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FFA get the right coach for Matildas job, the wrong way | Richard Parkin

Amid the current febrile atmosphere, being an ‘outsider’ to the women’s game becomes a strength rather than a weaknessIn recent times when an A-League club needed a new head coach two phone calls were placed. One was to Ange Postecoglou, the other was …

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Ante Milicic confirmed as Matildas head coach for World Cup

Former Socceroos assistant to guide team in FranceCoach will meet with players this week in BrisbaneAnte Milicic, the former Socceroos assistant coach, has been named as the man to guide the Matildas out of the ongoing political fallout from the sackin…

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‘My career is in tatters’: Alen Stajcic breaks silence on Matildas sacking

Former coach says he is considering legal actionClaims he still does not know why he was sackedAlen Stajcic has hit out at Football Federation Australia after his sacking as Matildas coach, saying his career is in tatters and his reputation ruined but …

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Alen Stajcic ‘remains in dark’ nearly three weeks after Matildas axing

Ousted coach no wiser to the reasons for his departure‘This is not good enough,’ says Football Coaches Australia A frustrated Alen Stajcic still doesn’t know exactly why he was sacked as Matildas coach almost three weeks ago, according to Football Coac…

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Search for Matildas coach ramps up as Alen Stajcic mulls options

FFA to begin conducting interviews this weekStrong interest from ‘well credentialed coaches’Storm clouds around FFA’s decision to sack Matildas coach Alen Stajcic should bring their downpour within a week, as the jilted coach considers his options and …

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Football Federation Australia ‘swamped’ by applicants for Matildas job

Details about Alen Stajcic’s sacking remain unknownChris Nikou says board’s decision was unanimousFootball Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou remains defiant on the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as the search for his successor gathers pa…

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Alen Stajcic: Matildas thank sacked coach for his advocacy for women’s game

Players release statement via Professional Footballers AustraliaSpecific reasons for Stajcic’s dismissal still withheld from publicSacked Australian football coach Alen Stajcic has received an endorsement from his former players. The Matildas released …

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FFA remains tightlipped over Alen Stajcic despite Matildas’ show of support

CEO David Gallop meets with senior players Majority of squad show support for sacked coachSenior members of the Matildas have met with David Gallop after expressing their disappointment at coach Alen Stajcic’s sacking, but Football Federation Australia…

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More questions than answers as FFA cagey over Stajcic’s termination

With the World Cup looming, Matildas face challenges to rebuild culture on the road to FranceAs the fallout from Football Federation Australia’s termination of Alen Stajcic’s contract is absorbed, there are more questions than answers.At least one has …

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Matildas coach Alen Stajcic faces uncertain future ahead of World Cup

Disharmony between some players and coaching staff is said to have prompted review by Football Federation AustraliaLess than five months before the start of the Women’s World Cup, the future of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic is expected to be revealed by …

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2018: women’s sport leads the way in a landmark year

From new teams and new leagues to record crowds, 2018 has been a bumper yearWith a new NRLW competition kicking off, new teams announced for AFLW and changes to the status quo in netball, it has been a big year in women’s sport. Following the recent fi…

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Australia to host Cup of Nations as Matildas prepare for World Cup

Four-team tournament to take place early next yearArgentina, South Korea and New Zealand invitedThe Matildas will warm up for their tilt at next year’s World Cup with a four-team tournament to be held on home soil in February and March. Alen Stajcic’s …

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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: group stage draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Paris starting at 5pm GMTTop 100 female footballers in the world 2018Email Stuart or tweet @stuartgoodwin 4.58pm GMT … and today’s piece with Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, where she reflects on her eventful week … Related: …

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Matildas retain No 6 ranking, avoiding top five in World Cup group stage

United States remain world’s best women’s team, followed by Germany, France, England and CanadaThe Matildas’ World Cup ambitions have been bolstered by the release of the latest Fifa world rankings, which have the Australian women’s national team holdi…

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Caitlin Foord sparks goal rush as Matildas crush Chile

Australia win 5-0 in NewcastleFoord hits hat-trick; Sam Kerr also on scoresheetThe Matildas are back. After falling to a shock defeat in Penrith on Saturday, a degree of order was restored on a wild night in Newcastle where four goals in 17 breathless …

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Matildas v Chile: women’s football international – live!

Updates from the second game of the double header in NewcastleAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.26am GMT 7 – @TheMatildas’ Emily Gielnik has created seven scoring chances in her last four games, including three in just eight minutes against Ch…

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How costly does the Matildas’ defeat to Chile threaten to be? | Mike Hytner

Complex Fifa calculations mean Australian hopes of a seeding now lie out of their handsIn the moments after the final whistle blew in Penrith at the weekend, the immediate effects of the Matildas’ defeat to Chile were apparent: frustration, disappointm…

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New generation of golden girls not dampened by Matildas’ shock loss

Thousands flocked to Western Sydney to see superstar Sam Kerr’s Matildas – the result didn’t sour the positive impressionThe Matildas’ growing army of fans – a new generation of golden girls, turned up in their thousands to see their heroine show off h…