Matildas great turns to mentoring

With 75 Matildas caps to her name and a storied career both in Australia and abroad Sarah Walsh has a mountain of knowledge to pass on to the next generation of future Australian female football stars.

With 75 Matildas caps to her name and a storied career both in Australia and abroad Sarah Walsh has a mountain of knowledge to pass on to the next generation of future Australian female football stars.

The FFA has ensured that Walsh-s unique insights into the game will not be wasted with one of the nation-s football stalwarts coming on board as the FFA-s Female Player Mentor and Liason Manager.

Walsh retired after captaining the inaugural Western Sydney Wanderers W-League team last season having played four seasons for Sydney FC and also had a number of stints in America.

As professional opportunities in football continue to grow for women both in Australia and around the world there is no doubt that Walsh is in the perfect position to help Australia-s elite female players plan for the future.

“It will be great to be involved with the national team again and help out Australia-s elite female footballers with decisions on their future,” said Walsh.

“I will be there to offer advice to our footballers and help them to make informed choices on their careers.”

With more competition than ever to make it into the Matildas squad, Walsh will assist in pushing Australia-s athletes to the next level.

“Every player is different and I will be hoping to push them to become the best they can be so they can enhance their performances.

“I will look to aid their professional development and ensure they are heading in the right direction.”

Walsh played for Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC and Pali Blues in the strong US Women-s Professional Football League and will be a great sounding board for Australian players that are looking to make a similar move to she did.

“I have a lot of connections in the US and overseas and I will be able to source information and offer independent advice on big decisions like moving abroad.

“I will also be able to act as someone who can connect many Australians that are playing in the US college system back with what the national team is aiming to achieve.”

Walsh is on the verge of finishing her marketing degree and acknowledges that she is looking to help Australia-s female footballers both on and off the pitch.

“The role will help me take a holistic approach to our female footballers lives.

“There is a lot of time away from the pitch where players can work or study and look to the future after they finish their careers.”

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