Head Coach of the Women’s U-20 football team (the Westfield Young Matildas), Alen Stajcic, has selected a 20 player squad to travel to Italy and Indonesia for a series of friendly matches from 23 May to 6 June, as preparation for participation in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) U-19 Women’s Championships in August.

The tour is possible due to the generous support of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

An extended squad of 23 players will prepare at a three day pre-departure camp at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood (Sydney), from 16 May. The final 20 member squad will depart Sydney on 19 May and be based at the AIS hub in Varese, Italy, where they will play a series of friendlies against Finland and Germany .

The Westfield Young Matildas will meet Indonesia in Bangkok en route home to Australia on 6 June .

“The tour is a wonderful opportunity to continue our preparations for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championships,” said Stajcic.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our young players to travel to Europe and play against highly regarded football countries such as Finland and Germany.

“We are very fortunate to have been given this chance and it will most certainly be used as a positive and fantastic experience for the players involved,” concluded Stajcic.

The AFC U-19 Women’s Championships 2009 will be held in Wuhan, China from 1 -12 August. The Championships also double as the qualification process for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany next year.

Westfield Young Matildas – Match schedule – International Friendlies

Saturday 23 May 2009
Westfield Young Matildas v Finland
Varese, Italy
kick-off 1pm local time (9pm AEST)

Monday 25 May 2009
Westfield Young Matildas v Finland
Varese, Italy
kick-off 1pm local time (9pm AEST)

Wednesday 27 May 2009
Westfield Young Matildas v Germany
Varese, Italy
kick-off 3pm local time (11pm AEST)

Saturday 6 June 2009
Westfield Young Matildas v Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
kick-off 11am local time (2pm AEST)

Westfield Young Matildas squad
Pre-tour camp 16-19 May 2009
Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood, NSW

Teigen Allen – NSWIS
Courtney Beutel – Queensland Roar
Ruth Blackburn* – Queensland Roar
Nicola Bolger – Sydney FC
Tameka Butt – Queensland Roar
Alesha Clifford – Sydney FC
Casey Dumont – Queensland Roar
Angela Fimmano – Adelaide United
Elise Kellond-Knight – Queensland Roar
Samantha Kerr – Perth Glory
Rebecca Kiting* – Canberra United
Ella Mastrantonio – Perth Glory
Sian McLaren – Adelaide United
Linda O’Neill – Sydney FC
Teresa Polias – Central Coast Mariners
Karina Roweth – Central Coast Mariners
Jessica Seaman – Sydney FC
Kyah Simon – Central Coast Mariners
Bronwyn Studman – Canberra United
Ashleigh Sykes – Canberra United
Nicole Sykes – Canberra United
Marianna Tabain – Perth Glory
Emily van Egmond* – Newcastle Jets

*Player training with squad for Australia camp only – not travelling.

  1. Lauren Ginn 10 years ago

    When I first saw the kit I hated it, but I don’t like change. I’m now thinking it’s not so bad. My only problem is when I went to order one, all of the information in the description said men’s kit. I don’t want the men’s. I want a women’s fitted kit. 

    Now I also have to decide who I should get on the back. I already have a Rapinoe one. Not sure if I should get someone new.

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