Young Matildas squad named for AFC U19 Championship
Head Coach Ante Juric has named his 23-player squad for the AFC U19 Women’s Championship to be held in Nanjing.
Up for grabs is a spot in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea next year.
To get there the Young Matildas must negotiate a tough Group A that includes hosts China PR, Japan and Uzbekistan.
The top two teams from Groups A and B will progress to the semi-finals, and from there the top three teams will qualify for the World Cup.
— Sunny Franco (@sunny_franco) July 31, 2015
Juric says it’s a massive challenge.
“The task of qualifying for the World Cup will be an extremely tough one and that all important top three finish would be a huge achievement,” he said.
“However, we have a belief that we can overcome anything that is thrown our way and we will put our best foot forward in this endeavour.”
Juric has chosen his squad with one eye on the future.
Four capped players for the Matildas, among them Larissa Crummer who featured in Australia’s recent FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Canada, will feature.
Five players from Newcastle’s Emerging Jets program also made the cut, as well as American-based Ayesha Norrie who is currently playing with Colorado Pride.
— Ayesha Norrie (@eash_norrie) August 6, 2015
Juric said: “I believe this squad is one with enormous potential, is well balanced and has quality in every position on the field.
“Larissa Crummer, Emma Checker, Amy Harrison and Alex Chidiac have all represented the Matildas, while there are a number of exciting and talented 15 and 16-year-old players who could be stars of the future.
“With 10 players eligible for the next Young Matildas campaign, this team is also one for the future and looking ahead to the bigger picture of becoming key players in our senior national setup.”
The Young Matildas depart for China on August 13 ahead of their first match against Japan at Jiangsu Training Base Stadium on Tuesday, August 18.
— Change Her Game (@ChangeHerGame) August 3, 2015
Westfield Young Matildas squad
Alex Chidiac Adelaide United, SA
Amy Harrison Sydney FC, NSW
Angela Beard Brisbane Roar, QLD
Ayesha Norrie Colorado Pride, USA
Beattie Goad Bulleen FC, VIC
Brooke Miller Emerging Jets, NNSW
Chloe O'Brien Western Sydney Wanders, NSW
Clare Wheeler Emerging Jets, NNSW
Ellie Carpenter FNSW NTC, NSW
Emma Checker Melbourne Victory, VIC
Georgia Plessas FNSW NTC, NSW
Hannah Southwell (gk) Emerging Jets, NNSW
Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (gk) FNSW NTC, NSW
Jordan Baker Illawarra Stingrays, NSW
Kobie Ferguson Emerging Jets, NNSW
Larissa Crummer Brisbane Roar, QLD
Nat Tobin Sydney FC, NSW
Oliva Price Sydney FC, NSW
Princess Ibini FNSW NTC, NSW
Sophie Nenadovic Emerging Jets, NNSW
Sunny Franco Brisbane Roar, QLD
Tara Pender Blacktown Spartans, NSW
Teagan Micah (gk) Brisbane Roar, QLD
Matildas AFC U-19 Women’s Championship – Matches
Japan v Westfield Young Matildas
Tuesday August 18, 2015
Jiangsu Training Base Stadium, Nanjing (Kick-Off 6pm AEST)
Westfield Matildas v China PR
Thursday August 20, 2015
Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Nanjing (Kick-Off 9pm AEST)
Westfield Matildas v Uzbekistan
Saturday August 22, 2015
Jiangsu Training Base Stadium, Nanjing (Kick-Off 4.00pm local, 6.00pm AEST)
Wednesday August 26, 2015
Winner Group A v Runner Up Group B
Winner Group B v Runner Up Group A
Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Nanjing
Saturday August 29, 2015
Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Nanjing (Kick-Off 10pm AEST)