Liberty A-League prospects called up by Junior Matildas for U17 Asian Cup

There are nine Liberty A-League-based players in the Junior Matildas’ squad for the upcoming AFC Under-17 Asian Cup.

Some of the most exciting prospects in the Liberty A-League are in the 23-player squad set to feature at next month’s tournament in Bali, Indonesia, where China PR, defending champions Japan and Thailand await Australia.

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Shelby McMahon (Melbourne City), Kiera Meyers (Melbourne City), Emma Dundas (Newcastle Jets), Indiana Dos Santos (Sydney FC), Talia Younis (Western Sydney Wanderers), Annabelle Yates (Melbourne Victory), Sian Dewey (Adelaide United), Ruby Cuthbert (Brisbane Roar) and Jessica Skinner (Perth Glory) are in Rae Dower’s squad.

Players still in action during the Liberty A-League Finals Series will join the squad at the conclusion of their respective club’s campaign.

The top two teams from each group will advance to AFC Cup knockout phase, with the top three nations from qualifying for October’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the Dominican Republic as AFC’s representatives.


“We’re excited about the composition of the final squad. We’ve got more depth than ever across this cohort and we’re really happy with the team representing the nation at this prestigious tournament,” Dower said. 

“It’s a squad that is adaptable and flexible, can play a variety of different systems with some strong, robust defenders and real ‘x-factor’ players; creative and dangerous in that middle and final third.

“We’ve got a great mix of players who have contributed to our Asian Cup qualification and have five debutants that have been working very hard in their respective Member Federation programs to gain selection.

“It’s hugely disappointing for the players who’ve succumbed to recent injuries. That’s a part of football and will provide a learning opportunity in dealing with disappointment and building resilience. 

“Their misfortune is an opportunity for their teammates. We’ve been working on building depth and that means we’ve got players who will step up and do their country proud in the absence of others.

“I thank the respective Member Federations and club staff for their support and collaboration in the development of our next generation female footballers.”


Match Schedule

China PR v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 7 May 2024
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local) / 6.00pm AEST
Venue: Bali United Training Centre, Bali

Australia v Japan
Date: Friday, 10 May 2024
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local) / 9.00pm AEST
Venue: Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Bali

Australia v Thailand
Date: Monday, 13 May 2024
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local) / 6.00pm AEST
Venue: Bali United Training Centre, Bali

LaylaADAMSGoalkeeperGold Coast United / Football Queensland
CaoimheBRAYGoalkeeperEmerging Jets / Northern NSW Football
Danella BUTRUSForwardFV Emerging / Football Victoria
RubyCUTHBERTDefenderBrisbane Roar / Football West
SiennaDALEForwardManly FC / Football New South Wales
SianDEWEYMidfielderAdelaide United / Football South Australia
IndianaDOS SANTOSMidfielderSydney FC / Football New South Wales
Emma DUNDASMidfielderNewcastle Jets / Northern NSW Football
MikaylaDUONGMidfielderFNSW Institute / Football New South Wales
AliceFRANCOUForwardFV Emerging / Football Victoria
TianaFULLERForwardFNSW Institute / Football New South Wales
EhvaGUTSZMITMidfielderFV Emerging / Football Victoria
IsabelaHOYOSDefenderFQ-QAS / Football Queensland
AlvinaKHOSHABADefenderFNSW Institute / Football New South Wales
ChristinaKICEECDefenderFNSW Institute / Football New South Wales
ShelbyMCMAHONMidfielderMelbourne City / Football Queensland
KieraMEYERSMidfielderMelbourne City / Football Victoria
ChloePARKERDefenderFQ-QAS / Football Queensland
LilyPUNCHForwardFQ-QAS / Football Queensland
JessicaSKINNERGoalkeeperPerth Glory / Football West
AmeliaTARTAGLIADefenderFV Emerging / Football Victoria
AnnabelleYATESDefenderMelbourne Victory / Football Victoria
TaliaYOUNISMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers / Football New South Wales