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Matildas v China: Olympic football qualifying tournament – live!

Updates from Australia’s final match at Bankwest StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 8.11am GMT So, first to team news – specifically Australia’s XI to start, where it’s a return to what you’d have to say is Ante Milicic’s strongest eleven. …

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Thailand v Australia: Olympic qualifying football – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ game at Campbelltown StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 8.45am GMT 10 min: Gielnik wins the ball but the Bayern Munich forward leaves it for Gorry, who was heading in the wrong direction. Carpenter races in now fo…

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Matildas step out of Sam Kerr’s shadow and thrive with spotlight on them | Samantha Lewis

The 7-0 demolition of Taiwan showed just what Australia are capable of when their star player is not on the pitchWill she play? Won’t she play? It is a measure of how far the women’s game has come that so many column inches have been dedicated to a sin…

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Sam Kerr admits to challenging start to Chelsea career

‘I’m out of my comfort zone,’ says Matildas captainKerr has been tested mentally and physicallyShe has been bothered by a leg injury for almost the entire time, but it is the mental challenge that has proven to be Sam Kerr’s biggest hurdle in England. …

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Quarantined Chinese footballers forced to train in Brisbane hotel corridor

Women’s team is in isolation due to coronavirus fearsChina to meet Australia in Olympic qualifiers next weekThe Chinese women’s football team have been forced to train in hotel corridors ahead of their Olympic qualifying opener in Sydney on Friday. The…

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Ticket sales on hold as coronavirus casts doubt over Matildas Olympic qualifiers

Chinese team remain in Brisbane hotel quarantineIsolation period ends two days after first gameThe Matildas’ qualification tournament for this year’s Olympics is in doubt amid fresh concerns about the potentially lethal coronavirus. Just hours after an…

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Ticket sales on hold as coronavirus casts doubt over Matildas Olympic qualifiers

Chinese team remain in Brisbane hotel quarantineIsolation period ends two days after first gameThe Matildas’ qualification tournament for this year’s Olympics is in doubt amid fresh concerns about the potentially lethal coronavirus. Just hours after an…

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Chaos delights as W-League proves it has more to offer than just its Matildas | Ella Reilly

The league’s non-international players were able to take centre stage during a wild round The double pendulum swing is one of the most well-known symbols of chaos theory. The lines traced by a double-jointed line, which makes sense when its creation is…

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Consistency of Matildas squad at odds with inconsistency of messaging | Samantha Lewis

Lisa De Vanna has been omitted once again despite having met coach Ante Milicic’s demandsIn early November, as the Matildas were preparing to host Chile in a two-game friendly series, head coach Ante Milicic specified what players should do in order to…

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Sam Kerr to make Chelsea Women’s Super League debut against Reading

Matildas star striker to face 6th place Reading on SundayChelsea trail Arsenal by four points with game in handMatildas superstar Sam Kerr will make her long-awaited Chelsea debut on Sunday in what’s been called a turning point signing for women’s foot…

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The post-Sam Kerr reality is proving a harsh one for Perth Glory | Ella Reilly

As Sam Kerr prepares to make her Chelsea debut, the club she left behind, Perth Glory, will look on with pride but also a hopeless sense of longingSince touching down in London earlier this week and joining her first training sessions with Chelsea, Sam…

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Joint bid for 2023 Women’s World Cup a chance to grow game in New Zealand | Ella Reilly

New Zealand’s sporting identity has long been shaped by the exploits of its male competitors, but the country’s joint bid for the next football Women’s World Cup can help change that We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by suppo…

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David Squires on … the not-very-official 2019 Australian football awards

Our cartoonist, statuettes in hand, announces the winners of Australian football’s most-coveted awards – the ones he makes upTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Sam Kerr the best in the world? Tell us something we don’t know | Samantha Lewis

Judged this week by the Guardian as the best female footballer on the planet, Matildas captain Sam Kerr now has her chance to prove it on the European club stageAcross all the years I’ve watched Sam Kerr play football, there’s one moment that stands ou…

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Sam Kerr: Australia striker named Guardian’s best female footballer of 2019 – video profile

Sam Kerr has been named the Guardian’s best female footballer of 2019. The Australian player, who recently joined the Women’s Super League title contenders Chelsea, scored five goals at the World Cup this summer, leading Australia to the last 16. The 2…

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Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’HaraIn Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back El…

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Sam Kerr’s watershed move and the start of the new normal for women’s football | Samantha Lewis

Chelsea’s signing of the Matildas striker should herald a push towards further investment by clubs and leaguesWhen Sam Kerr poked a reluctant toe at her first football at the age of 12, having been forced by her parents to abandon her first love – Aust…

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Matildas address major World Cup concerns in dual victories against Chile | Richard Parkin

Significant steps have been taken over the lack of depth at centre-back and an over-reliance on Elise Kellond-Knight in midfieldA two-game end-of-year friendly series against an emerging women’s football nation, months between significant competitive g…

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W-League 2019-20 season preview: team-by-team guide

Energised by local youth but anchored by international stars, how the nine clubs shape up for season 11 On the face of it, a delayed draw, inconsistent squad announcements and a muted marketing campaign have not given much cause for enthusiasm for the …

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Emily Gielnik fires Matildas past Chile for second time in a week

Australia beat South Americans 1-0 in AdelaideGielnik’s 23rd-minute goal proves to be winnerEmily Gielnik’s first-half goal proved the difference as Australia secured their second win over Chile in four days, albeit with another unconvincing display ag…