2019 Women's World Cup: Getting to know Team Australia



With the 2019 Women’s World Cup less than a month out, we here at For The Win wanted to preview every team that will feature in this tournament. We’ve already looked at the U.S. Women’s National team and a host of other squads.

Let’s now take a look at Team Australia.

Australia Group C Schedule

Sunday, June 9 at 7 a.m. ET vs. Italy (FS1)

Thursday, June 13 at Noon ET vs. Brazil (Fox)

Tuesday, June 18 at 3 p.m. ET vs. Jamaica (FS2)

Key Players

The Matildas, coached by TK, have one of the most exciting attacks in the World Cup. They also aren’t super great on defense, which all means: Every game they play is going to be loads of fun. There will be GOALS, y’all.

Making those goals happen:

Sam Kerr

Kerr is a 25-year-old striker who scores goals. She scores goals everywhere she goes, perpetually and constantly. She scores so, so many goals. She’s scored 31 goals for Australia. She had 18 goals in 22 appearances (!) in NWSL for the Chicago Red Stars in 2018. She is probably going to score goals in this World Cup, because that’s what she does.

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Caitlin Foord

Foord will be paired up in the attack with Kerr, and the electrifying winger loves to run at defenders. She’s coming off a season which saw her miss most of it due to injury for the Portland Thorns, but in a limited run she still chipped in a couple goals and quickly became a key part of their attack.

Ellie Carpenter

Carpenter is Australia’s best hope in their back line, and at 19 is already standing out as a fullback who can play at the highest level. If she and the other Matildas defenders can find some rigidity, Australia could go far. And if they don’t, we’re going to have a bunch of fun 4-3 games to watch.

Recent World Cup History

Australia has advanced to the quarterfinals in three consecutive World Cups, and … that feels like what’s going to happen here again? They’re in a tough group with Brazil, a decent Italy side and a scrappy Jamaica team. You’d expect them to advance with Brazil, score some amazing goals, then get bounced when teams can match their firepower. But it wouldn’t totally surprise me if they made a final?

What Experts Are Saying

SB Nation’s Kim McCauley wrote that Australia would be one of the most entertaining teams to watch at the tournament “specifically because their defense sucks. And of course, because they have Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord up top.

“Kerr has scored 12 goals for Australia since the start of 2018, and 79 goals in her last 83 club matches. Behind her, Foord has been willing to do a lot of dirty work, as well as passing Kerr the ball. Their attack is fantastic. But they’ve also conceded eight goals to the USA and Netherlands in their last two matches.”

Basically: Goals. Every which way.

How To Be a Fan

Learn the lyrics to “Waltzing Matilda,” maybe? Kidding. If you like goals, don the yellow and cheer hard for Kerr, because she’s going to be bagging them.



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