Football Australia has officially revealed the provisional squad for the Matildas, who will be participating in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup. The squad consists of 29 players who will undergo final preparations before the tournament begins on July 20. Prior to the World Cup, the squad and Matildas staff will convene on the Gold Coast for an exclusive high-performance camp and later travel to Melbourne for a friendly match against France, currently ranked 5th in the world, on July 14. After the match, the team will be based in Brisbane until the start of the tournament. The final 23-player squad will be announced on July 3, resulting in the exclusion of six players.
Although there are no new additions, two veteran players, Kyah Simon and Chloe Logarzo, who have suffered from injuries, have received clearance to participate. Simon, who suffered an ACL tear while playing for Tottenham Hotspur last October, seemed unlikely to recover in time for the World Cup. However, selectors have shown confidence in her abilities. Logarzo also overcame her own ACL injury in 2021 but encountered setback due to plantar fasciitis in her left foot during her comeback campaign with Western United in the A-League Women’s competition. Despite their injuries, Tameka Yallop and Alanna Kennedy, who have been dealing with ankle and calf issues respectively, were also included in the squad.
Head coach Tony Gustavsson expressed that the squad was chosen based on the dedication and hard work demonstrated by the players and staff throughout the years leading up to the World Cup. Gustavsson stated, “We have always emphasized the importance of having 23 players committed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but now we understand that it takes more than that to reach this stage. I am excited to work with the players named in this provisional squad during the final phase of our preparation. They have shown unwavering commitment, and this gives us the opportunity to refine and solidify our game plan for the incredibly thrilling weeks ahead. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the federation, my devoted national team staff, and the clubs for their support in providing the players with the ideal platform for the tournament of a lifetime.”
Australia’s first match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be against the Republic of Ireland on July 20 in Sydney. They will then face Nigeria on July 27 and Canada on July 31 in the group stage matches.
Here is the provisional squad for the Matildas Women’s World Cup:
– Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United)
– Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyon)
– Steph Catley (Arsenal)
– Alex Chidiac (Racing Louisville)
– Kyra Cooney-Cross (Hammarby IF)
– Larissa Crummer (SK Brann)
– Caitlin Foord (Arsenal)
– Mary Fowler (Manchester City)
– Emily Gielnik (Unattached)
– Katrina Gorry (Vittsjö GIK)
– Charlotte Grant (Vittsjö GIK)
– Clare Hunt (Western Sydney Wanderers)
– Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City)
– Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
– Chloe Logarzo (Western United)
– Aivi Luik (BK Häcken)
– Teagan Micah (FC Rosengård)
– Courtney Nevin (Leicester City on loan from Hammarby IF)
– Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjö GIK)
– Hayley Raso (Unattached)
– Amy Sayer (Stanford University)
– Remy Siemsen (Leicester City)
– Kyah Simon (Unattached)
– Emily Van Egmond (San Diego Wave)
– Cortnee Vine (Sydney)
– Clare Wheeler (Everton)
– Jada Whyman (Sydney)
– Lydia Williams (Brighton & Hove Albion FC)
– Tameka Yallop (SK Brann)
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