Co-hosts Australia will look to cause an upset down under at the Women’s World Cup this summer.
The Matildas are welcoming the world to the quadrennial showpiece, alongside neighbours New Zealand, but head coach Tony Gustavsson will be desperate to ensure the nation aren’t just there to make up the numbers — but instead, hoping to produce something memorable in front of their fans.
Latest Australia odds to win the Women’s World Cup
|Australia to win the Women’s World Cup||5/1|
|Australia to reach the semi-finals||7/5|
|Sam Kerr to win Golden Boot||20/1|
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Australia’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage results
|Australia 1-0 Republic of Ireland||Stadium Australia||20 July, 11am BST|
|Australia 2-3 Nigeria||Lang Park||27 July, 11am BST|
|Canada 0-4 Australia||Melbourne Rectangular Stadium||31 July, 11am BST|
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Who could Australia meet in the knockout rounds?
A 4-0 win over Canada in the final game meant that Australia won Group B, which set up a last 16 match against Group D runners-up Denmark. The Matildas were pretty composed and comfortable in their 2-0 victory, seeing them into the quarter-finals where they’ll face one of France or Morocco.
After that it’s either England, Colombia or Jamaica, with Japan, Netherlands, Sweden or Spain awaiting in the final.
If Australia make it out of Group B as the winners, then they’re looking at a match-up against the runners-up of Group D, most likely one of Haiti, Denmark or China if England stick to the script and top the table. Bypass that, and it’s a quarter-final clash against the winners of Group F or runners-up of Group H, most likely to be France or Brazil. The semis opens up the possibility of England or Germany, before a match-up in the final against reigning champions United States.
|Route as Group B winners||Potential Opponent|
Confirmed Australia Women’s World Cup squad
|Teagan Micah||Goalkeeper||29||FC Rosengard|
|Mackenzie Arnold||Goalkeeper||25||West Ham|
|Clare Polkinghorne||Defender||34||Vittsjo GIK|
|Alanna Kennedy||Defender||28||Manchester City|
|Courtney Nevin||Defender||21||Leicester City|
|Aivi Luik||Defender||38||BK Hacken|
|Charlotte Grant||Defender||21||Vittsjo GIK|
|Clare Hunt||Defender||24||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Katrina Gorry||Midfielder||30||Brisbane Roar|
|Kyra Cooney-Cross||Midfielder||21||Hammarby IF|
|Alex Chidiac||Midfielder||24||Racing Louisville|
|Emily van Egmond||Midfielder||29||San Diego Wave|
|Kyah Simon||Forward||32||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Hayley Raso||Forward||28||Manchester City|
|Mary Fowler||Forward||20||Manchester City|
|Cortnee Vine||Forward||25||Sydney FC|
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Australia players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Australia World Cup Golden Boot contender – Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr was once again tremendous for Chelsea as they won the 2022/23 Women’s Super League title, top scoring for Emma Hayes’ side after Bethany England left for Spurs. For the Aussies, she’s just as prolific, with 63 goals in 120 caps, which makes her the nation’s leading scorer of all time. But she does have an uphill battle to fight, missing the first three games games due to injury and making a late cameo against Denmark.
Australia player to watch – Caitlin Foord
Caitlin Foord was in top form for Arsenal this season, registering six assists in the WSL, the most at the club as Jonas Eidevall’s side finished third. She was also inspirational as the club won the League Cup at the expense of Kerr’s Chelsea, so she will have been brimming with confidence heading into this tournament. She has been the one to step up at the World Cup in Kerr’s absence, finally getting her first goal against Denmark.
Australia emerging player to look out for – Mary Fowler
At just 20, Mary Fowler is certainly still in the early stages of her career, but she has already racked up an impressive 39 caps for Australia, and bagged 11 goals in that time. She’s just coming off the back of her maiden campaign for Man City, which was a slight struggle, but scored in the 4-0 win over Canada.
Australia tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Tony Gustavsson has been favouring the 4-4-2 at this World Cup with West Ham ‘keeper Mackenzie Arnold retain her place between the sticks, behind a back four of Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Hunt and Ellie Carpenter. Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso occupy either flank, while Katrina Gorry and Kyra Cooney-Cross control the engine room. Emily van Egmond has been starting alongside Mary Fowler but Sam Kerr will return when deemed fit enough.
Where are Australia in the FIFA world rankings?
Australia are currently 10th in the FIFA world rankings.
Who is the Australia manager?
Tony Gustavsson was named Australia manager in September 2020.
Who is the current Australia captain?
Sam Kerr is the current captain of Australia.
How many times have Australia won the World Cup?
Australia are yet to win the World Cup, finishing in the quarter-finals in three successive tournaments between 2007 and 2015.
How many times have Australia competed in the World Cup?
Having missed the first-ever Women’s World Cup, Australia have appeared every time since, with this being their eighth showing.
Who has scored Australia’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Lisa De Vanna is Australia’s top scorer at World Cups with seven goals, though Kerr is only two behind.