Matildas to being World Cup preparations at home (Image Source: FFA)

Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic has announced his first 23 player squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations to be held in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

With input from the Matildas coaching staff, the selected squad boasts 21 players from the recent W-League season, supplemented by Spanish-based midfielders Alex Chidiac and Aivi Luik.  

“I am looking forward to all the players and staff arriving in camp and getting to work,” Milicic said.

“We will have four great days of training in Brisbane before traveling to Sydney to play New Zealand in the first match of the tournament.”

The Cup of Nations squad sees recalls for Sydney FC championship winning captain Teresa Polias, Melbourne Victory defender Teigen Allen and Perth Glory goalkeeper Eliza Campbell.  

Meanwhile Brisbane Roar forward Hayley Raso returns to the squad after a successful recovery from the back injury which kept her out of the game for almost six months.  

The Matildas will arrive for the pre-Cup of Nations training camp on Saturday.  

“It is important that we make the most of the next two weeks that we have together both on and off the pitch,” said Milicic.  

“With matches and travel in quick succession throughout the Cup of Nations, this tournament will replicate some of the demands that we will experience at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which will be a good test for everyone involved.”

The six-match 2019 Cup of Nations will kick-off at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah on Thursday, 28 February with Argentina playing Korea Republic followed by the Westfield Matildas against New Zealand.


Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 Cup of Nations

 

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Teigen ALLEN

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

39 (0)

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

57 (2)

Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

22 (0)

Tameka BUTT

Melbourne City FC, Australia

74 (10)

Eliza CAMPBELL (GK)

Perth Glory FC, Australia

2 (0)

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

28 (1)

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

69 (2)

Alex CHIDIAC

Atletico Madrid, Spain

14 (1)

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

143 (45)

Caitlin FOORD

Sydney FC, Australia

67 (14)

Emily GIELNIK

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

24 (5)

Princess IBINI

Sydney FC, Australia

5 (0)

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Melbourne City FC, Australia

102 (1)

Alanna KENNEDY

Sydney FC, Australia

74 (6)

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory FC, Australia

72 (27)

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

37 (6)

Aivi LUIK

Levante UD, Spain

19 (0)

Teresa POLIAS

Sydney FC, Australia

10 (0)

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

112 (9)

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

30 (2)

Gema SIMON

Newcastle Jets FC, Australia

8 (0)

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets FC, Australia

82 (18)

Lydia WILLIAMS (GK)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

74 (0)


Note: Brisbane Roar FC attacker Allira Toby will train with the squad while the team is in Brisbane ahead of the 2019 Cup of Nations.

2019 Cup of Nations – Match Schedule

Matchday One

Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah (Sydney), New South Wales
Match One: Argentina v Korea Republic – 4.35pm kick-off (AEDT) – Live on FOX SPORTS
Match Two: Westfield Matildas v New Zealand – 7.30pm kick-off (AEDT)
Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS & SBS VICELAND* (please check local guides)

Matchday Two

Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland
Match One: Argentina v New Zealand – 3.05pm kick-off (AEST); 4.05pm (AEDT)
Match Two: Westfield Matildas v Korea Republic – 6.00pm kick-off (AEST); 7.00pm (AEDT)
Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS, delayed on SBS* (please check local guides)

Matchday Three

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Match One: Korea Republic v New Zealand – 3.05pm kick-off (AEDT)
Match Two: Westfield Matildas v Argentina – 6.00pm kick-off (AEDT)
Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS & SBS VICELAND* (please check local guides)