Australia women's national association football team


Australia women's national association football team
Australia
Nickname(s) Matildas
Association Football Federation Australia
Head coach Tom Sermanni
Most caps Cheryl Salisbury (151)
Top scorer Cheryl Salisbury (38)
FIFA ranking 10
Highest FIFA ranking 9 (September 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 16 (October 2006)
Home colours
Away 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 4 (First in 1995)
Best result Quarterfinal (2007) 2011
AFC Women's Asian Cup (since 1975) and OFC Women's Championship (1983–2003)
Appearances AFC – 5 (First in 1975),
OFC – 7 (First in 1983)
Best result AFC – Winners (2010),
OFC – Winners (1995, 1998, 2003)

The Australia women's national association football team, nicknamed the Matildas (from the song Waltzing Matilda), represents Australia in international women's association football and is governed by Football Federation Australia (FFA). The team has regularly qualified for both the Women's World Cup and the Olympics although has won neither. It has had success at the continental level, being a triple Oceania Cup winner, as well as winning the Asia Cup once.

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History

Matildas before a game against Italy in 2009

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. 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.

The 1980s

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.

The 1990s

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 1998, 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 2000s

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,[1] 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

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 losing again, leaving the Matildas in fourth place.

The 2010s

In 2010 the Matildas won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup in China, beating at the finals the team of Korea DPR in the penalties, 5-4, after a regular time score of 1-1 (Australia's gol 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 disputed 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.

Olympic Games record

  • 1996Did not qualify
  • 2000 – Round 1
  • 2004 – Quarter-finals
  • 2008Did not qualify
  • 2012Did not qualify

World Cup record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1995 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 3 13
United States 1999 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
United States 2003 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 5
China 2007 Quarterfinals 4 1 2 1 9 7
Germany 2011 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 6 7
Total 5/6 17 3 4 10 24 39

AFC Women's Asian Cup record

Women's Asian Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Hong Kong1975 Third Place 4 2 0 2 12 6 +6
Republic of China1977 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
India1979 Fourth Place 6 2 0 4 0 5 −5
Hong Kong1981 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Thailand1983 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong1986 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong1989 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Japan1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Malaysia1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Malaysia1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China1997 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Philippines1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Chinese Taipei2001 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Thailand2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Australia2006 Second Place 6 4 2 0 15 2 +13
Vietnam2008 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 7 9 −2
China2010 Champions 5 4 0 1 7 3 +4
Total 5/17 26 14 2 10 41 25 +16
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

OFC Women's Championship

Oceania Women's Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
New Caledonia 1983 Runners Up 4 2 1 1 20 3 +17
New Zealand 1986 Runners Up 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2
Australia 1989 Third Place 4 1 1 2 7 6 +1
Australia 1991 Runners Up 4 3 0 1 21 1 +20
Papua New Guinea 1995 Champions 4 3 0 1 13 2 +11
New Zealand 1998 Champions 4 4 0 0 49 1 +48
Australia 2003 Champions 4 4 0 0 45 0 +45
Papua New Guinea 2007 Did Not Enter Transferred from OFC to AFC
Total 7/7 28 19 2 7 159 19 +140
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Melissa Barbieri (C) 20 January 1980 (age 31) 69 0 Australia Melbourne Victory
18 GK Lydia Williams 13 May 1988 (age 23) 25 0 Australia Canberra United
21 GK Casey Dumont 25 January 1992 (age 19) 0 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
2 DF Teigen Allen 12 February 1994 (age 17) 3 0 Australia Sydney FC
3 DF Kim Carroll 2 September 1987 (age 23) 30 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
4 DF Clare Polkinghorne 2 January 1989 (age 22) 39 2 Australia Brisbane Roar
5 DF Laura Alleway 28 November 1989 (age 21) 1 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
6 DF Ellyse Perry 3 November 1990 (age 20) 11 2 Australia Canberra United
7 MF Heather Garriock 21 December 1982 (age 28) 113 19 Sweden LdB Malmo
8 MF Elise Kellond-Knight 10 August 1990 (age 20) 14 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
10 MF Servet Uzunlar 8 March 1989 (age 22) 14 1 Australia Sydney FC
12 MF Emily van Egmond 12 July 1993 (age 17) 1 0 Australia Canberra United
13 MF Tameka Butt 16 June 1991 (age 20) 16 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
14 MF Collette McCallum 26 March 1986 (age 25) 58 9 Australia Perth Glory
15 MF Sally Shipard 20 October 1987 (age 23) 43 2 Australia Brisbane Roar
16 MF Lauren Colthorpe 25 October 1985 (age 25) 45 6 Australia Brisbane Roar
9 FW Caitlin Foord 11 November 1994 (age 16) 1 1 Australia Sydney FC
11 FW Lisa De Vanna 14 November 1984 (age 26) 62 23 United States MagicJack
17 FW Kyah Simon 25 June 1991 (age 20) 18 2 Australia Sydney FC
19 FW Leena Khamis 19 June 1986 (age 25) 11 3 Australia Sydney FC
20 FW Samantha Kerr 10 September 1993 (age 17) 9 2 Australia Perth Glory

See also

Netball.svg Women's sport portal
  • 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

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
2008 North Korea 
Asian Cup Champions
2010 (First title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
1991 New Zealand 
OFC Women's Champions
1995 (First title)
1998 (Second title)
2003 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2007 New Zealand 



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