Westfield Matildas squad announced for AIS training camp

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named a 22-player squad for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra from 5-8 October 2015.

The majority of the squad comprises players from the Westfield Matildas’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 campaign, with 16 of the 22 having been part of Australia’s run to the Quarter Finals in Canada.

The other six players selected for the camp include Newcastle Jets duo Tara Andrew and Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Sydney FC’s Princess Ibini-Isei and Amy Harrison, Canberra United’s Ellie Brush, and Western Sydney Wanderers defender Caitlin Cooper.

Stajcic will use the camp as a launching pad for a tournament in China that is scheduled to begin on 23 October 2015. The tournament is set to be a vital part of the Westfield Matildas’ preparations towards February’s qualifiers for next year’s 2016 Rio Olympics.

The announcement of the squad comes after Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed the Westfield Matildas’ preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers will continue after an interim deal was accepted by the PFA.

Westfield Matildas squad – AIS training camp 5-8 October 2015

Mackenzie Arnold (gk), Laura Alleway, Tara Andrews, Nicola Bolger, Ellie Brush, Tameka Butt, Stephanie Catley, Caitlin Cooper, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Katrina Gorry,Amy Harrison, Princess Ibini-Isei, Michelle Heyman, Alanna Kennedy, Samantha Kerr, Clare Polkinghorne, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon, Ashleigh Sykes, Lydia Williams (gk),Georgia Yeoman-Dale