Young Matildas squad named for AFC U19 Championship

With the Joey’s flying high in Cambodia at the moment, the Young Matildas will soon get their chance to shine in China later this month.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Semi Finals

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

Final

Saturday August 29, 2015

Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Nanjing (Kick-Off 10pm AEST)

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