Three Victorian Players Included in Commonwealth Bank Matildas Squad for Olympic Qualifiers


Three Victorians have been named in the CommBank Matildas final squad for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024™ Asian Qualifiers Round 2 (Asian Qualifiers) to take place later this month in Perth, Western Australia.

Australia will start their path to Paris 2024 with Head Coach Tony Gustavsson naming a squad featuring many familiar faces for the training camp and three Asian Qualifiers matches.

Off the back of a historic FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ tournament, the squad features 21 members of the team that captured a nation and claimed fourth place at the global showpiece.

World Cup duo Aivi Luik and Kyah Simon are both unavailable as they return from injury, with U-23 Women’s National Team captain, Amy Sayer, rewarded for her recent strong form in Sweden and with the U-23 Program. Forward Charlize Rule will also travel to Perth with the 20-year-old returning to the senior national team environment for the first time since November 2021 in a train-on / development squad position.

Tony Gustavsson reflected on the return to the pitch for the national team following the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“It’s hard to believe that by the time we take the field in Perth that it would have been over two months since that exhilarating and unifying month of football in Australia,” Gustavsson said.

“While we have had some time to reflect on the impact of this remarkable team on and off the pitch, the special trait of this group is that they are always looking to embrace the next challenge and that is now qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“With just over 285 days to go until that opening kick-off in France, we have called up players that we know are ready to take us forward to the next phase of qualifying, while looking to reward a couple who have performed strongly in the U-23 Program,” he concluded.

Three Victorian Players Included in Commonwealth Bank Matildas Squad for Olympic Qualifiers

U-23 Women’s National Team Head Coach and CommBank Matildas’ Assistant Coach Melissa Andreatta expressed her pleasure at the reward for two members of her Program.

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“I couldn’t be more pleased for Amy and Charlie’s return to the CommBank Matildas for this upcoming training camp and Olympic Qualifiers as it is recognition for not only their incredible work in our U-23 Program but also the developmental strides they have both made in the last two years,” Andreatta said.

“Both players have been impressive in the manner they have applied themselves at club football and then brought that same focus at U-23 level. It reiterates the importance of our U-23 Program as a bridge between club football and the senior team.”

This month’s Asian Qualifiers will mark a highly anticipated return of the CommBank Matildas to the West Australian capital for the first time since 2018 and will be the first opportunity for Australians to see the team on home soil since this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Asian Qualifiers will see six matches played across three different match days with the group winner joining the winners of Group B and Group C, as well as the best-ranked runners-up, in Round 3. Round 3 will take place on 24 and 28 February 2024 with the winners of the two home-and-away series progressing to Paris.

“We are excited about the next chapter and continuing to build on the legacy for this team and it all starts in Perth,” Gustavsson stated.

“We understand the importance of high-quality performances and know these will be challenging matches against teams who will also be committed to continuing their journey to Paris next year,” he concluded.

Tickets for Match Day 1 & 3 at HBF Park have sold out, with in excess of 50,000 tickets sold for Match Day 2 at Optus Stadium on Sunday, 29 October. Remaining tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster.

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All Group A Match Day information and fixtures is available here.

All CommBank Matildas AFC Olympic Qualifiers will be broadcast live and free on Network 10, with all their Group A Asian Qualifiers matches from Perth available on Paramount+.

COMMBANK MATILDAS | FINAL SQUAD | 2024 AFC WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

NAME  POSITION CLUB  CAPS (GOALS) JUNIOR CLUB /
MEMBER FEDERATION
Mackenzie ARNOLD Goalkeeper West Ham United FC 42 (0) Burleigh Heads SC / Football Queensland 
Ellie CARPENTER Back Olympic Lyon 69 (3) Cowra and District JSC / Football New South Wales
Steph CATLEY (VC) Back Arsenal WFC 117 (5) East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria 
Alex CHIDIAC Midfielder Tigres UANL Femenil on loan from Racing Louisville 30 (2) Croydon Kings/ Football South Australia  
Kyra COONEY-CROSS Midfielder Arsenal WFC 35 (0) Become Become United FC / Football Queensland
Caitlin FOORD Forward Arsenal WFC 116 (30) Warilla Wanderers / Football New South Wales 
Mary FOWLER Midfielder Manchester City WFC 43 (11)  Leichhardt FC / Football Queensland 
Katrina GORRY Midfielder Vittsjö GIK 101 (17)  Mount Gravatt Hawks FC / Football Queensland
Charlotte GRANT Back Vittsjö GIK 19 (1)  Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football South Australia 
Clare HUNT Back Paris Saint-Germain FC 13 (0) Grenfell Junior Soccer Club / Football New South Wales
Alanna KENNEDY Back Manchester City WFC 114 (9) Campbelltown Cobras SC / Football New South Wales
Sam Kerr (C) Forward Chelsea WFC 125 (64)  Western Knights SC / Football West 
Teagan MICAH Goalkeeper Liverpool WFC 14 (0) Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football Queensland
Courtney NEVIN Back Leicester City WFC 24 (0) Oakville Ravens SC / Football New South Wales
Clare POLKINGHORNE Back Vittsjö GIK 163 (16) Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba Bulldogs / Football Queensland 
Hayley RASO Forward Real Madrid Women 78 (15) Banora Point SC / Football Queensland
Charlize RULE* Forward Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (0) Queens Park FC / Football New South Wales
Amy SAYER Midfielder Kristianstad’s DFF 6 (0) Northbridge FC / Football New South Wales
Emily VAN EGMOND Midfielder San Diego Wave FC 135 (31) Dudley Redhead United FC / Northern NSW Football
Cortnee VINE Forward Sydney FC 24 (3) Peninsula Power FC / Football Queensland
Clare WHEELER Midfielder Everton WFC 14 (0) Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football
Lydia WILLIAMS Goalkeeper Melbourne Victory FC 102 (0) Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football  
Say YALLOP Midfielder Brisbane Roar FC 115 (12) Mudgeeraba SC / Football Queensland
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*Denotes train-on / development squad player who will not be eligible for the three Asian Qualifiers matches

COMMBANK MATILDAS | GROUP A | MATCH SCHEDULE

MATCH DAY 1
Australia v IR Iran
Date: Thurs, 26 October 2023
Kick-off: 7.00pm AUGUST / 10.00pm AEDT
Venue: HBF Park, Perth, Australia

MATCH DAY 2
Philippines v Australia
Date: Sun, 29 October 2023
Kick-off: 3.00pm AUGUST / 6.00pm AEDT
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia

MATCH DAY 3
Australia v Chinese Taipei
Date: Wed, 1 November 2023
Kick-off: 7.00pm AUGUST / 10.00pm AEDT
Venue: HBF Park, Perth, Australia

Broadcast: All CommBank Matildas AFC Olympic Qualifiers will be broadcast live and free on Network 10, with all the AFC Olympic Qualifier matches from Perth available on Paramount+.