rights deal with Scentre Group and its predecessor, Westfield Group, the team has been branded as "Westfield Matildas" since 2008.
FIFA world rankings
- As of 12 April 2021
Best Ranking Best Mover Worst Ranking Worst Mover
|Australia's FIFA world rankings|
Results and fixtures
|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 to 2019||Australia women's national soccer team results (2010–19)|
|2020 to 2029||Australia women's national soccer team results (2020–29)|
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Void or Postponed Fixture
|14 April 2020 Friendly||Canada||Cancelled||Australia||Vancouver, Canada|
|19:30 PST||Cancellation||Stadium: BC Place|
|10 April 2021 Friendly||Germany||5–2||Australia||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|16:10||Report||Gielnik 82', 90+2'||Stadium: Brita-Arena|
Referee: Marta Frías Acedo (Spain)
|13 April 2021 Friendly||Netherlands||5–0||Australia||Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|18:30 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stadion de Goffert|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
Current coaching staff
|Head coach||Tony Gustavsson|
|Assistant coach||Melissa Andreatta|
|Goalkeeping coach||John Gorza|
- As of 13 April 2021 after the match against Netherlands.
|13||Hesterine de Reus||2013–2014||13||6||2||5||46.15%|
Caps and goals are current as of 13 April 2021 after the match against the Netherlands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Lydia Williams||13 May 1988||89||0||Arsenal|
|18||GK||Mackenzie Arnold||25 February 1994||25||0||West Ham United|
|2||DF||Alexandra Huynh||25 July 1994||1||0||Napoli|
|4||DF||Clare Polkinghorne||1 February 1989||126||10||Vittsjö GIK|
|5||DF||Laura Brock||28 November 1989||62||2||EA Guingamp|
|7||DF||Karly Roestbakken||17 January 2001||7||0||LSK Kvinner|
|13||DF||Beattie Goad||31 May 1997||2||0||SV Meppen|
|14||DF||Alanna Kennedy||21 January 1995||89||7||Tottenham Hotspur|
|23||DF||Emma Checker||11 March 1996||7||0||UMF Selfoss|
|3||MF||Aivi Luik||18 March 1985||27||0||Sevilla|
|8||MF||Amy Sayer||30 November 2001||4||0||Stanford Cardinal|
|10||MF||Emily van Egmond||12 July 1993||99||23||West Ham United|
|11||MF||Dylan Holmes||22 March 1997||1||0||BK Häcken|
|19||MF||Ella Mastrantonio||22 January 1992||7||1||Bristol City|
|9||FW||Caitlin Foord||11 November 1994||85||20||Arsenal|
|12||FW||Indiah-Paige Riley||20 December 2001||1||0||Fortuna Hjørring|
|15||FW||Emily Gielnik||13 May 1992||39||10||Vittsjö GIK|
|16||FW||Hayley Raso||5 September 1994||48||6||Everton|
|17||FW||Mary Fowler||14 February 2003||6||0||Montpellier|
|20||FW||Sam Kerr (captain)||10 September 1993||90||42||Chelsea|
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||Annalee Grove||15 June 2001||0||0||Adelaide United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|GK||Sally James||18 October 2002||0||0||Canberra United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|GK||Miranda Templeman||3 February 2003||0||0||Football West NTC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Ellie Carpenter||28 April 2000||42||1||Olympique Lyonnais||v. Germany, 10 April 2021PRE|
|DF||Ellie Brush||19 August 1988||2||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Margaux Chauvet||27 May 2002||0||0||Western Sydney Wanderers||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Charlotte Grant||20 September 2001||0||0||Adelaide United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Ally Green||17 August 1998||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Angelique Hristodoulou||17 September 2001||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Emma Ilijoski||8 January 2003||0||0||Canberra United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Claudia Mihocic||12 April 2003||0||0||Melbourne Victory||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Courtney Nevin||12 February 2002||0||0||Western Sydney Wanderers||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Jamilla Rankin||9 May 2003||0||0||Brisbane Roar||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|DF||Natasha Rigby||24 January 1993||0||0||Perth Glory||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Chloe Logarzo||22 December 1994||48||8||Kansas City||v. Germany, 10 April 2021PRE|
|MF||Amy Harrison||21 April 1996||13||0||PSV Eindhoven||v. Germany, 10 April 2021PRE|
|MF||Kyra Cooney-Cross||15 February 2002||0||0||Melbourne Victory||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Laura Hughes||6 June 2001||0||0||Canberra United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Grace Maher||18 April 1999||0||0||Canberra United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Taylor Ray||22 April 2001||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Charlize Rule||16 February 2003||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|MF||Clare Wheeler||14 January 1998||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|FW||Chelsie Dawber||12 January 2000||0||0||Adelaide United||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|FW||Bryleeh Henry||5 May 2003||0||0||Western Sydney Wanderers||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|FW||Hollie Palmer||1 March 2001||0||0||Melbourne City||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|FW||Cushla Rue||25 July 2003||0||0||FNSW Institute||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
|FW||Remy Siemsen||10 November 1999||0||0||Sydney FC||Women’s Talent ID Camp, 22–26 November 2020|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad / on stand-by.
- TOP Train-on player.
- RET Retired from national team.
- Julie Dolan (1979–1984)
- Sue Monteath (1984–1987)
- Julie Murray (1995–1999)
- Alison Forman (2000)
- Cheryl Salisbury (2003–2009)
- Melissa Barbieri (2010–2013)
- Clare Polkinghorne & Kate Gill (2013–2014)
- Clare Polkinghorne & Lisa De Vanna (2015–2019)
- Sam Kerr (2019–)
- As of 11 March 2020
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- Winners: 2008
- Winners: Australia Cup – 1999, 2001, 2002
- Winners: 2017 Tournament of Nations
- Winners: 2019 Cup of Nations
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
FIFA Women's World Cup
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2019||Round of 16||9th||4||2||1||1||9||6|
|2023||Qualified as Co-Hosts|
|Summer Olympics record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not qualify|
OFC Women's Nations Cup
|OFC Women's Nations Cup record|
AFC Women's Asian Cup
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record|
|2022||To be determined|
- 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.
- The 1979 AFC Women's Championship had a team representing Western Australia, but not the Australian National Team.
AFF Women's Championship
|AFF Women's Championship record|
|2004||Did not participate|
|2011||Did not participate|
|2013–present||See Australia women's national under-20 soccer team|
The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup".
|Algarve Cup record|
Tournament of Nations
|Tournament of Nations record|
- Sport in Australia
- W-League (Australia) – Current Australian women's national league
- Women's National Soccer League (WNSL) – defunct Australian women's national league
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
- "Teams of the Decades – Women's 1990–1999". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Levy, Joe (2 May 2019). "FFA and Westfield extend Matildas title sponsorship". SportsPro. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Women's Ranking". FIFA. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- "Australia – New Zealand 2023 to host ground-breaking FIFA Women's World Cup™". Matildas. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
- Williams 2007, p. 165
- 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.
- Cruickshank, Mark (31 December 2009). "Women's World Invitation Tournament 1978". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Teams of the Decades – Women's 1979–1989". Football Federation Australia. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Dolan, Julie. "1978 – World Women's Invitational Tournament Taiwan". JDolan.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Williams 2007, p. 157
- Garin, Eric (31 March 2011). "Oceania Cup (Women)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "It's been a long road to recognition as Matildas face their shot at glory". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Women's World Cup 2015: Remove the gender lens and back the Matildas". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Women's Oceania Cup 1989". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- Garin, Eric (21 September 2000). "Women's World Cup 1991 Oceania Qualifiers (Sydney)". rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
- Wilson, Caroline (11 September 2000). "A naked desire to win some credibility". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 17 October 2000.
- FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 – Matches". FIFA.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 – Matches". FIFA.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 – Matches". FIFA.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Waltzing a fine line". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 January 2003. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Team Profile – Australia". Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Matildas to face Sweden | : The World Game". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women – Sweden 2:1 (2:0) Australia – Overview". FIFA.com. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Women kick off World Cup campaign in style". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2008.
- "Matildas win Asian Cup on penalties". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Australia Vs Equatorial Guinea: Blatant Handball Missed By Referee". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- Iwabuchi (27 June 2015). "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ – Matches – Australia-Japan". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Westfield Matildas qualify for the Rio Olympics!". Football Australia. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- Ultimate Guide: The Matildas take on host nation Brazil for a place in the Rio 2016 semi-finals
- Rio 2016: Matildas go down to Brazil in quarter-final shoot-out
- "Matildas record first-ever win against world champions USA". The World Game (SBS). 28 July 2017.
- "Matildas stun Brazil to win Tournament of Nations". ABC News. 4 August 2017.
- "Matildas clash with Brazil a sell out". The World Game. SBS. 3 September 2017.
- "Westfield Matildas topple Brazil in Newcastle". Football Federation Australia. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
- "Matildas and Kerr Australia's fan favourites at AIS awards". Australian Sports Commission website. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- "Latest". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- "USA BEATS BRAZIL, 4–1, TO CLAIM FIRST TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS TITLE". 2 August 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- "Alen Stajcic sacked as Matildas coach months out from Women's World Cup". ABC News. 19 January 2019.
- Richard Hinds (21 January 2019). "Sacked Matildas coach Alen Stajcic a victim of heightened expectations". ABC News.
- "Ante Milicic confirmed as Matildas head coach for World Cup". The Guardian. 18 February 2019.
- "Women's World Cup: Brazil Lose First Group Stage Match in 24 Years". News 18. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- "Australia and New Zealand selected as hosts of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
- Hytner, Mike; Lewis, Samantha (29 September 2020). "Tony Gustavsson: Swede named Matildas coach by Football Federation Australia". The Guardian.
- Levy, Joe (2 May 2019). "FFA and Westfield extend Matildas title sponsorship". SportsPro. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Australia - Women's". FIFA. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
- Lewis, Dave (7 November 2019). "Mr and Mrs Soccer relish reunion of pioneering Matildas". The World Game. SBS. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Rugari, Vince (27 June 2020). "'Unimaginable dream' comes to life for the Matildas pioneers of 1979". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Westfield W-League 2019/29 season and Westfield Matildas official guide" (PDF). Andy Howe. 13 November 2019. p. 133.
- Pryke, Juliet (25 September 2014). "Trixie Tagg". My Football. Football Australia. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Seemampillai, Janakan (15 June 2020). "Former Matildas coach hankering for 'bloody awesome' World Cup". The Women's Game. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
...Tagg, who became the first woman to become a Matildas coach in 1981.
- "Fred Robins". My Football. Football Australia. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Cockerill, Michael (25 May 1988). "Mandi Gets A Kick Out Of China Trip". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Cooke, Graham (15 June 1989). "Senior duties for Darby". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 11 April 2021 – via Trove.
- Seemampillai, Janakan (1 August 2020). "Stajcic treatment makes 'top coaches wary' of Matildas but 'political battle' is ongoing". Retrieved 11 April 2021.
Darby, who was the Matildas coach from 1989-91...
- "Sermanni returns to coach Matildas". ABC News. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Teams of the Decades | Women's 1990-1999". My Football. Football Australia. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "I stopped them stripping, says Matildas coach". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 August 2002. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Santrac Appointed Head Coach of AIS/Australian Women's Soccer Program". Australian Sports Commission. 29 November 2001. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011.
- "Tom Sermanni quits Matildas role to take up US women's national team post". Goal. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Hesterine de Reus named new Westfield Matildas head coach". Socceroos. Football Australia. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Lutz, Tom (17 April 2014). "Hesterine de Reus leaves her post as Matildas coach". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Migliaccio, Val (9 May 2014). "New Australian women's football team coach Alen Stajcic is ready for Asian Cup action". The Advertiser. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Alen Stajcic appointed Matildas head coach". The Women's Game. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Holmes, Tracey (22 January 2019). "Alen Stajcic, Matildas coach, sacked after quarter of players revealed they were afraid to ask for help". ABC News. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Ante Milicic confirmed as Matildas head coach for World Cup". The Guardian. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Milicic quits Matildas as A-League beckons". The World Game. SBS. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- Hytner, Mike; Lewis, Samantha (29 September 2020). "Tony Gustavsson: Swede named Matildas coach by Football Federation Australia". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
- "Gustavsson names 23 player squad for two European friendlies". Football Australia. 3 April 2021.
- "Carpenter and Harrison ruled out of Westfield Matildas squad". Football Australia. 7 April 2021.
- Lordanic, Marissa (9 March 2021). "A history of Westfield Matildas captains". My Football. Football Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Cronshaw, Damon (18 June 2019). "As the Matildas shine at the World Cup, Julie Dolan looks back to her days in green and gold". The Murray Valley Standard. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Pryke, Juliet (25 September 2014). "Sue Monteath". My Football. Football Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Windon, Jacob (27 February 2019). "'Fabulous progression': Westfield Matildas renew historic New Zealand rivalry". Matildas. Football Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Stavroulakis, Mark (3 August 2020). "Former Matilda star Julie Murray ready for Sports Star Sleep-Out". Football NSW. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Warby, Danielle (13 April 2016). "Matildas "Old Girls": Alison Forman, midfielder and 2000 Olympic captain". SBS. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Curulli, Chris (8 March 2021). "Legendary Westfield Matildas captain Cheryl Salisbury on what it means to be a leader". Matildas. Football Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Cheryl Salisbury". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
She captained the Matildas for seven years from 2003 until she retired in 2009
- "Westfield Matildas to face DPR Korea in Brisbane". My Football. Football Australia. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Polkinghorne honoured by Matildas captaincy". My Football. Football Australia. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Clare Polkinghorne and Lisa De Vanna named Matildas co-captains". The Women's Game. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Lisa De Vanna, Clare Polkinghorne spearhead Australia's Olympic squad". ESPN. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Sam Kerr selected captain of Australian women's soccer team". USA Today. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- Australia Cup
- Connolly, Paul (15 September 2017). "'They ARE feminine': the Matildas' long road from sexism in '79 to sellouts in '17". The Guardian.
- "Women's game thriving in the Algarve". FIFA. 9 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Williams, Jean (2007). "Waltzing the Matildas: Women's Football in Australia". A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football. Berg Publishers. ISBN 978-1845206758.
- Crawford, Fiona; McGowan, Lee (2020). Never Say Die: The hundred-year overnight success of Australian women's football. Sydney, N.S.W.: NewSouth. ISBN 978-1-74223-666-7. OCLC 1112693898.