Young Matildas name rising A-League talent in squad to face New Zealand

Australia have selected a Young Matildas squad with a strong contingent from women’s A-League clubs as they prepare for a two-match series against the New Zealand U-20 team.

The Australians have chosen a 25-player squad to attend a training camp and play New Zealand as both national teams prepare for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia.

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Leah Blayney.

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Young Matildas head coach Leah Blayney said: “As we head into our next phase of preparation, it presents a real window to assess and evaluate our team progress as we focus in on the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“A significant portion of this squad has been with us throughout this most current cycle. They have a demonstrated ability to perform on the international stage and are currently doing everything in their control to be selected for the upcoming Youth World Cup.

“Since the conclusion of the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup, we have also been diligently identifying potential new players while bolstering the players in our Future Matildas programs domestically and abroad.

“With two quality matches against Aotearoa New Zealand, our technical team is eager to witness greater fluency in our play as a unit.

“We’ll be looking to build on existing chemistry as well as further encourage our players to continue to play attacking, positive, entertaining football.

“I want them to continue to play brave, positive and entertaining football.”

Australia U-20 squad


Tahlia Franco (Sydney FC)
Chloe Lincoln (Western United)


Alexia Apostolakis (Melbourne City)
Tegan Bertolissio (Macarthur)
Ella Buchanan (NWS Spirit)
Sasha Grove (Western United)
Naomi Chinnama (Future Matildas NSW)
Jessika Nash (Blacktown Spartans)


Maddy Caspers (Bulls Academy)
Georgia Cassidy (Perth SC)
Rosie Curtis (Booroondara Eagles)

Indiana Dos Santos (Sydney FC)
Emma Dundas (Newcastle Jets)
Shay Hollman (Sydney FC)
Zara Kruger (Brisbane Roar)
Avaani Prakash (Bulls Academy)
Alicia Woods (Peninsula Power)


Milly Broughton (Tottenham Hotspur, England)
Jynaya Dos Santos (Sydney FC)
Lara Gooch (Newcastle Jets)
Milan Hammond (Newcastle Jets)
Kahli Johnson (Western United)
Tanaye Morris (Adelaide University)
Emilia Murray (Future Matildas NSW)
Peta Trimis (Bulls Academy)

Friendly fixtures

Game to be played on Thursday July 11, 2024

New Zealand v Australia
Jerry Collins Stadium, Porirua, 2.30pm

Game to be played on Sunday July 14, 2024

New Zealand v Australia
NZCIS, Upper Hutt, 2.30pm (behind closed doors)

This story was first published on July 8, 2024.

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