CONFIRMED: Matildas squad locked in for Women’s World Cup

Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson has revealed his final squad set to compete at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Kyah Simon the surprise selection among the 23-strong outfit.

Captain and Chelsea FC star Sam Kerr headlines the squad selected to represent the nation at the major tournament staged in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.

Kerr is joined by the likes of Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Hayley Raso, Clare Polkinghorne and Ellie Carpenter as expected inclusions among the final 23-player squad; Simon would normally join those familiar names as a World Cup certainty, if not for an ACL injury in October whilst playing for English club Tottenham Hotspur.

Simon is yet to return to action, but has been entrusted with a spot in the 23-player squad by Gustavsson in what can only be described as a roll of the dice from the Matildas head coach.


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Meanwhile, there’s heartbreak for Chloe Logarzo, who was named in the 29-player preliminary squad in June but does not make the final cut for the World Cup. Logarzo recovered from an ACL injury of her own, returning through the Liberty A-League with Western United before making her Matildas comeback in October. A subsequent plantar fasciitis injury in her left foot has kept Logarzo sidelined since January, and she’s one of the unfortunate names from the preliminary squad to miss out on selection for the major tournament.

Of the 29-player preliminary squad, Logarzo is one of six to make way along with Amy Sayer, Remy Siemsen, Jada Whyman, Larissa Crummer and Emily Gielnik.

A-Leagues stars Clare Hunt (Western Sydney) and Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC) earned their respective spots in the final 23; they’ll venture to the World Cup for the very first time.

Joining Vine and Hunt as World Cup debutants are Alex Chidiac, Clare Wheeler, Charlotte Grant, Courtney Nevin and Kyra Cooney-Cross, while veterans Clare Polkinghorne and Lydia Williams both prepare to take part in their fifth World Cup.

“Today is the end of a two-and-a-half-year process and the wonderful start of a thrilling new journey for the team,” Gustavsson said, upon announcing his 23-player squad.

“Selecting this World Cup squad has been the toughest challenge so far, but the whole coaching and support staff are all completely overjoyed for the 23 players who will represent the nation during this tournament.” 

“These 23 players not only exemplify what it means to be a part of the tradition of the CommBank Matildas, but also what it means to represent the 25 million Australians we know are fully behind us. They have the heart, desire and the passion for the crest, and I can’t wait to see the next part of their story.” 


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Provided by Football Australia

  • The average age of the Matildas squad is 27.9 years; Mary Fowler is the youngest player selected at 20 years, and Aivi Luik is the eldest at 38
  • There’s an average of 67 caps per player among the selected squad
  • The 2023 squad is the most experienced of any Matildas squad across eight Women’s World Cups

CommBank Matildas | Final Squad | FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 

Lydia WILLIAMS Brighton & Hove Albion WFC 102 (0)  2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football   
Courtney NEVIN Leicester City WFC 22 (0)  Debut Oakville Ravens SC / Football New South Wales  
Aivi LUIK BK Häcken  42 (1)  2019 Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland  
Clare POLKINGHORNE Vittsjö GIK 156 (16)  2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba Bulldogs / Football Queensland  
Cortnee VINE Sydney FC  16 (3)  Debut Peninsula Power FC / Football Queensland 
Clare WHEELER Everton WFC 14 (0) Debut Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football 
Steph CATLEY Arsenal WFC 109 (3) 2015, 2019 East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria  
Alex CHIDIAC Racing Louisville FC 27 (2)  Debut Croydon Kings/ Football South Australia   
Caitlin FOORD Arsenal WFC 108 (29)  2011, 2015, 2019 Warilla Wanderers / Football New South Wales  
10 Emily VAN EGMOND San Diego Wave FC 127 (30) 2011, 2015, 2019 Dudley Redhead United FC / Northern NSW Football 
11 Mary FOWLER Manchester City FC 36 (9)  2019 Leichhardt FC / Football Queensland  
12 Teagan MICAH FC Rosengård 14 (0)  2019 Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football Queensland 
13 Tameka YALLOP SK Brann 112 (12) 2011, 2015, 2019 Mudgeeraba SC / Football Queensland 
14 Alanna KENNEDY Manchester City WFC 108 (8) 2015, 2019 Campbelltown Cobras SC / Football New South Wales 
15 Clare HUNT Western Sydney Wanderers FC 5 (0) Debut Grenfell Junior Soccer Club / Football New South Wales 
16 Hayley RASO Unattached 70 (12) 2015, 2019 Banora Point SC / Football Queensland 
17 Kyah SIMON Unattached 111 (29) 2011, 2015 Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football New South Wales 
18 Mackenzie ARNOLD West Ham United FC 34 (0)  2015, 2019 Burleigh Heads SC / Football Queensland  
19 Katrina GORRY Vittsjö GIK 93 (17)  2015, 2019 Mount Gravatt Hawks FC / Football Queensland 
20 Sam KERR Chelsea WFC 120 (63)  2011, 2015, 2019 Western Knights SC / Football West  
21 Ellie CARPENTER Olympique Lyon 61 (3) 2019 Cowra and District JSC / Football New South Wales 
22 Charlotte GRANT Vittsjö GIK  18 (1)  Debut Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football South Australia  
23 Kyra COONEY-CROSS Hammarby IF 27 (0)  Debut Bli Bli United FC / Football Queensland 

Fixtures | Group B | FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 

Australia v Republic of Ireland 
Date: 20 July 2023 
Venue:  Stadium Australia, Sydney/Wangal 
Kick-off Time: 8:00pm (AEST) 
Broadcast: Optus Sport and Channel 7 

Australia v Nigeria 
Date: 27 July 2023 
Venue: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane/Meanjin 
Kick-off Time: 8:00pm (AEST) 
Broadcast: Optus Sport and Channel 7 

Canada v Australia 
Date: 31 July 2023