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Matildas qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics

Tuesday March 8, 2016 by  

The Matildas have booked a spot at the Olympics for the first time since 2004 after a stirring 2-1 win over the world ranked 6th DPR Korea in Osaka on Monday night.

Heading into the game needing a draw or a win to qualify for Rio, Michelle Heyman gave the Matildas a 1-0 lead before Kim Su Gyong equalised for DPR Korea to set up a tense finale.

But in the 84th minute Katrina Gorry struck to put the result beyond doubt to make it four straight victories for the Matildas in the tournament and see an Australian football team feature in the Olympic arena for the first time in 12 years. Read more

Simon nets hat-trick in Matildas’ rout of Vietnam

Wednesday March 2, 2016 by  

A first half hat-trick from striker and stand in captain Kyah Simon has inspired the Matildas to a comprehensive 9-0 defeat of Vietnam to keep their 2016 Olympic qualification firmly on track.

The Matildas maintained their place at the top of the six team group standings with the one-sided result, five first half goals which included Simon’s hat-trick setting up the resounding win.

There were seven scorers in all, striker Emily Gielnik’s first Matildas goal starting the landslide with Simon, Alanna Kennedy, Ashleigh Sykes, Emily van Egmond and Michelle Heyman all chiming in before Clare Polkinghorne rounded it off with the ninth and final goal of the night. Read more

Matildas record historic victory over Japan

Tuesday March 1, 2016 by  

The Matildas have recorded a rousing 3-1 win over tournament hosts Japan and made some history in the process to open their Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 – Final Qualification Round in Osaka on a bitterly cold Monday night.

First half goals from Lisa De Vanna and Michelle Heyman followed by Katrina Gorry’s second half header gave the Matildas’ their first ever win against Japan on Japanese soil in eight attempts.

The victory over Japan was the Matildas’ sixth, and first since May 2010, against the former World Champions and the team who knocked the Matildas out at the Quarter Final stage of last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Read more

FFA and Phoenix agree to licence extension

Friday February 19, 2016 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Wellington Phoenix have agreed to a 10-year-deal for the extension of the club’s A-League licence.

Wellington Phoenix has an immediate four-year extension of its licence through to the end of the 2019/20 A-League with two further three-year extensions through to 2022/23 and then 2025/26, dependent on a number of factors, especially improved broadcast rights from New Zealand.

The immediate extension requires the authorisation of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Asian Football Federation (AFC), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and New Zealand Football (NZF). Read more

FFA sanctions Melbourne Victory

Wednesday February 17, 2016 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today fined Melbourne Victory $50,000 and imposed a suspended three (3) competition point deduction after finding the club guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

The finding relates to the misconduct of some Melbourne Victory supporters before, during and after last weekend’s Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park.

FFA has handed down the sanction after Melbourne Victory supporters were found to have taken part in a series of incidents, including the ignition of flares outside and inside AAMI Park, an alleged assault on TV news personnel outside the stadium, throwing missiles at a Melbourne City player and a Victoria Police officer, and altercations with police after the match. Read more

Wanderers found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute

Thursday February 11, 2016 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today fined the Western Sydney Wanderers $50,000 and imposed a suspended three (3) competition point deduction after finding the club guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following the misconduct of some of its supporters last Saturday.

The sanction has been handed down after FFA found some Western Sydney Wanderers fans took part in a pre-meditated and coordinated series of incidents including the ignition of flares and detonators and the display of unauthorised banners.

Where a serious incident occurs that FFA determines should trigger the suspended sanction, the Club will immediately lose three points in the A-League. This will apply to incidents that occur in or around any matches the club participates in and will be in place for a period of 12 months, through to 6 February 2017. Read more

World Cup dream ends for gritty Matildas

Sunday June 28, 2015 by  

The Matildas’ phenomenal run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ is over at the Quarter Final stage after succumbing to reigning world champions Japan 1-0 in hot conditions at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

A gritty Matildas outfit created some decent chances and managed to hold out a quality Japan but just when the game seemed destined for extra time, substitute Mana Iwabuchi struck to keep Japan’s World Cup defence alive.

It was a shattering way for the Matildas to bow out of the tournament, but with the average age of the squad just 23, which includes veterans Lisa De Vanna and Melissa Barbieri, the future is bright for this team that has captured the imagination and attention of many back home. Read more

History making Matildas reach the last eight

Monday June 22, 2015 by  

The Matildas are into the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ courtesy of a historic and exhilarating 1-0 win over Brazil in Moncton earlier today.

An 80th minute strike from substitute Kyah Simon was enough to see a senior Australian national football team win a knockout match at a World Cup for the first time.

Simon’s goal was her third of the tournament, the celebrations after she pounced on the follow up when Brazilian keeper Luciana could only parry away Lisa De Vanna’s initial shot outdone by the jubilant scenes at the final whistle as the Matildas knocked out the seventh ranked team in the world.

There were outstanding performances right across the field for the Matildas, Elise Kellond-Knight continued her stellar form while Caitlin Foord reproduced a display not dissimilar to the one she made against Brazil as a 16 year old at the last World Cup four years ago.

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams was another on the top of her game as she made some crucial saves throughout, the pick of them coming just before the half hour mark as she managed to tip a cracking shot headed for the top corner from the outstanding Formiga over the bar.

In what he described as his greatest moment in football, Head Coach Alen Stajcic could not have been prouder of his team.

“We’re all super proud and so excited, I think exhilarating is the word for such a victory against a big powerful football nation but there is still more to come,” Stajcic said.

“We’re really happy today and we’ll celebrate tonight but then it’s back to work tomorrow because we know we’ve got another potential world champion in our next round.”

“I can’t really express how proud we are of how they perform and how they carry out their tasks. The effort, the execution, the spirit, it has just been brilliant.

“There have been a lot of sacrifices in the last five months and I guess it pays off on days like this.”

The Matildas will now await the winner of Japan and the Netherlands to see who they will meet in the last eight, with Australia’s quarter final to be played on Saturday 27 June at 2.00pm local time in Edmonton.

News Source: FFA Media

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Match Details:

Australia – 1 (Simon 80’)
Brazil – 0
Crowd: 12,054 @ Moncton Stadium, Moncton. Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)

Matildas starting line-up: 1.Lydia Williams (gk), 5.Laura Alleway, 7.Steph Catley, 8.Elise Kellond-Knight, 9.Caitlin Foord, 10.Emily van Egmond, 11.Lisa de Vanna (c), 13.Tameka Butt (19.Katrina Gorry 72’), 14.Alanna Kennedy, 20.Samantha Kerr, 23.Michelle Heyman (17.Kyah Simon 64’). Substitutes not used: 2.Larissa Crummer, 3.Ashleigh Sykes, 4.Clare Polkinghorne, 6.Servet Uzunlar, 12.Leena Khamis, 15.Teresa Pollas, 16.Hayley Raso, 18.Melissa Barbieri (gk), 21.Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 22.Nicola Bolger. Yellow Cards: Nil. Red Cards: Nil.

Brazil starting line-up: 1.Luciana (gk), 2.Fabiana, 3.Monica, 5.Andressa, 6.Tamires (18.Raquel Fernandes 83’), 8.Thaisa (7.Beatriz 83’), 9.Andressa Alves, 10.Marta, 11.Cristiane, 16.Rafaelle, 20.Formiga. Substitutes not used: 4.Rafaela, 12.Barbara (gk), 13.Poliana, 14.Gessica, 15.Tayla, 17.Rosana, 19.Maurine, 21.Gabriela, 22.Darlene, 23.Leticia (gk). Yellow Cards: Fabiana 14’, Marta 81’. Red Cards: Nil.

Matildas progress to knockout stage

Wednesday June 17, 2015 by  

The Matildas are through to the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ after finishing second in their group following a tense 1-1 draw with Sweden tonight in Edmonton.

Dubbed the ‘group of death’ before the 2015 tournament began, many had their doubts that Australia would even make it out of the group but the valuable point against Sweden ensured the Matildas would play in a third consecutive knockout stage as they move into the Round of 16 where they will now meet Brazil in Moncton early on Monday morning AEST.

Lisa De Vanna’s already remarkable reputation and standing at World Cups was enhanced even further as she gave the Matildas the dream start after just five minutes. Read more

Simon double helps Matildas account for Nigeria

Saturday June 13, 2015 by  

The Matildas’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ campaign is well and truly alive as a double from Kyah Simon gave them a crucial 2-0 victory over Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium earlier today.

Matildas striker Kyah Simon at training in the lead up to scoring a brace against Nigeria.
Photo courtesy of FFA Media

Simon struck in each half to secure the Australians a precious three points, the result catapulting Australia into second position in the group behind the USA who drew 0-0 with Sweden in today’s other Group D encounter.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic made three changes for the match with Nigeria from the team that took on the USA, Alanna Kennedy partnering Laura Alleway in the centre of defence, Lydia Williams starting in goals, while Simon came in to lead the line in place of Michelle Heyman.

Wary of the unpredictability and threat the Nigerians posed, the Matildas were well disciplined in executing their game plan, combining well in the front third while managing to limit the goal scoring chances of a formidable Nigeria attack. Read more