Australia have revealed their squad for the upcoming two-match international series against the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Head Coach Tony Gustavsson has continued to embrace a combination of experience and youth as the Commonwealth Bank Matildas prepare to face the current FIFA Women’s World Cup champions at Stadium Australia in Sydney (27 November) and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle (30 November).
“There truly is a no more exciting challenge for the team than to be taking on the world number one team, in front of thousands of passionate fans, in the stadium where the FIFA Women’s World Cup final will be played in 2023,” said Gustavsson.
“This could not be a better dress rehearsal for a World Cup final and we are going to treat it in the same way. From when we arrive, to those match days with what we hope will be record crowds, this is our chance to prepare for the big moments that want to be a part of in 2023.”
Captain Sam Kerr and vice-captain Steph Catley headline the 21 players returning from October’s Brazil series. While experienced England based duo Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik are recalled following recovery from injury, with the latter in line to record her 50th international appearance for the Commonwealth Bank Matildas.
At the other end of the spectrum, Commonwealth Bank Young Matildas centre back, Jessika Nash and forward Charlize Rule will receive their first senior team introduction as they join the significant cohort of players in 2021 to be provided with the opportunity to experience the national team training environment.
“In selecting the squad, balance was at the heart of the decision making,” said Gustavsson. “We know that this is our final occasion to see the group together before announcing the squad for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup next year, and our focus remains on this crucial preparation.”
“However, with another camp at home, we didn’t want to miss the chance to expose another two young players to our standards and team philosophy, and to find out whether they can be a part of the building of depth towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.”
The final matches of Australia’s 2021 international schedule, fans are eagerly taking advantage of the affordable ticket prices with junior registered participants, 12 years and under, accessing $5 tickets across all ticket categories with an accompanying adult or concession ticket purchase.
Network 10 will broadcast the two-match series live and free, with coverage simulcast on 10 Play.
Commonwealth Bank Matildas Squad | November 2021
Junior Club / Member Fed
West Ham United
Burleigh / Football QLD
Bethania Rams / Football QLD
Cowra and District / Football NSW
East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria
Ballarat City / Football Victoria
Warilla Wanderers / Football NSW
Leichhardt / Football QLD
Redlands United / Football QLD
Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football SA
Western Sydney Wanderers
Penrith FC / Football NSW
Campbelltown Cobras / Football NSW
Western Knights / Football West
Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football QLD
Doonside Hawks / Football NSW
Oakville Ravens / Football NSW
Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / Football QLD
Banora Point / Football QLD
Monaro Panthers / Capital Football
Queens Park FC / Football NSW
Manly United / Football NSW
Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football NSW
Emily van Egmond
Dudley-Redhead / Northern NSW Football
Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football
Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football
West Ham United
Mudgeeraba / Football Queensland