Initial selections in for 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup

Commonwealth Bank Matildas Head Coach Tony Gustavsson has announced a travelling squad of 25 players to commence the final stage of Australia’s preparation for the 20th edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™.

The travelling squad will assemble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a pre-tournament training camp from 10 January, with the final 23-player roster arriving in India just days ahead of Australia opening its campaign against Indonesia on 21 January in Mumbai.

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21 players have received final selection for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™, with Gustavsson naming a further four players (4) who will travel to the UAE. Following the conclusion of the pre-tournament training camp, a further two players will be added to the final tournament squad of 23.

Led by captain Sam Kerr and vice-captain Steph Catley, the 21 selected AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ squad members features a strong mix of experienced tournament campaigners, as well as new and emerging national team talent. All 21 confirmed players having plied their trade at one time in the professional careers in the Liberty A-League Women.

Gustavsson, who confirmed his squad at a virtual media conference earlier today, said he is confident Australia has a squad to make the switch to tournament mode as Commonwealth Bank Matildas take on Asia’s best.

“The AFC Women’s Asian Cup is a prestigious tournament in which Australia has a proud history,” said Gustavsson. “It is a hotly contested competition in one of the toughest confederations in women’s football and we are ready to take on the challenge of some very good nations head on.”

“We considered a lot of factors and reflected on the experience of the Toyko Olympics in assembling this roster. It was important that, with the initial 21 players selected, we found the balance between players that have been the back-bone of the national team for the past decade and providing experience to a new group of players with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ next year in mind.”

Defender Charli Grant, forward Remy Siemsen and midfielder Clare Wheeler are set to make their international tournament debuts after promising showings late in 2021 following their national team maiden caps. Meanwhile the roster announcement sees the return of veteran Aivi Luik. Playing consistently in Italy’s Serie A, the highly regarded Luik will pull the national team jersey back on after short international absence following the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Of the veteran player, Gustavsson explained the need to opt for players who can not only lead the team on the park but also provide important guidance off the pitch to the more inexperienced tournament players.

“It’s no secret that we have a wealth of talent in certain areas of the park, and that unfortunately means that there are some disappointed players today that have not been selected despite being in good form.”

“Having the right mix of skills to win matches is paired with the right experience on the training park and in the dressing room. Over the past six months we have worked to examine the talent pool extensively and we think we have found that balance with this squad.”

“With additional time before we arrive in India, we wanted to ensure players have every single moment available to them to make their case to be a part of the Asian Cup.”

“I want to express my thanks to the Liberty A-League Women’s clubs, my fellow women’s national team coaches in Leah [Blayney] and Rae [Dower] and the National Premiers clubs for their support in preparing players to be in a position to fly during this tournament.”

“Finally, I congratulate all the players over the past six months who have put in significant effort to make this task at times a difficult one.”

Australia will play Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand in Group B at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™. The Commonwealth Bank Matildas will play all three of their group matches at Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai.

All matches will be broadcast live on either Network 10 or 10Bold and streamed via Paramount+ and 10 Play in Australia.


CommBank Matildas Travelling Squad | AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ | January 2022

Name

Position

Club

Caps (goals)

Junior Club / Member Fed

Mackenzie ARNOLD

Goalkeeper

West Ham United

27 (0)

Burleigh / Football QLD

Ellie CARPENTER

Back

Lyon

54 (1)

Cowra and District / Football NSW

Steph CATLEY

Back

Arsenal WFC

96 (3)

East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria

Kyra COONEY-CROSS

Midfielder

Melbourne Victory

14 (0)

Ballarat City / Football Victoria

Caitlin FOORD

Forward

Arsenal WFC

95 (21)

Warilla Wanderers / Football NSW

Mary FOWLER

Forward

Montpellier

20 (5)

Leichhardt / Football QLD

Emily GIELNIK

Forward

Aston Villa

50 (11)

Redlands United / Football QLD

Charlotte GRANT

Back

FC Rosengård

3 (0)

Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football SA

Winonah HEATLEY*

Back

Melbourne City

0 (0)

Mossman and Cairns / Football QLD

Alanna KENNEDY

Back

Manchester City

102 (8)

Campbelltown Cobras / Football NSW

Sam KERR

Forward

Chelsea

104 (49)

Western Knights / Football West

Aivi LUIK

Back

Pomigliano

33 (0)

Palm Beach SC / Football QLD

Holly McNAMARA*

Forward

Melbourne City

0 (0)

Ermington United Sports and Recreation Club / Football NSW

Teagan MICAH

Goalkeeper

FC Rosengård

8 (0)

Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football QLD

Courtney NEVIN

Back

Melbourne Victory

7 (0)

Oakville Ravens / Football NSW

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Back

Vittsjö GIK

138 (12)

Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / Football QLD

Hayley RASO

Forward

Manchester City

58 (6)

Banora Point / Football QLD

Karly ROESTBAKKEN*

Back

Canberra United (on loan)

7 (0)

Monaro Panthers / Capital Football

Remy SIEMSEN

Forward

Sydney FC

2 (0)

Manly United / Football NSW

Kyah SIMON

Forward

Tottenham Hotspur

105 (27)

Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football NSW

Emily VAN EGMOND

Midfielder

Newcastle Jets (on loan)

112 (23)

Dudley-Redhead / Northern NSW Football

Cortnee VINE*

Forward

Sydney FC

0 (0)

Peninsula Power FC / Football QLD

Clare WHEELER

Midfielder

Fortuna Hjørring

5 (0)

Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football

Lydia WILLIAMS

Goalkeeper

Arsenal WFC

95 (0)

Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football

Tameka YALLOP

Midfielder

West Ham United

101 (11)

Mudgeeraba / Football QLD

*Selected as part of the travelling squad for the pre-tournament camp in the UAE but not confirmed members of the final tournament squad

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Indonesia

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022

Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai

Kick-off: 3.30pm (local), 9pm (AEDT)

Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on 10 Bold, 10 Play and Paramount+

Philippines v Commonwealth Bank Matildas

Date: Monday, 24 January 2022

Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai

Kick-off: 3.30pm (local), 9pm (AEDT)

Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10, 10 Play and Paramount+

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Thailand

Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022 / Friday, 28 January 2022

Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai

Kick-off: 7.30pm (local), 01:00am (AEDT)

Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10, 10 Play and Paramount+

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