Revealed: the 29 players fighting to be included in the Matildas’ World Cup squad

Six players to be cut from provisional squad after coach Tony Gustavsson oversees pre-Cup training camp on Gold Coast

Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson has revealed the 29-player provisional squad he will select from to form his final 23-strong squad for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Included in the squad is forward Kyah Simon, who is recovering from an ACL tear and has played just two hours of football since May, and Western United midfielder Chloe Logarzo who missed the end of the Liberty A-League campaign with a plantar fasciitis injury.

But there is no room for a number of World Cup aspirants in the 29-player provisional squad, including recent debutant defender Matilda McNamara, and star Melbourne City winger Holly McNamara.

The latter is a significant omission from the provisional squad; since coming back from an ACL injury, Holly McNamara has played six games for City and five more in the NPL for APIA Leichhardt. The 20-year-old is one of the most exciting young prospects in the emerging Matildas crop.

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Elise Kellond-Knight is another key absentee; the veteran midfielder looked set to be one of the fairy tale stories of the tournament for the Matildas after recovering from her own ACL injury, but ruptured her Achilles tendon at Melbourne Victory training in March.

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Kyah Simon is included despite playing two hours of football in 13 months.

The provisional squad is set to descend on the Gold Coast for final tournament preparations, before hosting France in a World Cup tune-up on Friday, July 14. Gustavsson will shave the provisional 29-player squad down by six in July.

“From the first day of our first training session in 2021, we said it would take 23 in 23 for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and everyone would have a role to play in that journey,” Gustavsson said.

“What we have seen is that it has actually taken more than 23 players to bring us to this moment and for that reason I am thrilled to work with the players named in this Provisional Squad during the final phase of our preparation.

“I have been impressed by their full commitment at every step, and now we have the chance to fine tune and solidify our gameplan ahead of a phenomenally exciting couple of weeks.

“I would like to also take this opportunity to thank the Federation, my dedicated national team staff and the clubs for the support given to provide the players the platform to be as best prepared for the tournament of a lifetime.

The Matildas open their World Cup campaign against Republic of Ireland in Sydney on July 20, before facing Nigeria (July 27 in Brisbane) and Canada (July 31 in Melbourne).


Mackenzie ARNOLDGoalkeeperWest Ham United FC34 (0)Burleigh / Football Queensland 
Ellie CARPENTERDefenderOlympique Lyon61 (3)Cowra and District / Football New South Wales
Steph CATLEYDefenderArsenal FC109 (3)East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria 
Alex CHIDIACMidfielderRacing Louisville FC26 (2)Croydon Kings/ Football South Australia  
Kyra COONEY-CROSSMidfielderHammarby IF27 (0)Bli Bli United FC / Football Queensland
Larissa CRUMMERForwardSK Brann33 (4)Peninsula Power / Football Queensland  
Caitlin FOORDForwardArsenal WFC108 (29)Warilla Wanderers / Football New South Wales 
Mary FOWLERForwardManchester City FC36 (9) Leichhardt / Football Queensland 
Emily GIELNIKForwardUnattached57 (11)Redlands United / Football Queensland
Katrina GORRYMidfielderVittsjö GIK93 (17) Mt Gravatt Hawks / Football Queensland
Charlotte GRANTDefenderVittsjö GIK18 (1) Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football South Australia 
Clare HUNTDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers FC5 (0)Grenfell Junior Soccer Club / Football New South Wales
Alanna KENNEDYDefenderManchester City FC108 (8)Campbelltown Cobras / Football New South Wales
Sam KERRForwardChelsea WFC120 (63) Western Knights / Football West 
Chloe LOGARZOMidfielderWestern United FC55 (8) Carlingford Redbacks / Football New South Wales
Aivi LUIKDefenderBK Häcken42 (1)Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland 
Teagan MICAHGoalkeeperFC Rosengård14 (0)Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football Queensland
Courtney NEVINDefenderLeicester City on loan from Hammarby IF21 (0)Oakville Ravens / Football New South Wales
Clare POLKINGHORNEDefenderVittsjö GIK156 (16)Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / Football Queensland 
Hayley RASOForwardUnattached70 (12)Banora Point / Football Queensland
Amy SAYERMidfielderStanford University6 (0)Northbridge FC / Football New South Wales
Remy SIEMSENForwardLeicester City FC6 (0)Manly United / Football New South Wales
Kyah SIMONForwardUnattached111 (29)Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football New South Wales
Emily VAN EGMONDMidfielderSan Diego Wave FC127 (30)Dudley-Redhead / Northern NSW Football
Cortnee VINEForwardSydney FC16 (3)Peninsula Power FC / Football Queensland
Clare WHEELERMidfielderEverton WFC13 (0)Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football
Jada WHYMANGoalkeeperSydney FC0 (0)Tolland football Club / Football New South Wales
Lydia WILLIAMSGoalkeeperBrighton & Hove Albion FC102 (0)Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football  
Tameka YALLOPMidfielderSK Brann112 (12)Mudgeeraba / Football Queensland