Australia Women’s World Cup 2023 Squad : Tony Gustavsson Announced the Official 23-Player Final Squad

As Matildas announces 23 players squad, their most experience forward Sam Kerr, will serve as the team’s captain in her fourth appearance at the World Cup tournament and Steph Catley, a defender, will serve as vice-captain in her third outing at the illustrious World Cup tournament.

Australia Women's World Cup 2023 Squad
  • The team will be led by forward Sam Kerr as captain in her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Football Australia announced the official 23-player Final Squad on July 3, 2023.
  • Australia were drawn in Group B with Canada, Nigeria and Republic of Ireland.

Famous Australian footballers Lydia Williams and Clare Polkinghorne hold the distinction of being the only male or female Australian players to compete in five FIFA World Cup finals competitions. Their selection for the squad is evidence of their extraordinary talent, commitment, and legacy.

Younger players have received priority playing time under manager Gustavsson. Both Kyra Cooney-Cross, 21, and Mary Fowler, 20, are expected to play significant roles in Australia’s midfield and have benefitted from Gustvasson’s confidence in them.

“Today is the end of a two-and-a-half-year process and the wonderful start of a thrilling new journey for the team,” head coach Gustavsson said. “Selecting this World Cup squad has been the toughest challenge so far, but the whole coaching and support staff are all completely overjoyed for the 23 players who will represent the nation during this tournament.”

Australia Women’s World Cup 2023 Squad

PositionPlayerDate of Birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
GoalkeeperLydia Williams13 May 1988 (age 35)1020Brighton & Hove Albion
GoalkeeperTeagan Micah20 October 1997 (age 25)140FC Rosengård
GoalkeeperMackenzie Arnold25 February 1994 (age 29)340West Ham United
DefenderCourtney Nevin12 February 2002 (age 21)220Leicester City
DefenderAivi Luik18 March 1985 (age 38)421BK Häcken
DefenderClare Polkinghorne01 February 1989 (age 34)15616Vittsjö GIK
DefenderSteph Catley (VC)26 January 1994 (age 29)1093Arsenal
DefenderAlanna Kennedy21 January 1995 (age 28)1088Manchester City
DefenderClare Hunt12 March 1999 (aged 24)50Western Sydney Wanderers
DefenderEllie Carpenter28 April 2000 (age 23)613Lyon
DefenderCharlotte Grant20 Sept 2001 (age 21)181Vittsjö GIK
MidfielderKyra Cooney-Cross15 February 2002 (age 21)270Hammarby IF
MidfielderClare Wheeler14 January 1998 (age 25)140Everton
MidfielderAlex Chidiac15 January 1999 (age 24)272Racing Louisville
MidfielderEmily van Egmond12 July 1993 (age 30)12730San Diego Wave
MidfielderTameka Yallop16 June 1991 (age 32)11212Brann
MidfielderKatrina Gorry13 August 1992 (age 30)9317Brisbane Roar
ForwardCortnee Vine9 April 1998 (age 25)163Sydney FC
ForwardCaitlin Foord11 Nov 1994 (age 28)10829Arsenal
ForwardMary Fowler14 February 2003 (age 20)369Manchester City
ForwardHayley Raso5 September 1994 (age 28)7012Manchester City
ForwardKyah Simon25 June 1991 (age 32)11129Tottenham Hotspur
ForwardSam Kerr (captain)10 Sept 1993 (age 29)12063Chelsea

“These 23 players not only exemplify what it means to be a part of the tradition of the CommBank Matildas, but also what it means to represent the 25 million Australians we know are fully behind us. They have the heart, desire and the passion for the crest, and I can’t wait to see the next part of their story.” said Gustavsson at the press conference.

“This is a special group of players who, when you see the anticipation around the tournament and level of interest for women’s football, have already sparked a transformation. We can’t wait to get the tournament underway in front of a record crowd of support.” 

Australia is in great spirits after defeating the Lionesses 2-0 in April to become the first team to defeat England under Sarina Wiegman.

After losing 1-0 to Scotland earlier in the break, Australia gained confidence with the victory with to goals from Sam Kerr and Charley Grant.

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Starting Line-up XI :

Who is Australia’s Manager?

When it comes to women’s football, Gustavsson has a very good résumé. He joined Tyresö in 2012 after managing in the men’s game, guiding them to their first Damallsvenskan championship and a Champions League final but when they went bankrupt, Gustvasson moved to United States.

Gustvasson joined the United States Women’s National Team as an assistant coach, helping them to win the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

In 2020, he resigned to take over as manager of Australia’s first team. While Gustavsson’s record hasn’t always been stellar—the 2022 Asian Cup exit was a particular letdown—making the Tokyo Olympics semifinals was considered a major accomplishment.

Australia’s Group B Fixtures

20 July
Australia-Republic of Ireland (20:00 local time, 06:00 ET, Accor Stadium, Sydney)

27 July
Australia-Nigeria (20:00 local time, 06:00 ET, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

31 July
Australia-Canada (20:00 local time, 06:00 ET, AAMI Park, Melbourne)

Where is the next Women’s World Cup 2023?

This is the first time in the entire history of FIFA Women’s World Cup that there are more than one host nation. The tournament will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and it will take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023. 

Did Australia qualify for the World Cup 2023?

As host countries automatically qualify for the World Cup tournament. So, Australia and New Zealand, as co-hosts, qualified automatically for the World Cup 2023 tournament.

How many countries are in the Women’s World Cup 2023?

This tournament will be the first to feature the expanded format of 32 teams from the previous 24, competing across 64 games,

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