Tough draw for Qantas Young Matildas
Australia will face its arch rival New Zealand for the first time in a major competition since our departure from the Oceania Football Confederation, after the draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia was made last night.
Australia will face its arch rival New Zealand for the first time in a major competition since our departure from the Oceania Football Confederation, after the draw for the FIFA U-20 Women-s World Championship in Russia was made last night.
Apart from New Zealand, Australia will also play European Champions and hosts Russia, plus South American Champions Brazil, in what shapes as a tough group A.
With the competition expanded to 16 teams, only the top two from each group will advance to the quarter finals, with Russia and Brazil likely to be considered favourites to advance from Group A.
The Qantas Young Matildas will open its tournament with a match against New Zealand on August 17 in St Petersburg, followed three days later by Brazil, also in St Petersburg. They will then move to Moscow for a showdown with Russia on August 23. All matches kick-off at 4.00pm (Russian time).
Group A - Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia
Group B - China, Finland, Africa (1), Canada
Group C - Switzerland, Mexico, DPR Korea, Germany
Group D - Africa (2), USA, France, Argentina
Australia played New Zealand as preparation for the AFC qualifiers in February, winning 4-0 and 3-1 in the two matches at the AIS.
Update to Young Socceroos squad for AFC U19 Championship
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed on Friday a change to the Young Socceroos squad that is competing at the 2018 AFC U19 Championship in Indonesia. Young Socceroos coach Ante Milicic has brought in Melbourne City FC’s Connor Metcalfe to replace Western Sydney Wa
When are your Caltex Socceroos in action this weekend?
Awer Mabil will be among the Aussies taking Caltex Socceroos form back to the club grind as Aaron Mooy braces for a huge Premier League test this weekend. Meanwhile, there's a match not to be missed in Scotland that's set to showcase several of our overseas stars. Read on t
Milicic calls for fast start to AFC U-19 Championship campaign
Ante Milicic has urged his Young Socceroos side not to waste a second at the AFC U-19 Championship as they prepare to meet Korea Republic on Friday night. A tournament-opening victory for either nation in Indonesia could prove crucial to progressing from a tricky Group C that
Gallery: Caltex Socceroos camp in pictures
The Caltex Socceroos are looking ahead to November's twin matches in a positive mindframe after comfortably accounting for Kuwait 4-0 in a friendly earlier this week. Australia's impressive win came as reward for the hard work done during a Dubai training camp in the lead-up t