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Category: Matildas

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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…

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Matildas v Chile: international football friendly – live!

Updates from the match at Hindmarsh StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 8.45am GMT Straight to team news:Australia:STARTING XI | Here’s how we line up against @LaRoja in Adelaide tonight! : LIVE on @FOXFOOTBALL, @ABCTV, @kayosports and the M…

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How does the Matildas’ pay deal stack up against the rest? | Megan Maurice

The new collective bargaining agreement provides something approaching pay parity, but is it in line with other sports in Australia?Last week’s announcement of the new Matildas pay deal was a landmark for football in Australia. The new collective barga…

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Gender pay gap closed as parity confirmed in new Matildas deal

Equal share of revenues for national sidesAgreement is ‘blind to gender’, according to PFAFootball Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia have struck a landmark collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between Austra…

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Matildas’ equal pay deal is part of a global shift recognising value of women in sport | Samantha Lewis

The move is the most recent step in women’s football’s current global reckoning, but it will certainly not be the last The Matildas are on the verge of a landmark deal which will see them receive equal pay with their male counterparts in what has been …

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Matildas reportedly secure landmark deal to earn equal pay as Socceroos

Australian men’s and women’s national football teams reportedly to receive even share of commercial revenue under new dealThe Matildas have reportedly secured a groundbreaking deal to earn the same pay as the Socceroos.Football Federation Australia and…

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Omitted Lisa De Vanna remains in contention for Matildas’ Olympic qualification

Veteran striker left out of 21-player squad to face ChileUncapped Jenna McCormick and Sarah Willacy includedMatildas coach Ante Milicic has not put a line through Lisa De Vanna’s name despite overlooking the veteran striker for their Tokyo Olympics qua…

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Matildas captain Sam Kerr again in hunt for women’s Ballon d’Or

Kerr is one of 20 nominees for the individual global awardMatildas captain remains only Australian to make shortlistSam Kerr is the only Australian footballer, male or female, to make the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.The Matildas captain is one of 20 …

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Moya Dodd: ‘My role was to represent women’s football at the top table’ | Kieran Pender

The former Matildas vice captain opens up about her playing career, experiences on the Fifa Council and an enduring love of the gameThe meeting rooms at law firm Gilbert + Tobin, high in the Barangaroo complex with expansive views across Sydney, are na…

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From VAR drama to a viral video: six key Women’s World Cup moments

After 50 games and 141 goals we pick some of the tournament’s most significant talking points before its final weekendWhen the Lionesses captain, Steph Houghton, stepped up to the penalty spot the weight of England’s hopes and dreams were on her should…

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Australian football needs to heed Sam Kerr’s World Cup exit rallying cry | Richard Parkin

If Australia is to progress as a football nation it should ditch the facile results-only obsessionWith family and friends waiting outside in the foyer, just hours after Australia’s morale-crushing round of 16 loss to Norway, captain Sam Kerr rallied he…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising

The United States are the only team from outside Europe in the quarter-finals, in which England will play with the jury still outSpain have lifted the air of infallibility around the world champions but the USA are the title holders for a reason. Spain…

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Matildas fall short on mother of all rollercoaster rides | Joey Peters

The expectations of Australia at the World Cup were justified but nothing in football should shock us any moreAustralia believed they could go far in this World Cup, maybe even all the way. Belief has been a wonderful narrative around the Matildas for …

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Matildas’ World Cup exit is no disgrace; let’s avoid knee-jerk reactions | Richard Parkin

Ante Milicic was playing with the cards FFA dealt him and Australian fans should take a deep breathFor a deflated Ante Milicic post-match, the Matildas’ round of 16 elimination was the kind of kick in the teeth that makes you question your involvement …