Arsenal’s Lydia Williams leads alternate Matildas squad for Portugal, Spain friendlies

The Matildas will field an almost unrecognisable lineup for upcoming friendlies against Spain and Portugal after coach Tony Gustavsson named a 24-player squad on Monday absent a score of his side's highest-profile names. Full story in ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australia-ausw/story/4684227/arsenals-lydia-williams-leads-alternate-matildas-squad-for-portugalspain-friendlies

‘It sounds crazy… but it’s now or never’: Why an entire generation of Aussies are on the move

With a World Cup little over a year away and the short A-League Women coupled with reading between the lines of head coach Tony Gustavsson's comments, the best way into his squad is heading overseas. And for many, it's a 'now or never' decision to make. Full story for Optus Sport: https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os44038/womens-world-cup-2023-australia-matildas-a-league-women-overseas-moves

Socceroos keep World Cup hopes alive, despite worryingly slow start vs. UAE

The dream of a fifth-straight World Cup remains alive for the Socceroos. Despite the foibles that have come to define the team in recent years resurfacing across a frustrating opening hour, Australia downed the United Arab Emirates by 2-1 in an AFC playoff on Wednesday morning. Now, Australia's hopes of joining France, Denmark, and Tunisia … Continue reading Socceroos keep World Cup hopes alive, despite worryingly slow start vs. UAE

Afghanistan women’s national team plays first competitive match in exile

Eight months after being forced to flee for their lives as the Taliban seized control of their homeland, the Afghanistan women's national team marked another monumental step in their journey on Sunday, officially returning to competitive football. Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/afghanistan/story/4651465/afghanistan-womens-national-team-plays-first-competitive-match-in-exile