Young Matildas. Source: Jason McCawley/Getty Images.

Young Matildas head coach Gary van Egmond has today announced the 23-player roster that will be heading to Myanmar for the second stage of qualifying for the 2019 AFC U-19s Women’s Championship.

The Young Matildas will take on Nepal (26 April), Myanmar (28 April) and Uzbekistan (30 April) in this next stage of qualifying. If they finish first or second in Group A, they will join Thailand (hosts), Japan, DPR Korea, China PR, and three other teams in the finals, which will take place in October and November.

The top three nations from this finals series will advance to the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“Our upcoming matches in Mandalay will be crucial for the ongoing development of the Young Matildas,” van Egmond said.

“We have a clear target in Myanmar, and that is to secure qualification for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship so that we can set our focus on FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification.

“We will also be aiming to see progress in individuals and the team on the international stage.”

Squad:

Name Current Club/Program
Morgan AQUINO (GK) Northern Redbacks
MelindaJ BARBIERI Future Matildas
Chelsea BLISSETT Future Matildas
Kyra COONEY-CROSS Future Matildas
Leah DAVIDSON Brisbane Roar FC
Shadeene EVANS Future Matildas
Ciara FOWLER Bankstown City FC
Mary FOWLER Bankstown City FC
Rosaria GALEA Macarthur Rams
Charlotte GRANT Future Matildas
Annalee GROVE (GK) Future Matildas
Emily HODGSON West Adelaide
Angelique HRISTODOULOU Sydney Olympic FC
Princess IBINI NWS Koalas/Future Matildas
Rachel LOWE Future Matildas
Courtney NEVIN Future Matildas
Hollie PALMER Brisbane Roar FC
Susan PHONSONGKHAM Sydney Olympic FC/Future Matildas
Olivia RIDDEL (GK) FNSW Institute
Indiah-Paige RILEY Brisbane Roar FC
Karly ROESTBAKKEN Future Matildas
Amy SAYER Future Matildas
Tessa TAMPLIN Newcastle Jets FC

Matches:

Young Matildas v Nepal
Date: Friday, 26 April
Venue: Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay, Myanmar
Kick-off: 4:00pm (local); 7:30pm (AEST)

Myanmar v Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 28 April
Venue: Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay, Myanmar
Kick-off: 6:00pm (local); 9:30pm (AEST)

Young Matildas v Uzbekistan
Date: Tuesday, 30 April
Venue: Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay, Myanmar
Kick-off: 3:00pm (local); 6:30pm (AEST)